Category Archives: Evolution

Ken Ham Is Opposed to Quote Mining

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. Hambo’s new post is titled What Are the Dangers of Quote Mining?

You’re probably familiar with quote mining, because it’s a common creationist tactic. Wikipedia mentions it in their article on Quoting out of context. They say: “Quoting out of context (sometimes referred to as contextomy or quote mining) is an informal fallacy in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.”

We’ve posted many times about flagrant quote mining by creationists, and you don’t need any examples. Well, here’s one, and the creationist doing the quote-mining is ol’ Hambo himself: Hambo Explains Racism. Let’s see what Hambo says about the tactic today. Here are some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The Bible teaches atheism. That’s right; Psalm 14:1 says, “”There is no God.“” Convinced? Probably not, because you know there must be a context. The rest of the verse reads, “”The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.“’” In fact, you might be a little upset if someone twisted the Bible like this. But do Christians ever do this?

We see creationists doing it all the time — not about the bible in such an obvious way, but certainly about science texts. Let’s see what Hambo says:

Unfortunately, yes, we do. [Gasp!] Consider this quote from a letter by Charles Darwin. “The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe, with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for the existence of God.” Christians have actually quoted this to show that Darwin believed it seemed impossible for chance to produce the universe.

Then he explains why it’s quote mining:

But as you should have guessed, given that Darwin is the father of evolution, this isn’t a reasonable conclusion. The rest of the paragraph was left out, and the end of the sentence says, “but whether this is an argument of real value, I have never been able to decide.” Darwin doubted this argument for God’s existence, not his own belief in evolution.

Hambo’s disapproval of quote mining is a surprising development. He continues:

To put it bluntly, quote mining is a version of lying. It occurs far too often in theology, politics, and even the debate about evolution. Sometimes it may be unintentional, as when we quote someone who quotes someone else. But we should not be too ready to believe a damaging quote is accurate just because it comes from an opponent.

Amazing, isn’t it? Now we’re skipping to the end:

The lesson is clear. Misquoting Charles Darwin won’t convince a skeptic, but it may damage your Christian witness. So if a quote seems too good to be true, investigate. Evolution’s shortcomings are crippling, and careful, accurate arguments will expose them. [Hee hee!] We don’t need to resort to cheap shots or quote mining. “Do unto others what you would have others do unto you” is still our motto, as Christ’s followers!

From time to time, Hambo advises against other common creationist tactics. He has this at his website, but you have to search for it: Arguments to Avoid.

Well, dear reader, what do you make of all this? Is Hambo a changed man? We shall see.

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The Atmosphere Is Proof of Creationism

This one was found at the website of the Institute for Creation Research. It’s titled Earth’s Atmosphere Is Vital to Life, and it was written by Johnathan Corrado. They say he has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University and an M.Div. [Master of Divinity!] from Nations University [a “distance” university]. Very impressive! Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

There are countless interconnected, precise, and non-coincidental features of Earth that directly contribute to our planet’s ability to sustain life. [Impressive sentence!] One such phenomenon is that of Earth’s ultraviolet shield called the atmosphere. The atmosphere’s complex arrangement and seamlessly balanced, life-sustaining attributes distinctly indicate non-coincidental purpose and skillful crafting by a Designer who “is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17).

Wowie — the atmosphere was crafted by a Designer! Then he says:

An atmosphere is the layer or layers of gases that envelope a planet and are held in place by the gravity of the planet. [Pay attention — you might learn something!] All the planets (and even a few moons) in our solar system have an atmosphere, but Earth’s atmosphere plays a vital role in our planet’s ability to sustain life. It protects Earth from the harsh rays of the sun and dampens temperature extremes, acting like a protective jacket wrapped around the planet.

Ooooooooooooh! The atmosphere is wonderful! After we skip a couple of paragraphs, the Master of Divinity tells us:

Interestingly, no other planet in our solar system has an atmosphere like Earth’s. [Wow!] Mars and Venus have atmospheres, but they cannot support life because they lack sufficient oxygen. In fact, Venus’ atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide and contains clouds made up of sulfuric acid. It’s so hot and dense that no human could even take a breath. [Gasp!] It traps heat in a runaway greenhouse effect, making it the hottest planet in our solar system. Surface temperatures are hot enough to melt lead!

We’re so lucky we don’t live on Venus — and let’s not even think about Uranus! Skipping a scripture quote, the Master of Divinity concludes with this:

Confirmation of the intricate design of Earth is constantly bombarding our intellect. It’s easy to infer that our physical existence resulted from design in contrast to inadvertent, evolutionary causes. [It’s so obvious!] From the astronomical bodies to subatomic particles, the features of our existence are thoroughly balanced and function as a system of systems. As science continues to advance and unfold the mysteries of Earth, scientists continue to discover how uniquely tailored our planet is for life.

If that didn’t convince you, dear reader then you are beyond help. Your destiny is the Lake of Fire!

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Another Holy Moley Post from the Discoveroids

Like all our posts lately, this one was inspired by something we found at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. It’s titled Klavan and Meyer on God and Science, 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 new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Stephen Meyer sits down with talk show host and bestselling novelist Andrew Klavan [Never heard of him!] to discuss Meyer’s Return of the God Hypothesis.

Groan! Yer another Discoveroid post about Meyer’s book! Then they say:

In this fast-paced conversation the pair touch on the Judeo-Christian roots of science [Clunker One] how fine-tuning in physics and cosmology point to intelligent design [Clunker Two], and how a great many scientists held out hope that the universe was eternal and therefore did not require a creator, but eventually threw in the towel as evidence mounted for a cosmic beginning. [Clunker Three]

Regarding their first clunker, it was the Greeks who originated what we know as science — see Did Science Originate with Creationists? Their next clunker, about “fine tuning,” is a “Zeus or the Multiverse” question, which is too crazy to consider. Clunker three assumes — without evidence — that literally nothing existed before the universe started expanding. We’ve only heard creationists make that claim, so we’ll ignore it. Okay, moving along, they tell us:

What about the multiverse hypothesis as an escape for atheists wishing to explain away the evidence for a cosmic designer?

Evidence for a cosmic designer? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s move on and see if they say anything else. Okay, how about this:

Meyer and Klavan discuss a noted atheist philosopher who frankly admits that he doesn’t want theism to be true and yet also admits that modern Darwinism has crashed and burned [What?], and the evidence for design in various scientific fields is too powerful to be ignored. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

The final paragraph of their post is a plea for donations. If you’re interested, click over there and send ’em some dough. We’re outta here!

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Need Gifts? Visit the Discoveroids’ Gift Shop

Yes, dear reader, it’s that time of year. You’re probably hoping to make a big impression on some special people, and you need to find some special gifts. Be of good cheer, because we have the solution to your problem.

At the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog they just posted Holiday Shopping Is Almost Here!. It was written by Amanda Witt, 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]:

With the holiday season fast approaching, browse for gifts at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture online gift shop.

Wowie! Did you know the Discoveroids had a gift shop? We didn’t. Anyway, Amanda tells us:

We have T-shirts, mugs, notebooks, hats, wall art, calendars, puzzles (like the Amazing Colorful Moon Satellite Photo Composite Jigsaw Puzzle, above), and more.

The Discoveroid post has a picture of that “Satellite Photo Composite Jigsaw Puzzle,” and it looks like a Hunter Biden painting. You may know someone who would really like it. Amanda continues:

Some products feature beautiful photographs of the natural world, from cells to galaxies; others feature the CSC logo. We hope you’ll enjoy using these products and giving them as gifts.

She doesn’t define “CSC,” but it’s the Discoveroids’ “Center for Science & Culture” — whatever that is. Okay, back to Amanda. In her final paragraph she explains how they make money from the gift shop, and then finishes with this:

As ever, our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who supports the work of the CSC.

Okay, dear reader. Now you have a place where you can do all your holiday shopping, and you can support creation science at the same time, What are you waiting for? Oh, and don’t forget to tell ’em that the Curmudgeon sent ya!