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Creationism Requires Great Courage

The Discovery Institute is returning to something they blogged about many times before. At their creationist website they just posted Stephen Meyer on Phillip Johnson’s Courage, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a classic episode of ID The Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Stephen Meyer, director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, honors Phillip Johnson, the UC Berkeley law professor who helped ignite the modern intelligent design movement with the publication of his important book Darwin on Trial.

The Discoveroids linked to something strange, but here’s Johnson’s book at Amazon: Darwin on Trial.

You may recall that Johnson died a bit more than years ago, referring to him as the “Godfather of Intelligent Design.” We posted Discoveroid Phillip E. Johnson Has Died.

The Discoveroids then posted about the guy almost daily. Two weeks later, when it was all winding down, we wrote Our Last Phillip Johnson Post? The Discoveroids were promoting “a brief public symposium in honor of the late Phillip E. Johnson.” The speakers were “intelligent design scientists” who were “directly impacted by Phil’s life and have since become the ID torch-bearers for our generation.”

In our Curmudgeonly way, we wrote: “Torch bearers for intelligent design — that’s like being a drum-beater for the Time Cube.” But that’s history. Here’s what the Discoveroids say in their new post:

Meyer says Johnson had the courage to speak up when others wouldn’t.

Ooooooooooooh! He had the courage. Then the Discoveroids tell us:

“The overweening dynamic of this debate is fear,” Meyer says. [Gasp!] “There are many many many people who have come up to the water’s edge, who have seen the problems with Darwinian evolution, have counted the cost, and recoiled.”

Are you one of those frightened people, dear reader? This may be your opportunity to acquire some courage. The Discoveroids end their inspirational post with this:

But one law professor did not recoil. [How wonderful!] As Meyer put it, “Johnson had the guts.” Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

Verily, Johnson was an amazing man. You agree, don’t you, dear reader?

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Creationism & the James Webb Space Telescope

Most of you are well aware of the James Webb Space Telescope which was launched recently. Besides that Wikipedia link, here’s the latest news story at NASA’s website: NASA’s Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds.

But if you’re a typical hell-bound secularist, you probably haven’t been keeping up with the latest creationist news stories on this subject. That’s why your Curmudgeon is pleased to bring you a brilliant post from 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.

AIG’s new post is titled A Biblical Response to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Launch. It was written by Rob Webb, about whom we know nothing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

After more than 30 years in the making and numerous delays (from faulty cables, bad weather, etc.), finally, on Christmas Day of 2021 at 7:20 a.m. EST, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) successfully launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. This $10B observatory is the largest (tennis-court sized) and most powerful telescope ever built. This launch officially marks the start of a one-month journey to its final parking orbit, which will be at the L2 Earth-Sun Lagrange point (about 940,000 miles away from the earth).

No problem so far. We’ll skip a few paragraphs of reasonable description, after which he says:

However, as seen from the many news reports published by the media (especially from NASA), the overall objectives for JWST are saturated in evolutionary (and really naturalistic) thinking. [That’s terrible!] For example, NASA states on one of their websites, “The primary goals of Webb are to study galaxy, star and planet formation in the universe. To see the very first stars and galaxies that formed in the early universe, we have to look deep into space to look back in time (because it takes light time to travel from there to here, the farther out we look, the further we look back in time).”

After quoting that secular blasphemy, Webb gives us even more:

The prime contractor that developed the JWST spacecraft (Northrop Grumman) stated, “By extending our knowledge of the cosmos, the James Webb Space Telescope will play an important role in our quest to answer compelling questions such as: ‘How did the universe begin?’ or ‘When were the first stars and galaxies created?’ or ‘How do planets form?’ and ‘How do we fit in the cosmos?’”

You can easily imagine Webb’s holy moley reaction to that stuff. He begins gently:

Note, these objectives fall into the category of science that’s called historical science (making assumptions about the past based on evidence in the present), which, by the way, can be useful in certain applications (like in forensic science when analyzing crime-scene evidence) but only when used through a biblical “lens” and logical worldview.

Did you get that? You have to study the past through a biblical lens! Then he elaborates:

However, in this instance, these statements for the JWST are clearly secular (and unbiblical), which inevitably means they’re also fallacious (this is the result of every unbiblical worldview). Notice the claim of “looking” back in time (when looking at objects deep in space) in order to see how everything in the universe began through cosmological evolution (i.e., the big bang). But note that when making this claim, they’ve already merely assumed cosmological evolution (by assuming star/planet formation occurred in the early stages of galaxies) in order to prove cosmological evolution (via “looking” back in time). This is a logical fallacy called begging the question.

On the other hand, creationists never start with any false assumptions, so they never commit any logical fallacies. Webb explains how that works:

So how should we (especially as Christians) respond to these claims? Aside from the arbitrary (circular-reasoning) nature of these statements [Hee hee!], these goals are obviously antithetical to the biblical worldview. [Gasp!] Rather than relying on (fallacious) assumptions about the past, it’s always better to start with an eyewitness account (i.e., someone who was actually there). And for this, we need to go to the very first chapter of the Bible.

In Genesis, we plainly read that God created everything in the heavens and the earth within six literal days approximately 6,000 years ago (per the biblical timeline), all for his glory. And he created the sun, moon, and all the stars in every galaxy and corner of the universe, on day four of creation week (three days after the earth was created) and called it good.

Isn’t this great? Unfortunately, we’re only about half-way through AIG’s post, so we’ll have to skip a lot to get to the end. This is from the conclusion, which is four-paragraphs long:

There’s no doubt that this accomplishment of successfully building and launching the JWST is an amazing feat of hard work and ingenuity that will continue to be a great challenge over the next several years of operation. As a former aerospace engineer [Huh?], I take my hat off to all those involved with this exciting project. And even though the media at NASA continue to push its evolutionary agenda with JWST [The fools!], this mission ultimately glorifies God and points to his creative works.

Okay, dear reader, that’s enough. We know you’re going to click over there to read the whole thing, and then you’ll have a better understanding of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Is This the All-Time Worst Creationist Article?

Look what we found 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. It’s titled Is Everything “Evolving All Around Us All the Time”?, 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]:

Is evolution a game of “slow and steady,” or is it more of a rapid process, happening “all around us all the time”? Well, that entirely depends on how you define evolution! According to a new paper, evolutionary changes can be very rapid, “seen within a lifetime.” But are the researchers actually observing evolution?

Brilliant question! What’s the answer? Hambo says:

Here’s the example of so-called “rapid evolutionary interplay” given at the beginning of the popular summary in the paper:

[Hambo quotes from the paper:] In response to targeting by trophy hunters, wild populations of bighorn sheep are now growing 10 per cent smaller horns than they did less than 20 years ago as a way to adapt and minimize the risk to their species.

After analyzing the situation with his amazingly keen mind, Hambo tells us:

Hmm, horns are still horns — just different sizes. [Jeepers, he’s right!] But such adaptation has nothing to do with the change of one kind of creature into another — it’s merely variation within a created kind (in this case the Caprinae, or sheep/goat kind).

Yeah — they didn’t change into birds or something. Hambo continues:

Bighorn sheep with smaller horns are perhaps a shift in the population, but the information for smaller horns was already present in the population. Nothing new has been added — no evolution has occurred. There’s been absolutely nothing like a change of kind happening in these populations. Really, this is a “bait and switch” — the researchers are giving an observable example of adaptation and calling it “evolution” when it’s not.

Some of you may have noticed that ol’ Hambo is wildly dancing the micro-macro mambo, described in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Let’s read on:

So-called “rapid evolution” can happen within our lifetimes because it’s, well, not evolution. [What is it?]

Hambo explains:

It’s merely natural selection and adaptation taking place [Ooooooooooooh!], working off information that already exists in the genome (put there by the Creator God —after all, information can’t come from non-information).

You’re keeping up this, aren’t you? That’s great. And now we come to the end:

Evolution requires the addition of brand-new genetic information — something that’s never been observed! There’s no such process as molecules-to-man evolution — rapid or slow!

We may have seen worse than this, but we can’t remember when. It’s possible that Hambo has just written the all-time worst creationist article. What do you think, dear reader?

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Discoveroids Announce Publicity Breakthrough

Once again, our entertainment comes from the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. This one is titled Five New Videos with Stephen Meyer on PragerU — Our Impact Is About to Explode, and it was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The mission of the Center for Science & Culture [They have a mission?] is to explore the truth about the meaning and purpose behind the universe, as the best science reveals it. [The truth? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] But this is not a private exploration, for the interest of our scientists, scholars, and supporters alone. Directed by philosopher of science Stephen Meyer, the CSC would not be living up to its mission if we did not seek to share what we have found about life and the cosmos with as broad and diverse an audience as possible.

Isn’t that wonderful? The mission of the Discoveroids is to learn The Truth and they want to share it with you, dear reader. Klinghoffer says:

That’s why our books and other publications, our websites and videos, are also so broad and diverse. Stephen Meyer’s major books — Signature in the Cell, Darwin’s Doubt, and now Return of the God Hypothesis [Links omitted!] — are written to speak both to scientists and to thoughtful lay people [i.e., creationists]. We’ve always recognized, though, the need to adapt the results of our research to audiences at the most popular levels.

After that he gives us the big news:

That’s why the CSC is so gratified to announce the expansion of our partnership with PragerU, Dennis Prager’s extraordinarily influential and accessible 10-year-old media venture. With its signature 5-Minute Videos, PragerU educates millions of people around the world.

We know nothing about PragerU, but Wikipedia has an article on them: PragerU. That tells us they’re not a school, they have no classes, and they’re “not accredited by any recognized body.” Wikipedia also say: “According to a 2019 report in the Los Angeles Times, PragerU videos have been watched more than 2 billion times [Gasp!] and were becoming a staple on college campuses. In its 2020 annual report, PragerU stated that its videos have received over 4 billion lifetime views.”

The Discoveroids are hooking up with a publicity dynamo. Klinghoffer continues:

Dr. Meyer’s previous video for PragerU, “Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven [Link omitted!],” has been watched so far by more than a million viewers on YouTube alone, and a total of more than 2.4 million across the Internet. Now we are expanding out with the release today of FIVE BRAND NEW VIDEOS [Links omitted!] with Meyer … . We’ll be posting them individually here at Evolution News: [Titles omitted!].

Exciting stuff, huh? Let’s read on:

This is a major advance for intelligent design, and for the God Hypothesis. Although PragerU has been censored on YouTube [Hee hee!] and across Big Tech (we know all about that ourselves), they nevertheless have a YouTube subscriber list of 2.93 million. We’re on the brink of a great multiplication of our impact.

After all that thrilling news, Klinghoffer ends with this:

Congratulations to Dr. Meyer, to PragerU, and above all thank you to our generous supporters for making all that we do possible. [Request for money omitted!]

What do you make of this, dear reader? It’s certainly not a scientific accomplishment, so what would you call it?

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