Creationist Wisdom #780: Teach the Truth

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Wichita Eagle of Wichita, Kansas, the largest city in the state. It’s s titled Creationism, and it’s the second of two letters at that link. The newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is James. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

The article “Creationist views declining …,” Wichita Eagle June 18, was a good reflection of the debate on the origin of the universe.

He’s referring to this article: Creationist views declining, but many also think God had hand in evolution. It’s about the Gallup poll we discussed a few weeks ago in 2017 Gallup Poll on Evolution. It wasn’t about the origin of the universe, but James thinks otherwise and he’s all upset about it. He says:

The opening statement, “Views about evolution are changing, but many also think God had a hand in evolution,” and the discussion about education’s impact on worldviews were well stated. The most important question of “truth” was not addressed.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] That article didn’t address the most important question — The Truth. James tells us:

The truth has eternal consequences, so the worldview you have is very important.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Eternal consequences! James continues:

Education should teach both Biblical creationism and evolution’s six parts.

Evolution’s six parts? Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, it’s in Jack Chick’s classic, Big Daddy? For your edification, we’ve excerpted the relevant frame from Chick’s tract, and that’s what adorns this post. If you can’t read what’s there, the six parts are listed in this article by Eric Hovind: Six Meanings of Evolution. They are:

• Cosmic evolution: the origin of time, space, and matter from nothing in the “big bang”
• Chemical evolution: all elements “evolved” from hydrogen
• Stellar evolution: stars and planets formed from gas clouds
• Organic evolution: life begins from inanimate matter
• Macro-evolution: animals and plants change from one type into another
• Micro-evolution: variations form within the “kind”

Okay, now that you’ve learned something, let’s return to James’ letter:

Biblical creationism is constantly verified by science. Evolution is at best a hypothesis and not a true theory that has any evidence.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Another excerpt:

A search for truth in education should have both worldviews taught since proponents believe their view to be true. Some will never believe the truth, but they should be exposed to the facts.

Yes, in a search for truth, we must at least expose the kiddies to the facts. Here’s more:

There is no way in a letter to completely address this issue. Let me leave with two questions: 1. How did DNA’s code and the symbiotic components occur without creation? 2. Why does matter exist?

Powerful questions indeed! And James knows the answers. Now we come to the end:

Let education be education and not indoctrination.

Verily, those are words to live by. Great letter, James!

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Ken Ham Is Coming to the UK

Our friends in the UK will be thrilled by this news from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. His blog post is titled Get the UK Mega Conference Early Bird Discount Before It’s Gone. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

October may seem far away, but now is the time — including for North Americans who would like to travel to England — to register for our upcoming powerful UK Creation Mega Conference, taking place October 26–28, 2017, in West Midlands, England. This unique conference — our biggest creation apologetics conference for this year — will bring together some of the best creationist speakers and apologists from around the world.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] A creationist mega conference, with the best creationist speakers in the world! Isn’t this exciting? Then Hambo says:

I’ve been to the UK many times and have witnessed for myself the spiritual decline and darkness that pervades the UK, Darwin’s homeland.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwin’s homeland is in spiritual darkness! Hambo is coming to fix things up. He tells us:

I’m thankful for this opportunity to join many others, including Dr. Voddie Bauchum Jr., Dr. Danny Faulkner, Professor Stuart Burgess, Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, and more, as we bring light and truth to the UK to equip the saints for the work of sharing the gospel.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Hambo is bringing light and truth! He continues:

Hundreds have already registered. Our UK office has told us that people have booked from the United States and all over Europe, which is great to hear. The early bird discount The early bird discount (which saves you up to 20% on regular prices) ends June 30, 2017, so be sure to save your spot at this unique conference today and then make your travel plans. I would love to see many people from outside the UK attend this excellent conference.

If he wants people from outside the UK, why is he doing this in the UK? Anyway, let’s read on. In this paragraph, the bold font is in Hambo’s post:

Europe is spiritually very dark, and, now more than ever, the church there needs to be equipped to reach a lost world with the love and hope of Christ. This conference will equip you to stand your ground against the lie of evolution and millions of years and to boldly proclaim the truth of God’s Word and the gospel to others.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Stand your ground against the lie of evolution! One last excerpt:

We want to help inspire a Genesis reformation in Europe and encourage churches to return to the authority of God’s Word in all areas — beginning in the book of Genesis.

Isn’t this wonderful? Hambo is bringing his creationist reformation to a spiritually dark region of the world. What a great man! Then there’s a link to where you can register. The event will be in West Bromwich. Registration is only £55 per adult (£45 if you qualify for the early bird price). You are going to attend, aren’t you?

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Discoveroids: Intelligent Design Is the Future

This one at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is so chaotic and convoluted that it’s impossible to discuss it coherently. It’s titled Nanotechnology Engineers Struggle to Match Cell Performance, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Cells make mechanical work look easy, but imitating what they do is very, very hard for intelligent designers of the human kind. Nanotechnologists are taking baby steps toward imitating what cells do all the time. [Description of what some cells do] … These moving parts are tightly regulated, directional and efficient. Now try building a molecular motor that can do these things.

They refer to and quote from this article in Science: Gearing up molecular rotary motors, which you can’t read without a subscription. Then they say:

While we applaud every bit of progress in this very challenging arena, the real lesson is what they are learning about design requirements.

[…]

When we ask just how ingenious the design is, we finally hear an admission that cells do things far, far better than we can.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] After a lot of quote-mining and babbling, the Discoveroids tell us:

In short, the best answers will come through biomimetics: imitating how cells do it. Cells have set a very high bar. The future of science, both for theoretical understanding and application, is focused on intelligent design.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh yeah — intelligent design is the future of science. And now we come to the end:

Without coming out and saying the banned phrase, these papers show it. Now if they can get their molecular machines to assemble from other molecular machines following coded instructions, and to reproduce themselves, they’ll really be onto something.

The message from the Discoveroids seems to be this: We can’t (yet) duplicate what the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — does in building biological cells, therefore … Oogity Boogity! That, dear reader, is creation science at its finest.

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Creationist Wisdom #779: Evolution Is for Sheep

Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s a column, really) appears in The Pike County News Watchman, published in Waverly, Ohio (population 4,408). It’s titled Four Reasons Why people believe in Evolution, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Zach Guiler of the Canal Church of Christ in Waverly. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s column, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis.

We have proven time and again in our Wednesday night apologetics class that the Theory of Evolution is an illogical lie. Yet, the vast majority of the world still believes that every living thing in existence is the result of time and chance. Why would intelligent and logical beings choose to believe something as ridiculous as evolution, over the more logical and factual creationism? There are several reasons this might be the case.

The rev gives us his reasons why people “choose to believe something as ridiculous as evolution”:

First, for the past 50 years, evolution has been the only thing taught in schools. It is not taught as an unproven theory, but as scientific fact. As a result, many do not question the validity of the Evolutionary Theory and just assume that it is factual.

Ain’t it the truth? That’s the first reason. Then he says:

Second, it has been portrayed in popular culture and the media that the most intelligent people believe in evolution. Those who do not believe in evolution are labeled as stupid or ignorant. Men are prideful. We want people to think we are well educated and smart. So people claim to believe in evolution, not based on facts and evidence, but because it will make them appear to be in the same league as those who are educated and intelligent.

Yes, dear reader, like most evolutionists, you want to appear to be smart, when really you’re an idiot. That’s the second reason. After that the rev tells us:

Third, it is claimed that the vast majority of scientists believe in evolution. Popular scientists like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson have broken into the mainstream and spew their evolutionary beliefs, claiming that “all true scientists believe in evolution”, making it seem that all experts believe in this theory as fact, and those with little to no scientific knowledge follow their words. Just because someone is loudest, doesn’t make them right. Even if the majority of scientists believe in the theory of evolution, that doesn’t make evolution any less of the lie that it is. You are a free-thinking human being, not a sheep following the masses.

Yeah, you gotta think for yourself — but you don’t. That’s the third reason. The rev continues:

Fourth, there are many who accept evolution because they have rejected God. They don’t want there to be a God, so they accept an illogical theory over the logical and factual truth. No one believes in evolution because of the evidence. Why? Because there is virtually no evidence to back the theory up! Even those who believe in evolution must admit this.

Admit it, dear reader. There’s no evidence for evolution. Let’s read on:

Consider the evidence. Creationism has evidence while evolution is void of any. Creationism is logical while evolution is improbable.

So true! The rev concludes with some valuable advice:

Don’t be a sheep. Don’t follow the masses as they lead you down the path of destruction. Look at the proof, follow where it leads, and come to your own conclusion. When one does that, the only conclusion that exists is the fact that God is, and He created the heavens and the earth and everything in them.

At the end of the rev’s column, he says that this is his source for the foregoing: Why Do People Believe in Evolution?, at the website of something called Apologetics Press.

You may have noticed that we haven’t attempted to give you any rebuttal to anything the rev says. That’s because we’re too overwhelmed by the logic of his words. No doubt, you feel the same way.

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