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Discoveroids Praise Self-Published Genius #125

Today we have a peculiar addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses. This is where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

What makes this one peculiar is that we didn’t find it due to the author’s press release. Instead, we learned about it at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. Their post is titled Rabbi Moshe Averick Deflates the Multiverse, and the New Atheists, 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!], Jerusalem-based guest host Ira Berkowitz talked with Rabbi Moshe Averick about his book Nonsense of a High Order: The Confused World of Modern Atheism, a critique of the new atheists’ views on nature.

The Discoveroids conveniently provided us with a link to the book at Amazon. It’s 288 pages, and costs only $17.95 in paperback. Yes, Amazon has a “look Inside” feature, and as is typical of books recommended by the Discoveroids, it’s already got a bunch of reviews, most of which gave the thing five stars.

But what really interests us is the publisher. Amazon says it’s CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. That’s a name we’ve encountered before. Their website reveals that they’re owned by Amazon. Wikipedia has an article on them: CreateSpace, which flatly declares:

On-Demand Publishing, LLC, doing business as CreateSpace, is a self-publishing service owned by Amazon.

So we have a self-published book, but no press release — at least not one that we can find. Anyway, we’ll consider the book to be part of our collection. The Discoveroids then tell us:

Rabbi Averick shares his spirited takedown of the multiverse theory for the origin of life [No one cares about the multiverse theory!], dismantles the “God of the Gaps” objection to intelligent design [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!], and wonders why people who criticize books like his think they can do so intelligently without taking the time to read them.

Yeah, why do people who criticize books promoted by the Discoveroids think they can do so without reading the books? It’s an abominable mystery! Then they say this:

Download the podcast or listen to it there. [Link omitted!]

The Discoveroid post ends on a sad note:about the podcast host:

Editor’s note: With great regret, we recently learned of the passing of Mr. Berkowitz. Evolution News wishes his family comfort in their time of mourning. [So do we.]

And there you are, dear reader. Buy the book, denounce the multiverse, and stop claiming that the Discoveroids invoke the God of the gaps fallacy. Oh, and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.

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You’re Either For Hambo or Against Hambo

This one really lays it all out. Your choices are limited, and it’s all explained by Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

This vital information is in the latest post at Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry. The thing is titled 11% of US Households Now Homeschooling, and it was written by Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

One good thing to come out of the shutdowns is that many parents have been awakened to what “secular” really means — anti-God! [Gasp!] And, as a result of that awakening, as well as various mandates and schools reopening and shutting down throughout the year, plus other factors, Census data found that 11.1% of US households with school-aged children are now homeschooling. That’s double the number from before the pandemic!

That was a powerful beginning! Then he says:

That increase means there are about 2.6 million new homeschool students across the nation. A report also found that 8.7 million children have been pulled from a government-run school and placed in a private school, which includes many Christian schools.

Interesting statistics, but what does it all mean? Hambo tells us:

It’s great that parents are waking up to the fact that being secular is not neutral — and those parents whose children remain in public school need to be well aware of that! Public (secular) schools are not neutral. [Aha!] They are not for Christ, so they are against. [Wow!] One either walks in light or darkness. There is no neutral position.

This is one of the most amazing posts we’ve ever seen — anywhere! Hambo continues:

If you’re new to homeschooling, or considering homeschooling (or you have children that need biblical worldview training), I have a few resources to share with you:

Then there are twelve paragraphs describing Hambo’s resources. We’ll give you just one as an example:

God’s Design for Science [Link omitted!] is Bible-based and Creator-centered. This curriculum will sow a love for science in your students, grades 3–8. The evidence supports the Genesis account of creation!

You can’t go wrong with stuff like that! Let’s read on:

And if you are looking for a wonderful biblical worldview (a truly Christian) school to place your children, consider our Christian school, Twelve Stones Christian Academy [Link omitted!] in Northern Kentucky. At Twelve Stones, children are taught to think critically and biblically [Ooooooooooooh!], rooted in the Word of God with academic excellence, and unlike many public schools, parents are actually informed of curricula choices!

You gotta admit, dear reader — that’s education! Here’s our last excerpt, and you’ll find it to be amazing:

Some families have moved to our area so their children can attend Twelve Stones — and also be near the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum attractions.

We didn’t exaggerate, did we? So what are you waiting for? Pull your kids out of those ghastly secular schools and go the Hambo route to education. They’ll be grateful forever — literally!

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Ken Ham’s Opinion of Harvard’s New Chaplain

In our daily news scans we’ve seen dozens of headlines like this one from The Harvard Crimson: An Atheist Is a Perfect Choice to Lead Harvard’s Chaplains, but we didn’t consider that matter to be a topic for this humble blog. Things are different for Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

The latest post at Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, is titled Harvard’s New Chaplain Is . . . an Atheist? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

According to reports [Link omitted!], “Harvard University has appointed a new chaplain who brings a fresh perspective to the role – as an atheist.” This new chaplain, Greg Epstein, is now the president of the university chaplains, overseeing “more than 40 university chaplains from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other religious communities.” The report says Epstein is “perfect” for the role because he has “no clear religious affinity” — but is that really true?

Does Hambo agree that Harvard’s new chaplain is perfect for the role? Let’s find out. He says:

Well, no, it’s not. Really, such an idea of no religious affinity is frankly a load of nonsense. [Gasp!] This man is an atheist — that’s his religion (not some kind of “neutral” position, as Harvard is implying).

After that he tells us:

He has a belief system, a worldview. He believes all life is a result of naturalism. [That’s horrible!] He believes man determines his own morality and his own “purpose” and “meaning” in life. It’s exactly what the devil tempted Adam and Eve with: “[Y]ou will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). Yes, this man is acting as his own god in his religion of atheism.

Shocking. Absolutely shocking. Hambo continues:

So how should we think about atheist chaplains? [Tell us, Hambo!] What Jesus said describes the situation here: “[T]hey are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit” (Matthew 15:14).

Let’s read on:

Yes, this is a case of the blind leading the blind. Harvard, once a Christian school, is now a leader in raising up generations in the atheist religion. That’s a warning to all compromising schools (like Calvin, Wheaton, and many others): compromising God’s Word, beginning in Genesis, results in ruin.

The situation is truly horrible. If you want to know what the good schools are, pay attention to Hambo’s Creation College Expo. He ends his post with a scripture quote:

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good. (Psalm 14:1)

Hambo not only knows more about science than you you ever will, he also knows more about universities. So pay attention to what he says, dear reader. If you don’t, then there’s no hope for you.

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Hambo’s Response to the NCSE Evolution Poll

By now you’re familiar with the news we first mentioned in Evolution, American Politics, and Everything, which was about the news in this PhysOrg article: Evolution is now accepted by a majority of Americans. After more than 30 years of polling, more than a majority of Americans now agree with this statement: “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

The Discovery Institute was horrified. They posted that they don’t accept the results of the poll because they don’t like the way the poll question was worded — see The Problem with the NCSE Evolution Poll.

Today we can report on the reaction 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 was posted a few days ago at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry. His article is titled Evolution Acceptance: “Solidly Above the Halfway Mark” — and the phrase in quotes is from an article he discusses. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A new study has found that acceptance of evolution — specifically the affirmation of this statement: “human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals” — is now “solidly above the halfway mark” at 54% of Americans. Is this surprising?

What do you think, dear reader. Is Hambo surprised? His answer may surprise you. He says:

No, it’s certainly not surprising [Huh?], given the following:

• Most children (including 90% of those who attend church) are brainwashed by the secular education system in naturalistic evolution.

• The majority of Christian leaders compromise with the clear truth of God’s Word and accept evolutionary ideas in some way.

• God’s Word teaches, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14) and “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

It looks like the deck is stacked against ol’ Hambo. So what’s he gonna do — give up? No! He tells us:

But there is still a large number of people who reject evolution, and there’s no doubt the ministries of Answers in Genesis and our Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are having a phenomenally positive impact on millions of people as we expose evolution for what it is: the pagan religion of this age that attempts to explain life without God.

So in spite of that poll, Hambo isn’t giving up the fight — far from it. He continues:

And remember, just because the majority believes something doesn’t mean it’s correct. Rather, we look to the perfect, infallible Word of the Creator who has always been there, knows everything, and never makes a mistake to determine truth.

That would have been a good place to end, but then Hambo quotes one of his researchers, who said:

The increase in people accepting evolution comes mostly from the group that previously said, “I don’t know.” … Essentially fewer people are hedging their answer as the culture becomes more secular.

And Hambo wraps it up with this:

Find out more about the problems with molecules-to-man evolution — and why over half of Americans are wrong to affirm humans evolved from animals — at [link to the AIG website].

Hambo’s response seems a bit more, ah, civilized than the response of the Discoveroids. What do you think, dear reader?

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