Category Archives: Intelligent Design

ICR: Dinosaurs in the Bible

We want all you hell-bound evolutionists to pay close attention to this one from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.

Their article is headlined Do Dinosaurs Disprove the Bible? It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. You can learn more about him here: The Mind of Brian Thomas. We’ll give you some excerpts from his article, with bold font added by us:

My family and I saw an interesting car emblem while on a road trip. It showed a T. rex-like dinosaur taking a bite out of a Christian fish. This led to a healthy in-car discussion. Does the existence of dinosaurs really take a bite out of Christianity? For those willing to see the right details, dinosaurs actually bolster the Bible.

Brian has an image of the offensive emblem above his post, but we’re not certain we’re allowed to reproduce it here. You can see the thing — and buy it if you wish — at Amazon: Dinosaur Eating Jesus Fish. It costs only $2.79. Okay, back to Brian. He says:

I tried to crystallize the emblem’s core evolutionary message: Since dinosaurs died millions of years before man existed, and since the Bible doesn’t include millions of years, then dinosaurs disprove the Bible. This conclusion appears logical, but at least three details challenge the first premise and wreck the argument.

This is exciting! Brian has three reasons to reject the Satanic message of the bumper sticker. Here we go:

First, what if Bible verses describe a dinosaur? In that case, dinosaurs must have lived much more recently than millions of years ago. The more we study the behemoth of Job 40, the more convinced we become that the passage describes a then-living dinosaur.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve discussed the behemoth before — see ICR: Maximum Dinosaur Derangement Achieved!, and after that Rev. David Rives: Dinosaurs in the Bible, in which we quote all the applicable scripture passages, including one that creationists never mention. It’s verse 23 of Job 40 (King James version, of course) which says:

Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

Also, Wikipedia has an article on the Behemoth.

Brian gushes for a few paragraphs about the behemoth, after which he moves on to his next reason for rejecting the evil message of that bumper sticker:

Second, not only does Job describe a dinosaur, but so do other ancient historical accounts of monstrous serpents. Ancient paintings, mosaics, tapestries, carvings, and moldings from all around the world depict dinosaur look-alikes. These independent eyewitnesses testify that dinosaurs lived not too long ago. From this history-based perspective, dinosaur fossils formed from Noah’s Flood only thousands of years ago.

Right. There’s St. George and the dragon, Perseus and the Medusa, and — hey, Wikipedia has a whole List of Greek mythological creatures. Okay, that’s enough of what Brian calls “ancient historical accounts.” Now for his last reason to reject the evolutionist bumper sticker:

Third, scientific problems plague the premise that dinosaurs died millions of years ago. For example, dozens of dinosaur and other fossils still retain remnants of their original proteins. Rare cases even include whole tissues, intact and flexible.

[*Groan*] That again. See Dinosaur Fossils Found with Hot Red Meat?

Those were Brian’s three arguments. This is his concluding paragraph:

Dinosaur protein remnants, an extensive history of documented dinosaur encounters, and a dinosaur description in the Bible all refute the premise that dinosaurs died millions of years ago. These three details unveil a new argument: Since history describes dinosaurs, and since the Bible describes dinosaurs, then history confirms the Bible. Now, who’s going to invent a new auto emblem to reflect this idea?

Brian wants an auto emblem to reflect his thinking? We’ve got one! It’s a good way to end this post:

Vomit

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Oklahoma’s 2017 Creationism Bill Is ‘Blocked’

Josh Brecheen

We have some good news from Oklahoma, but it may be only temporary. You probably already know the background, so you can skip the next paragraph.

The bill under consideration is Senate Bill 393, sponsored by Josh Brecheen, which he has also sponsored in prior years. We posted its text in Oklahoma Creationism Bill for 2015. The thing is loosely based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute. We’ve critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.

The last time we wrote about the situation in that state was Oklahoma Is Descending into Madness. At that time, the bill had already been passed by the state Senate, and it had just been approved by a House committee. It was on its way to being considered by the entire House. The thing seemed sure to pass, so a veto by the Governor was the only hope.

But life is uncertain. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this: Oklahoma’s antiscience bill blocked. Blocked? What happened? NCSE tells us:

Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 393 (PDF), which would empower science denial in the classroom, failed to receive a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on April 27, 2017, the last day on which it could do so, and is therefore blocked — for now.

NCSE then describes Josh Brecheen’s creationist efforts in prior years — he’s a hard-core incorrigible fanatic. In their final paragraph they explain what it means that his bill is “blocked.” They say:

Since the bill was not voted down, it is technically still alive, and the Oklahoma legislature may consider it again in the second half of the current legislative session, which begins on February 5, 2018.

A blocked bill is a new experience for us since we’ve been following creationist legislation. It’s a bit of a cliff-hanger. It’s possible that between now and the legislature’s next session, sanity may somehow prevail. But in Oklahoma, Josh Brecheen is a respected legislator, so we’re not optimistic.

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Jason Lisle’s Extra-Solar Planet Predictions

We found an entertaining article by Jason Lisle, the creationist astrophysicist who used to be employed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry. For reasons which have never been explained, Jason left AIG a few years ago to go to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom, where he is now “Director of Physical Sciences.”

Jason’s new article is Exploring Exo-planets. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

In the last two decades, astronomers have discovered over 3,000 planets orbiting other stars. These are called extra-solar planets, or exo-planets, and they’ve caused a lot of excitement and speculation. What do we really know about these distant planets, and what is their significance for biblical creation?

There’s no better source of information than Jason. He says:

Astronomers long suspected that stars might have orbiting planets just as the sun does.

Yes, that’s true of astronomers. But Jason neglects to mention that until recently, creationists were certain that our solar system was the only planetary system in existence, and the Earth, having been uniquely created for us, was the only life-sustaining world in the universe. The discovery of extra-solar planets is an outright contradiction of the belief of ICR’s founder, Henry M. Morris (1918 – 2006), considered by many to be the father of modern creation science. Look at this oldie-goldie from the 1970s at the ICR website: The Stars of Heaven. It was written by old Henry himself, who, said:

[T]he earth is unique in the solar system and, for all we know, the solar system is unique in the universe. So far as we can observe, there are not even any planets anywhere else, let alone a planet equipped to sustain biological life.

Those were the days! But they’re gone now, and it’s not polite to mention them. Okay, back to Jason:

However, it’s nearly impossible to observe something as small and faint as an exo-planet next to the bright glare of its host star. So, astronomers have relied primarily on indirect methods of discovery.

We’ll skip a few paragraphs in which Jason describes observation methods. Then he says:

Currently, we know virtually nothing about what extra-solar planets look like. We have very little information on their composition and can only roughly estimate their temperature. Astronomers will require advances in technology if we are to learn more about these distant worlds. What do we expect to find? Will we find life?

Brace yourself, dear reader. Jason will now predict what we’re going to find:

As biblical creationists, we predict extra-solar planets will manifest evidence of recent creation and defy secular age estimates. For example, we expect that many exo-planets will have evidence of strong magnetic fields. Since magnetic fields naturally decay on a timescale of thousands of years, such evidence would confirm biblical creation. We expect that some exo-planets will have internal heat like Jupiter and Neptune do. Such heat cannot be maintained over billions of years.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And we all know that Jupiter and Neptune are only a few thousand years old. After that he tells us:

Furthermore, we expect diversity that challenges secular formation scenarios, such as gas giants that orbit very close to their stars. Astronomers have already detected such “hot Jupiters.” We expect to find more of these and also other types of planets that do not readily fit the secular mold.

The secular mold? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! If we find things we don’t expect, it’ll because they exist in the divine mold. Jason continues with his predictions:

We may find planets that orbit in a different plane from their host star’s rotational plane, contrary to the predictions of the nebular hypothesis. We might find that some exo-planets even orbit their star backward, just as the Lord created some moons in our solar system that revolve retrograde.

Jason saved his best predictions for last:

We predict that exo-planets will not have life because the earth seems to be unique in this respect (Isaiah 45:18). And we expect beauty and diversity because the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).

So there you have it. Now you know what to expect. It must be true, because you heard it from a creation scientist.

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City Wants To Tax Ken Ham’s Ticket Sales

We were informed about this by one of our clandestine operatives, code-named Blue Grass. It’s in the Lexington Herald-Leader of Lexington, Kentucky, the second-largest city in the state, and they have a comments section. Their headline is Ark Encounter owners ‘blindsided’ by new tax that could raise ticket prices. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The proprietors of a gigantic wooden Noah’s Ark in Williamstown are steamed about a new “safety assessment” tax that will collect 50 cents for every admission ticket sold, according to the Grant County News.

They’re talking about Ark Encounter, the bizarre, land-locked “replica” of Noah’s Ark, the biblical tourist attraction run by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. The Lexington Herald-Leader continues:

Ark Encounter spokesman Mike Zovath told the newspaper that Ark officials will now have to consider raising ticket prices, which are $40 for adults and $28 for children.

Gasp — this is an outrage! How can the city tax Hambo’s ticket sales? He’s the world’s holiest man, who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, and he’s accustomed to receiving benefits from governments, not paying for them. As we reported in Kentucky Newspaper Turns Against Hambo’s Ark:

The city of Williamstown agreed to a 75 percent break on property taxes for 30 years and a $62 million bond issue. The Grant County Industrial Development Authority gave the park $200,000 plus 100 acres of land at a reduced price. The state has promised $11 million in road improvements for the park’s benefit.

After all that generosity, now the city is trying to extract money from Hambo. We’re shocked — shocked! Let’s read some more about this tax situation:

“I can understand … how they decided to justify the tax, but the lack of transparency between the city council and mayor and the Ark Encounter is what’s really disturbing,” Zovath told the Grant County News. “We’ve been trying to work with the city and work with the mayor to do everything we can to help improve Williamstown, and to get blindsided like this was really a surprise.”

They were blindsided! How could the city do this to Hambo? Hey — savor the way the newspaper’s next paragraph is worded. We’ll put the fun phrases in bold font:

The $100 million theme park opened last July with what creators say is a life-size depiction of the boat that Noah and his family would have traveled on during a biblical flood, including dinosaurs they claim existed at the same time. Ark officials have predicted attendance of 600,000 visitors in the first year.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then the newspaper says:

Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner said the fee will help upgrade the city’s emergency equipment, which might need to be used at Ark Encounter, or the other businesses affected by the tax, the Williamstown Family Fun Park.

Why would Hambo’s operation ever need emergency equipment? With all the holiness surrounding the place, there should never be any problems there. The city should pay Hambo fifty cents for every person who buys a ticket to visit the ark.

The newspaper’s last paragraph is also a zinger:

Grant County is facing a severe budget crisis, partly caused by issues at the county jail, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Although the state, county and city governments put together a generous package of incentives for Ark Encounter, it’s not clear how much revenue the attraction is bringing to Williamstown.

Jail problems? Nonsense! With all the goodness overflowing from Hambo’s divinely inspired tourist attraction, they shouldn’t even need a jail. This is a ridiculous situation! What Hambo ought to do is pack up and float his ark to a more congenial location.

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