Category Archives: Science

Hambo Says Don’t Worry About Climate Change

This brilliant and timely post was 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 The End of the World Is Coming Soon! — Unless It Doesn’t!, and it was written by Hambo himself, so you know there’s nothing better. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

How long do we have left before doomsday scenarios begin to play out? Well, that depends on who you ask. A recent article [At Fox News!] highlighted several answers from prominent politicians and activists who argue we must take “immediate action” or crisis will arise by 2030; the “Climate Clock” says we must make drastic changes by 2029; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [The AOC creature!] said in 2019 that the world would end in twelve years; and still others say “the planet is dying” and we just have a few years left.

Egad, we’re doomed! Or are we? Hambo says:

But, as the article points out,

[Hambo quotes the article:] Advocates of combating climate change are increasingly invoking doomsday scenarios to pressure President Biden to take unilateral action to lower greenhouse gas emissions, despite a history of such claims falling flat. [emphasis added]

So who do we believe? Only Hambo can clear things up for us. He explains:

The “doom and gloom” claims of the past simply haven’t come to be. (I’m old enough to remember when global cooling was the perceived threat, and then it was global warming, and now it’s just climate change!) For example, Al Gore [Hee hee!] predicted the North Pole would likely be ice free for at least part of the summer by 2013. That has yet to happen.

This is so confusing! Hambo continues:

Really, this zealous climate activism is a false religion with false prophets. [Gasp!] These activists and scientists have no idea what is really happening or what is going to happen. And they ignore much of the history concerning climate data. That’s why the predictions are constantly wrong! They have the wrong starting point (man’s word) and the wrong history (evolution and millions of years), so they come to wrong conclusions about the future.

There’s nothing worse than a false religion. Fortunately, Hambo will guide us to The Truth. Let’s read on:

This false religion is inconsistent because, from their secular perspective, when these people die, they’re done. [Egad!] That’s it; they won’t exist anymore. Eventually everyone dies and ceases to exist, and someday even the universe dies. So, life is ultimately purposeless and meaningless — so why even care?

What a horrible religion! Hambo explains:

Well, it’s ultimately all about them being their own god and worshipping themselves and the creation, rather than the Creator (see Romans chapter 1). It’s their religion as they attempt to make some supposed “purpose” for themselves in their (self-inflicted) meaningless existence. It’s what happens when people worship the creature rather than the Creator.

Truly, that’s a horrible religion! But fear not — in his final paragraph, Hambo clarifies everything:

But we don’t need to wail and bemoan the future. The only true Creator has promised, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

Now you know everything you need to know. All that talk about climate change is for fools! Isn’t Hambo wonderful?

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God and the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is really having a powerful effect on creationists. We previously wrote Creationists and the James Webb Space Telescope, followed soon thereafter by Discoveroids and the James Webb Space Telescope. They were all declaring that their faith was strengthened by what was being revealed.

But that was nothing compared to what we just found at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute, titled James Webb Telescope Goes Live: Stephen Meyer Reports, and it has no author’s by-line.

Wowie! You know who Stephen Meyer is. His Discoveroid bio page says that he’s one of their senior fellows and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s their creationism shop. A report from him is important, so pay attention! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], radio host Michael Medved sits down with Cambridge-trained philosopher of science Stephen Meyer to hear exciting news about the newly active James Webb Space Telescope, a telescope dramatically more powerful than the already extraordinarily powerful Hubble Space Telescope.

Exciting, isn’t it? Then they say:

The James Webb telescope was launched by NASA last Christmas and has begun returning a stream of dramatic images. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

We know all that, but what does Meyer say about it? They tell us:

As Meyer explains, thanks to Webb we can now see farther into the distant universe than ever before, and the farther a telescope can see, the further into the past it can see. The Webb telescope can see far enough to witness galaxies from the very early universe.

We know that too. Oh wait — here comes the good stuff:

Meyer says what Webb is revealing, and what astronomers and physicists have uncovered in the past several decades, point ever more insistently away from atheism and toward theism.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What does Meyer think the Webb Telescope is showing us — an image of Yahweh at his work-bench, with a sign on it that says “Deity at work, do not disturb!”? Anyway, now we come to the end:

For more on the topic, check out Meyer’s recent essay in Newsweek, “How Science Stopped Backing Atheists and Started Pointing Back to God.”

The Discoveroids in Newsweek? Goodbye cruel world! The end is nigh! All is lost!

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ICR: Shocking Attack, Brilliant Defense

We found some really exciting stuff at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of of all creationists outfits, the fountainhead of young Earth creationist wisdom. Their post is titled Are Creationists Conspiracy Theorists?, and it was written by Jake Hebert, an ICR Research Associate. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this].

Paul Braterman, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Glasgow, recently claimed online that creationism “meets all the criteria” for a “conspiracy theory.” He says creationism offers “a complete parallel universe with its own organisations and rules of evidence, and [creationism] claims that the scientific establishment promoting evolution is an arrogant and morally corrupt elite.” Is this fair?

You can decide that for yourself, dear reader. Braterman’s article was posted at two different websites, and for some reason, Jake links to both of them in his footnotes. Here’s a link to one of them: Why creationism bears all the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory. Okay, back to Jake, who says:

First, we should note that calling someone a “conspiracy theorist” is a quick and easy way to avoid having to deal with the intellectual arguments for his position. It is tantamount to calling him crazy. And we all know that attempting to reason with crazy people is pointless, right?

Right! Then he tells us:

Braterman says creationists demonize evolutionists, and he cites, presumably as evidence of this, former Georgia Congressman Paul Broun’s much-publicized 2012 claim that evolution is a lie “straight from the pit of hell”. But if one watches the YouTube video of Congressman Broun embedded in Braterman’s essay, he doesn’t personally attack evolutionists. He simply stated his belief (which we share) that evolution is a false doctrine, and like all false doctrines, it ultimately originates from Satan, the father of lies. That is not a personal attack on evolutionists, and it does not mean that all evolutionists are intentionally lying. But it does mean that the theory evolutionists hold ultimately originated with an evil being who intends both us and them harm. Broun’s statement reflects on the deceit and not on the persons being deceived.

We wrote a few times about Broun and that “pit of hell” claim — see Paul “Pit of Hell” Broun: Craziness Everywhere. Okay, Jake continues:

It may be going too far to say that Braterman is demonizing creationists, but he certainly assumes evil in our motives. He claims creationism is a “deep-seated power struggle” between religious conservatives and liberals, suggesting that creationists don’t really believe what we profess and that we are unconcerned about evidential truth. He suggests that creationists are motivated by financial interests when he describes one particular creation exhibit, without any evidence, as “highly lucrative.”

We all know about some creation exhibits, so we’ll skip over that issue and read on:

His claim that creationists operate by different rules of evidence is unfounded. [Really?] You don’t convert skeptics to your position by inventing your own unique rules of evidence! Yet former skeptics are being converted both to creationism and Christianity by the sheer strength of the logic and evidence for biblical creation.

Yeah, zillions of people are embracing creationism because it’s so logical. Another excerpt:

However, we freely admit our philosophical presuppositions: we believe without apology that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. [Very logical!] Braterman also has his own worldview assumptions. He is a member of the National Center for Science Education, which is extremely hostile to the creation movement, and this is not the first time that he has publicly denounced the creationist movement. Has Dr. Braterman considered the possibility that his own presuppositions might be coloring the way he looks at the evidence?

Great question! Maybe logic and the scientific method — straight from the pit of hell — are having an effect on Braterman’s mind. And now we come to the end — which is amazing:

The entire essay is basically a giant ad hominem attack on creationists. It is instructive that this essay doesn’t attempt to answer creationists with any scientific evidence for evolution. Perhaps that’s because there isn’t any.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, if that Braterman guy doesn’t have any scientific evidence, he ought to admit it and give up on that Darwinism stuff. Don’t you agree, dear reader?

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The Discoveroids Are Saving the World

Once again, because there’s no actual creationist news out there, we find our entertainment at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. Their latest is titled Michael Egnor: Judeo-Christian Culture and the Rise of Modern Science, and it has no author’s by-line.

Naturally, you want to know who Egnor is. Here’s his bio info at the Encyclopedia of American Loons: Michael Egnor. Okay, let’s find out what dazzling goodies the Discoveroids have for us today. 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!], host Casey Luskin [Hee hee!] and neurosurgeon Michael Egnor discuss how Europe’s Judeo-Christian culture in the Middle Ages and Renaissance laid the groundwork for the rise of science.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How many times have we written about this creationist claim? A dozen, maybe? Here’s a good example: Did Science Originate with Creationists?, and it links to a few others. But we can’t resist quoting ourselves one time:

If it were true that Christianity is responsible for science, then why wasn’t there a flourishing of science in the first three centuries AD — at least in those parts of the ancient world where the new religion was growing? And when Rome became Christian during the reign of Constantine in the early 300s AD, why didn’t Roman science flourish? Instead, Rome collapsed a century and a half later.

Okay, back to the Discoveroids, who tell us:

Egnor goes on to address the claim that the rise of atheism has somehow been a boon to science. [What?] Not so, Egnor says.

Who makes the claim that Egnor is rebutting? Anyone? It’s true that Galileo’s astronomical work got him in trouble with the Church — see Galileo affair — but no one claims that he was an atheist. Well, he had to confess (under threat of torture) that his work proving that the Earth wasn’t the center of creation was heresy — but that’s not atheism.

Anyway we’re not told who Egnor is talking about, and that’s pretty much all there is to the Discoveroid post. Oh, it ends with this:

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

So there you are — by fighting evolution, the Discoveroids are being good scientists and they’re saving the world from the scourge of atheism. At least, that’s what we think they’re saying. Look at their podcast and tell us if we’re wrong.

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