The world-renowned God of Evolution Meme-atorium has been working double-time this week, bringing you exactly what you have demanded: more silly pictures about evolution and creationism that you can share with your friends on the interwebs.
Longtime followers of this site will know I am not a fan of the term “biblical creationist.” If you’re unfamiliar, it is essentially a truncated version of playing the faith card, a fallacious tactic in which young-earth creationists assert that they are right (and all other believers are wrong) simply by virtue of them being better and more faithful Christians than everybody else.
The term bothers me because it’s arrogant (and hence, antithetical to the spirit we are supposed to seek to embody as Christians), childish and, frankly, a bald-faced lie: Despite their strident, self-righteous claims to the contrary, the young-earth view is not more faithful to scripture than any of a number of perfectly reasonable alternatives. In fact, I’d argue it’s less so.
But they say a picture with a thousand words is worth a lot (or something like that), so here is a series of memes illustrating the same point.
Let me know your favorite(s) in the comments below, and/or suggest your own!
Writing into the sunset
Another meme, of a sort, comes via inspiration a recent post by one of our favorite commenters, Phil Ledgerwood, in response to a claim by a young-earther that he was “making God a deceiver” by not interpreting the Genesis creation accounts literally. (If it is difficult for you to read, click through for a much larger view.)
This absurd false dichotomy is a favorite createvangelist tactic, as if the only two possible options for the text of Genesis 1-3 are to interpret it as literal history or chuck it altogether.
It is as utterly nonsensical as accusing them of disregarding biblical authority for reading the parable of the good Samaritan as, well, a parable, instead of a straightforward news story about crime in first-century Palestine, or for interpreting John 15 as a metaphor for steadfast faith and discipleship rather than a literal — albeit pretty weird — horticultural lesson.
But it usually scores them a cheap rhetorical point or two, so what the heck do they care about making sense?
In the quote above, Phil goes right to the heart of the matter. This is not a question of whether God’s word is true or trustworthy. The question is, what is God saying in Genesis 1, 2 and 3.
If his intention through the Holy Spirit was really to convey scientific truth, then yeah, we’ve got some major issues. But if his purpose was to teach theology, then — quite simply — we don’t. The Bible cannot conflict with something it was never intended to speak to in the first place.
Our thanks to “Mr Brendel,” via Wikimedia Commons, for the gorgeous original image.
But seriously, if this guy is not already working for the likes of Answers in Genesis or the Institute for Creation Research, he needs to turn in an application fast. I’m sure he would do very well there.