How Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis could prove that they’re right (and why they won’t do it)

The would-be soothsayer Harold Camping got a bad rap, but was he really worse than Ken Ham?

July 16, 2014

Do you remember Harold Camping? If not, here’s a quick refresher course (there will be a quiz later, so pay attention).

Camping was the author, preacher and radio talk show host who infamously foretold that the Rapture would happen on May 21, 2011. When it did not, Camping amended his prediction to say that it would actually occur on Oct. 21 of the same year, commensurate with the End of Days.

When that didn’t happen either, Camping — whose Judgment Day misjudgments had briefly heaped worldwide notoriety upon him — quietly retired from the ministry he’d founded and retreated from the public eye.

Camping’s bold assertions drew the (entirely deserved) scorn and derision of secular and free-thought groups, while no shortage of more mainstream Christians joined them in their mockery, as we seem to be so often inclined to do.
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  • Prepare for your mind to be blown (photo via The Independent).

    An illustrated response to young-earth creationist author Darek Isaacs

    June 20, 2014

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    Meet young-earth creationist author Darek Isaacs.

    If you’ve never heard of him, he got some headlines last year for a book in which he argued that the dragons of legends and folk lore (you know, those enormous, winged, fire-breathing monstrosities that occupy the same realm as the Sphinx and the Questing Beast) are actually just slightly exaggerated human encounters with extant dinosaurs. Initially, the claim was so extreme it seemed fringey even within the uber-fringey world of young-earth creationism … until we all realized that Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis were saying the same things.

    Even if these ideas were remotely true, of course, it would do absolutely nothing to the theory of evolution, any more than did the 1938 rediscovery of the coelacanth, a rare order of fish thought to have been extinct for millions of years. There’s actually a term for such finds — Lazarus taxa — and if anything, they simply provide further evidence that the fossil record is incomplete (which isn’t exactly news to paleontologists).

    But anyway, that was last year. Read on

  • Oh, Kristin, if you only knew.

    The absolute craziest thing that young-earth creationist groups believe

    June 17, 2014

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    Proponents of young-earth creationism, like Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research, teach some pretty crazy things. They teach that God once created a fabulous tree, which could miraculously grant immortality to anyone who ate from it … in a world where every living thing was already immortal anyway.

    They teach that the gospel message is not dependent on young-earth creationism, it’s just based on young-earth creationism (which is different, I guess).

    They teach that the only way we can do science at all is because God created a law-governed, rational universe, but we can’t trust the evidence of the past, because God could have ignored the laws that govern the universe when he was designing and creating the universe. Read on

  • Social media evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, dubbed "a modern-day Michael Faraday" for his work debunking the theory of evolution.

    Theory of evolution disproven by video posted on Facebook

    June 6, 2014

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    The dominant, foundational and unifying theory among all biological sciences for the past century — evolution by natural selection — has been thoroughly debunked by a Facebook video, every scientist in the world reports.

    The video in question was uploaded May 23 by social media evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, of Fountain Hills, Ariz. According to his Facebook page, Feuerstein is “a 33-year-old bachelor soon to become husband and father to four.” From the original posting, the roughly five-minute clip was shared over 188,000 times.

    “Evolution is not a science. Never has and never will be. Why? Because it cannot fit within the parameters and parentheses of science for one simple reason: It was never observed,” Feuerstein explains in his video. “That’s why it’s not science. That’s why it’s called the theory of evolution. One man’s theory.”

    The fallout in the scientific community has been widespread and devastating.

    “I honestly don’t know what to say,” a visibly shaken Richard Dawkins told BBC World News this week. Read on