Hambo Discusses the World’s Population

At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, we found Be Fruitful and Multiply? Earth’s Population Hits 8 Billion, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Earth just hit a significant milestone. For the first time ever (that we know of — no one knows what the pre-flood population was [Hee hee!]), there are now eight billion people on the planet. While this has been celebrated by some people, many climate alarmists, as expected, have been wringing their hands, moaning about the damage that such a large number of people are doing to “Mother Earth.” But how should Christians view this milestone?

A population that big means that there are a lot of drooling customers willing to buy tickets for Hambo’s creationist attractions, so Hambo should be delighted — and he is. He says:

Well, we should view it according to God’s Word. In Genesis, God gives humanity their mandate:

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)

And that’s not all. He tells us:

This charge to have children and fill the earth is then given again after the flood,

”And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.’” (Genesis 9:1)

That seems clear enough. So what’s the problem? There isn’t any! Hambo explains:

So, we shouldn’t bemoan what 8 billion people might do to the planet — we should celebrate that there are 8 billion image-bearers of God living on this wonderful planet he made for us!

But it’s not that simple. Let’s read on:

Many of the news items reporting on the unknown 8 billionth person’s birth, like this one [Link omitted!], highlight that:

While the Earth’s population is growing quickly, the growth rate is starting to slow down. Eventually, it will start falling and our societies will shrink.

Egad, the population will shrink! Hambo continues:

Sadly, this declining birth rate is largely the result of teaching generations of children things like:

* Babies are just a choice and not a blessing from God.
* Babies aren’t persons until they are born and can be murdered if the mother decides she doesn’t want the baby.
* Motherhood is drudgery and women should aspire for literally anything other than being a wife and mother.
* Marriage is bad so don’t get married.
* Climate change will ruin the earth so don’t bring children into this world because either they will just add to the problem or they will suffer from the effects of climate change.

And so on and so forth!

Rather grim, huh? Here’s another excerpt:

I would also like to point out that humanity’s population size is actually a challenge to the evolutionary worldview. Why?

Well, consider that evolutionists [The fools!] believe modern man has existed for over 200,000 years. And yet, as the article I linked above states, we didn’t hit even a billion people until about 200 years ago. So, for tens and tens of thousands of years, humanity’s size somehow just didn’t grow? Did it stay ridiculously small for an almost incomprehensible amount of time before suddenly exploding in our modern era? That doesn’t make any sense, even with our medical advances!

Jeepers, he’s right! Here’s more:

In this view, if we use conservative numbers, there should be a whopping 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 people on the planet (more atoms than there are in the universe!) — and that’s only going back 50,000 years in supposed human history! Go back to 200,000 years and the problem just gets worse!

Incredible — until Hambo brings some good sense to the situation:

But consider the 8 billion number through the lens of Scripture. Humanity has only been around for about 6,000 years — and the population dropped to just eight about 4,350 years ago during the global flood. Even using a conservative estimate for population growth, 8 billion is a very reasonable number for us to be reaching in 2022.

Yes, very reasonable. And now we come to the end:

As always, the observational evidence confirms God’s Word, not evolutionary imaginings.

Ooooooooooooh! What would we do without Hambo?

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14 responses to “Hambo Discusses the World’s Population

  1. I wonder how he got to the number of 10^100 people in 50,000 years? Anybody reading this, with a minimum amount of brain, must realize that this man is completely unhinged.

  2. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, god-created diseases continue to wipe out the Earth`s population. Notice that no creationist pops up to comment on Covid19`s destruction. And the billions who perished over the ages by disease kind of negates the populate the earth theory.

  3. chris schilling

    Movies Ken Ham never wants to see:

    ‘Honey, I Drowned Humanity’ — Rick Moranis stars as a bumbling deity who invents genocide. Fun and hilarity ensue.

    ‘Honey, I Approved Incest’ — More wacky adventures. Patricia Heaton co-stars in the thankless role of Asherah (they even leave her name out in the end credits). This time, Yahweh stumbles into approving inbreeding as a way to kick-start humanity all over again. “A comic riot from start to finish” said Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.

    ‘Rosemary’s Baby’s Baby is Having a Baby!’ — Controversial follow-up to Polanski’s original. A group of fundamentalist Christians must go against everything they stand for to convince Rosemary’s pregnant great-granddaughter to abort Lucifer’s great-grandchild in the womb. Shocking and sensational. Lars von Trier directs this modern masterpiece, with a guest appearance from Mia Farrow as Rosemary.

  4. hans435, numbers with other little numbers above their right-hand top corner mean something only to people who passed math in high school and didn’t forget everything within ten minutes of graduating. Ham isn’t talking to people like that.

    It’s very likely that if they recall anything of a competent high or even grade school education, they might have contracted the habit of asking questions, or worse, of looking stuff up, or even worse, of working it out for themselves. Saying really dumb things with made-up numbers in them automatically filters out questioners and skeptics, and ensures that Ken is talking to people who’ll Hear the Word, and send money.

    Sure, you can say that people like that won’t have much money, but it all adds up. And what it adds up to is a very comfortable lifestyle for Ken Ham and family.

  5. Go try telling a room full of lions and bears that you have dominion over them. More proof the Bible is a liar.

  6. @Hans435, if you assume a growth rate of 15% in a 30-year generation, 10^100 is indeed what you get after 50,000 years. Ham has without realising, rediscovered the Malthusian argument that drove both Darin and Wallace!

  7. If we go by the Bible, the Book of Numbers tells us that there were more than 600,000 adult male Israelites at the Exodus, about 1500 – 1200 BC. They were the descendants of Abraham, about 2000 BC. What does this tell us about population growth?

  8. Charles Deetz ;)

    Is Hambo a doofus or just playing to the dumbest of his rubes? 90% of this even a ten year old would call him out on.

  9. @TomS, AiG suggests up to 20 billion perished n the Flood. To get from twelve (Jacob’s sons) to 600,000 in 500 – 800 years (16 – 27 generations) gives between 95% and 50% increase per generation.

    World population has gone up 4-fold in a century, to 8 Billion. By my arithmetic, growth at that rate, starting with three breeding pairs, would have taken 15 centuries. This places Noah’s Flood around 700 AD

  10. @Paul Braterman
    Thank you.

    One expects that the Young Earth Creationist who brings up this question should present a scenario which fills in the numbers.

  11. @Charles Deetz, he’s just saying things that he thinks support his beliefs. That’s all. No accounting for or consideration of whether or not they’re true or not. It’s been that way since at least Duane Gish, where the goal is to be persuasive, not truthful.

  12. dweller42, exactly so. Ham lies, and by extraordinary mental gymnastics, avoids the knowledge that he lies. He would indignantly deny the accusation, and when presented with evidence for it, would simply ignore it, or at the most, deny it – that is, deny its very existence. The Pharisees, we are informed, did much the same when confronted with Jesus.

    But the appalling thing, Charles Deetz, is that he is not playing to the dumbest of his rubes. He is playing to the average of an identifiable population. All scammers feed on such a population.

    I just put the phone down on another scam call. It beats me how anyone could believe that Mastercard would use a recorded voice to announce to a customer that their card had been debited with a $900 transaction, but a proportion of people do fall for that. Enough, I am told, to keep the scammer in the style to which he would like to become accustomed.

    For here’s the thing: the marks select themselves. Ham’s doing the same trick. The phone scammer feeds on bunnies who are dumb enough to give their credit card details to some voice they hear on the phone. Ham also feeds on people who don’t examine what they hear, and who know no better. There is such a population. The scam finds it automatically. All the scammer has to do is to set it up, act confident, and in comes the dosh.

    Ham does incur the minor hazard that the actor can become the role, so to speak. The classic downfall is that the scammer comes to believe the scam. Ham probably believes that he is indeed acting as God’s agent. One would expect overreach – an attempt to defeat reality itself, for God can do anything. But that hasn’t happened yet, with Ham.

    I put that down to Ham’s deeply divided consciousness. He really can believe in two or more opposed propositions, each as required by circumstances, and shuttle between them as convenient, never recognising what he is doing.

    It’s a formidable talent. And I mean that in the sense of the source of that meaning of the word. Jesus told a story about talents.

  13. “Ham also feeds on people who don’t examine what they hear, and who know no better.” It’s more complicated than that. He feeds on people who have been brought up to regard it as virtuous to accept his narrative. Hence the prominent meme in Creation Museum publicity materials, “Prepare to believe”.

  14. Paul Braterman, I believe that category is covered y “people … who know no better.” They may have been brought up in that false view of virtue, and that upbringing may be why they “know no better”, but still they don’t.

    As has been many times remarked, it’s not necessarily that creationists are stupid. As you say, they have (mostly) been brought up and indoctrinated to believe a series of falsehoods and have been deliberately and systematically deprived of critical thinking skills. They really do know no better, and the last of those deprivations means they can’t learn.