Category Archives: Science

Hambo’s Incredible, Wonderful, Fantastic New Book

This is certain to be the most amazing news you’re ever going learn about. We found it 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 Ken Ham Releases Unique Commentary on Genesis 1–11, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself — well, not quite. It begins with an Editor’s note which informs us:

This article was adapted from a news release that was recently distributed to the media.

That’s good to know, because it explains the peculiar style of Hambo’s post. Okay, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Prolific author, popular speaker and Ark Encounter visionary [Wow!] Ken Ham has released his newest book Creation to Babel: A Commentary for Families.

That was a link to the book at Hambo’s website. Here it is at Amazon. Okay, let’s keep going. Hambo says:

Between offering penetrating commentary [Penetrating!] and devotional thoughts on the most scrutinized section of the Bible, Genesis chapters 1–11, Creation to Babel tackles today’s most-asked questions about the book of beginnings and addresses the pressing issues of our day, such as:

Can you find evolution in Genesis? [Yes. See Is Evolution in the Bible?]

Where did the different “races” come from?

Why are there diseases like COVID in God’s creation?

Are Genesis chapters 1 and Genesis 2 different or contradictory accounts of creation?

Who was Cain’s wife? and many more.

What an amazing list! At last, dear reader, you can get answers to the questions that have tormented you all your life! Isn’t this exciting? Okay, let’s keep going. Hambo tells us:

Ham, founder and CEO of the apologetics organization Answers in Genesis and its popular attractions the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, declared: “Our culture has strayed far from its Christian foundations. Families are finding it more difficult than ever to train their children in truth. Our new book presents what most readers would naturally expect from AiG as we defend the historicity of Genesis, but it also offers devotional and theological insights on how to think and live in a challenging world.”

Verily, this might the greatest book in the world — after the bible, of course. Hambo’s post continues:

Ham added: “There’s never been a Bible commentary quite like this one. It’s an apologetics book written at a level that parents can easily use in teaching their children and teens. In addition, Sunday schools and Christian schools will find the book useful in proclaiming the biblical worldview starting with Genesis.”

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. There’s more, but you’ve probably had enough by now, so we’ll skip to the end for this last excerpt:

Creation to Babel: A Commentary for Families equips families and Christian leaders to trust the Bible and discover why Genesis 1–11 is such a foundational, practical part of the Bible.

We know you can’t wait to buy the thing, so go right ahead — and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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A Discoveroid’s Proof of the Existence of God

The Discovery Institute just posted something that is absolutely astonishing. It’s at their creationist website, titled Theists vs. Atheists: Who Has the Burden of Proof?, and it was written by Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A common refrain from those atheists who are willing to debate theists is that theists, not atheists, have the burden of proof in the debate over God’s existence. [That sounds reasonable!] Internet atheist Matt Dillahunty made this claim in our recent debate. [Links omitted.] Regrettably, it looks doubtful that Dillahunty and I will debate again. He didn’t fare well — he had no real understanding of any of the ten classical proofs of God’s existence — and in the wake of his confused and rambling attempts at exculpation he refuses to debate me again.

Then Egnor says:

His reluctance is understandable — he was clearly shaken by the revelation that his rejection of the proofs of God’s existence isn’t based on any actual understanding on his part of the arguments. Like all other Internet atheists I’ve encountered, Dillahunty is ignorant of the overwhelming evidence for God’s existence [Gasp!] and is unwilling to admit his ignorance or correct it.

Are you ignorant of that “overwhelming evidence,” dear reader? Then this post is for you! Egnor tells us:

Dillahunty said: “Normally I point out in these debates that I’m not here to defend a no because the burden of proof is on those who say there is a yes. It’s not up to atheists to prove that a God doesn’t exist.”

Does that sound reasonable to you, dear reader? Then keep reading. Egnor informs us:

Atheists’ own arguments against God’s existence are actually few and weak — for example, Dillahunty’s favorite argument against God is the argument from Divine Hiddenness, which I discuss here [link omitted]. The argument boils down to this: if God exists, He would make atheists believe in Him. Atheists don’t believe in Him, so He doesn’t exist.

By this logic, atheists could make God exist by agreeing to believe in Him, and they could make Him go into and out of existence on alternate days if they believed and disbelieved in unison.

Powerful stuff, huh? Let’s read on:

In order to elide the obvious conclusion that they don’t have any good arguments [Hee hee!], atheists claim that, in a debate, the burden of proof is always on the “yes” side, not the “no” side. Their argument is that it is difficult to prove a negative. But that is irrelevant to the question of God’s existence because both theists and atheists make positive assertions. The fundamental question is, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Theists say God is the ground of existence and atheists say Nature is the ground of existence.

That‘s the fundamental question? Okay, if Egnor says so. Here’s another excerpt:

A negative claim by atheists — “We have no idea why there is something rather than nothing” — is a proclamation of ignorance, not an immunity idol. That is, it confers no “tribal immunity” from responsibility to provide evidence and reason in support of the view that the universe exists without God. “I’m ignorant” is no substitute for a reasoned argument supported by evidence.

Egnor’s argument is looking better and better! And now we come to the end:

Ordinarily, both sides in a debate have an obligation to present evidence and logic to support their views. Under what circumstances would a participant in a debate really have no burden of proof?

If you can’t refute Egnor’s arguments, and yet you continue to reject creationism, then you, dear reader, are a fool!

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Hambo Explains the History of the Universe

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. It’s titled Is Our Universe in Its “Final Era”?, 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]:

Some Christians claim the idea of the big bang is compatible with the creation account in Genesis — but it’s not! More in a moment on why the two are utterly incompatible. Now, when it comes to questions about origins, we should remember that we must always take God at his Word rather than take man’s ideas about the past and add them into the Bible. God’s infallible Word — not man’s fallible word — is the standard of truth because God has always been there, does not lie, and does not make a mistake. God and his Word must be our ultimate authority.

If you never read anything else in your life, that one paragraph has enough wisdom to make you one of the wisest people who ever lived — and there’s more coming. Hambo says:

So why aren’t the idea of the big bang and the creation account in Genesis compatible? Well, the big bang is based on the religion of naturalism [Gasp!], which assumes that the universe arose by natural processes. It’s a way of trying to explain everything without God. We should never take elements of a different religion and mix them in with Christianity and the Bible.

Hambo is so wise! After that he tells us:

Also, the big bang model has the stars forming first, followed by the sun, and then the earth billions of years later, forming as a molten body. And stars supposedly continue to form. [Absurd!] But the Bible’s account of creation has God creating space, time, and matter, along with the earth, on day one of creation week. And God finished his work of creation on the sixth day. So, earth was created first, and it wasn’t a hot blob — it was covered with water (Genesis 1:2). It wasn’t until the fourth day that the sun, moon, and stars were created. So the order of events is completely wrong (and there are many more examples of the incompatibility of the evolutionary and biblical orders of events.)

Scientists are such fools! Hambo continues:

Now, what many Christians don’t realize is that the big bang isn’t just a story about the origins of everything — it’s also a story with predictions for the future. In the most common model, the universe eventually reaches thermal equilibrium with zero energy available (a “heat death,” but it’s not hot as there’s no energy — so it becomes cold). But this is opposite of what the Bible states will happen in the future!

The opposite? Egad! He then quotes from 2 Peter 3:10 to prove his point, and after that he says:

Christians must reject the big bang and believe God’s Word as written.

Are you paying attention? If not, you will suffer forever for your foolishness! Let’s read on:

A recent article [The Universe is already in its sixth and final era], describes how those who hold to the big bang model believe everything came to be and how it will eventually end. And the author believes we’re already in the beginning of the end in the final era, called “the dark energy era.”

Hambo obviously disapproves of such blasphemy, and tells us:

Well, one thing we can agree on is that the universe is indeed in its “final era.” God’s Word makes it clear that the universe is in the last days — we just don’t know how last. But we’ve been in the last days since God’s Son stepped into history to be the God-man Jesus.

It’s a long goodbye. Another excerpt:

The rest of the article is fiction [Hee hee!]: man’s made-up story to try to explain the universe without God. The universe isn’t going to die by a “heat death.” The true history of the universe is given to us by God in his Word, beginning in Genesis. And the real so-called “big bang” didn’t happen at the beginning of time — it’s going to happen sometime in the future with increasing heat:

We’ll skip that scripture quote. Now we come to the end:

Sadly, to the secularists, ultimately everything dies and life is meaningless! But for the Christian, we look forward to a “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13). And this new heavens and new earth are freely given to all who will repent and trust in Christ for salvation. If you haven’t repented and trusted Chris — turn to the Savior today! We do not know when he will return, but he is coming back and will judge the living and the dead — and only those who are in him will be saved.

There it is, dear reader — all the cosmology you will ever need to know. Now, at last, the universe makes sense!

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Self-Published Genius #126: Proof of God

Today we have a new 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.

The title of this press release is Discover The Absolute Assurance That God is Real From a Refreshing Scientific Perspective. Like so many others in our collection, it was issued by Cision PRWeb, which says it’s “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” Here are some excerpts from the press release, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Author Greg Van Arsdale motivates readers to strengthen their faith while better understanding the truth of God’s existence in Beyond Mere Belief ($17.99, paperback, 9781662838347; $8.99, e-book, 9781662838354).

We don’t know what all those digits are, but here’s a link to the book at Amazon: Beyond Mere Belief. They have a “Look inside” feature, and no customer reviews. The thing costs $7.36 in paperback. Okay, back to the press release, which says:

Van Arsdale’s book is not your typical work of Christian nonfiction. It is an insightful and stimulating work which blends two seemingly polar opposite fields together into one. Through deep Biblical and scientific research, he shares his discovered evidence that proves the existence of God. [Gasp!]

This is an amazing book! After that stunning information, the press release tells us:

This book aims to strengthen one’s faith by bringing readers beyond mere belief to a deeper, more mindful understanding of Scripture. [Ooooooooooooh! Beyond mere belief!] Van Arsdale does not use natural phenomena to explain God’s works. Instead, he uses science to understand the supernatural and prove that ethereal energy is real but not atomic in structure.

That, dear reader, might be the most fantastic paragraph your Curmudgeon has ever seen. The press release continues:

By applying this revelation to theology, Van Arsdale produces for the first time in history, solid evidence of the soul [Wow!], the spirit, physical descriptions of what sin and salvation are [Physical descriptions?] , the light of God, Heaven, and Hell, among a host of other current abstracts.

This book is fabulous! Let’s read on:

The author also introduces additional new insights, fresh ideas to resolve dozens of Biblical questions ranging from the darkness of the cross, creation, the end of time, the role of Israel, and more. By presenting the topic with a “question and answer” format, he up front addresses any skepticism among readers, thus allowing him to explain each subtopic with ease.

Incredible! Another excerpt:

Greg Van Arsdale has been a student of the Bible for over 50 years. [Wonderful!] He was a physics major in college where the seed of a new breed of science was planted from his Lord. [Huh?] Recruited as an instructor at the US Naval Nuclear Power School, he continued on his singular path of understanding in his spare time, listening and learning from God. Soon the new science blossomed to completion and its application to the Bible began, yielding incredible insights no one else had — this time in theology.

We are truly amazed. There’s a bit more to the press release, but by now you’re interested enough to read it all for yourself — several times! Oh, wait — we need to be certain that this incredible book belongs on our list. The press release addresses that issue right at the end:

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 15,000 titles published to date.

So there you are. Now go learn something for once in your hell-bound life. Buy the book — and tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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