This is about a familiar topic 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 title of his new post is Can Creationists Be Innovators?
Before the rise of what we know as science, when virtually everyone was a creationist, humans developed agriculture, the bow & arrow, horse-drawn wheeled vehicles, architecture, etc. The pace of such progress was painfully slow, but shouldn’t surprise us that every now and then, a creationist somehow devises something useful. When something like that happens, it’s important to note that the innovation isn’t derived from a knowledge of scripture.
Even today, according to the Salem hypothesis, engineering types — and that often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint. More accurately stated, many of the so-called “scientists” who admit being creationists are mostly engineers. There are several examples among the signers of the Discoveroids’ Scientific Dissent From Darwinism.
We’ve previously written about some of Hambo’s examples of creationists who managed to improve a device, or to invent something. See Ken Ham: Creationist Designs a Bicycle!. Before that, in Ken Ham Presents a Great Creation Scientist, Hambo was raving about Raymond Damadian, described by Wikipedia as: “an American medical practitioner and inventor of the first MR (Magnetic Resonance) Scanning Machine.” As we said then:
A “creation scientist” is one who attempts to pervert science so he can claim that it supports his faith-based beliefs in the recent six-day creation of the Earth, the universe, and all species, plus additional goodies like Noah’s Flood. Such ancient tales — even if Damadian believes them — have no scientific or technological relationship to the work for which he is known. … Had Damadian confined his work to the “science” of Genesis, he couldn’t have invented anything — except perhaps some kind of improved horse-drawn chariot.
With that as background, let’s see what Hambo has for us today. We’ll give you some excerpts from his new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis. He begins by criticizing Bill Nye, and says:
Creationists can certainly be innovators and engineers (as well as fantastic scientists in any field, even supposed evolutionary ones such as biology, geology, or paleontology — just like the many PhD scientists employed by Answers in Genesis). I’ve publicly challenged Nye many times to provide just one example of a technology that was developed because of a belief in millions of years or evolution. He’s never provided one because, well, there aren’t any. An evolutionary worldview does nothing to further technology — the question of origins has nothing to do with it!
Cleverly done. Just as we say that the “science” in Genesis leads nowhere, Hambo responds by saying that “a belief in millions of years or evolution” doesn’t get us anywhere. But Hambo deliberately misses the point. It’s not merely a belief in millions of years — which is a conclusion, not a presupposition — it’s a firm commitment to studying, testing, and understanding reality — not ancient mythology — that gives us scientific progress. Then he repeats an old clunker:
You see, there are two kinds of science. Observational science is directly testable, observable, and repeatable. It’s what was used to put a rover on Mars, develop WiFi, and, for Dr. Damadian, to make the MRI. But historical science deals with the past (e.g., rock layers and fossils), so it isn’t directly testable, observable, and repeatable. So what you believe about the past can directly influence how you interpret the evidence in the present. If you start with a belief in millions of years and evolution, that’s how you’ll interpret the evidence. But if you begin with God’s Word as your starting point, you’ll interpret the evidence through the lens of God’s Word and the history recorded in it.
We’ve debunked that “two kinds of science” too many times already, so we’ll just move on. Hambo says:
We Love Science — and We Want Kids to Love It Too! We want young people to be innovators and scientists because we at AiG love science. We want them to study God’s beautiful creation and universe for his glory and to develop technology to help us fight the effects of the Curse [caused by the sin of Adam & Eve].
The rest of Hambo’s post is nothing but promotion for his books and tapes about creationism for home-schoolers “to help encourage kids to love STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and to think about it biblically.”
So there you are, dear reader. You too can raise your kids to be creation scientists. Who knows — one of them may invent some new and improved version of the loin cloth.
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