Hey gang, this week, the wife and I are going on vacation to The Last Frontier (Alaska, not space), which we hope will be an enjoyable time of fishing, camping and not being eaten by bears.
Even though I know Alaska isn’t like some foreign country where they don’t have magazine and whatnot, I still do not expect to have much Internet access up there. But I do have a meme for this week, and I wanted to get it out to you today, while I’m still on this side of Canada.
Now, you might be asking, “Hey, what’s the story, Hambone? Why do you hate all of these things?” Well, the answer is quite simple: They present only one view. That is, the scientists, and science journals, science museums and science teachers, offer only, well, science, which is wrong … somehow.
Instead, what they should do, Ham insists, is teach objective, evidence-based science alongside his magic-based, garbled version of world history, which isn’t even in line with the biblical record it’s supposedly taken from.
Of course, what’s really ironic about Ham’s perspective is that he demands that non-religious institutions and organizations recognize the imaginary controversy he believes concerns scientific evidence related to evolution and the age of the earth, but he refuses to acknowledge or give any validity to the real, actual disagreement which exists among many smart, faithful followers of Jesus in regard to the proper interpretation of the book of Genesis.
This was a point Bill Nye made in his “debate” with Ham:
People get tremendous community and comfort and nurture and support from their religious fellows, and their communities, in their faiths, and churches, and yet they don’t accept your point of view. There are Christians who don’t accept that the Earth could somehow be this extraordinarily young age. Because of all the evidence around them.
Perhaps the most accurate thing said about the Christian faith that entire night, and it came from the non-Christian guy.
But the most hilarious examples of Ham’s self-proclaimed monopoly on biblical truth come from his own words. His favorite, and most common, tactic is to label anyone who disagrees with him on anything a “compromiser”or take them to task for “rejecting the authority of God’s word.”
However, in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than this post from 2012, in which he accuses an Assemblies of God (which isn’t exactly known for being a super-liberal denomination) journal of “taking a dogmatic position against” literalists because — get this — they allowed multiple views of Genesis to be presented.
He explains his position here:
However, we at Answers in Genesis believe there is only one correct view regarding how one takes Genesis—it must be taken as literal history (it is written as a historical narrative). And we must as God’s people stand against the compromise of reinterpreting Genesis to fit in evolution and millions of years, which undermines biblical authority. We are often called intolerant for our stand. There are church leaders who claim they are tolerant in allowing different views regarding Genesis, but in doing so they are intolerant of the view AiG takes, which we adamantly insist is the correct biblical view.
So, in reality, in the journal of this denomination, by allowing different authors to present different views, by not coming out and clearly stating which is the correct view, and by not giving reasons why compromise views are in error, I submit that the journal is taking a dogmatic, intolerant stand against those who take the position we do at AiG.
Isn’t that crazy? I mean, isn’t that just off-your-rocker, jam-a-pen-in-your-eye-hole insane? In Ken Ham’s brain, saying literally nothing negative about his views is the equivalent of taking a “dogmatic, intolerant stand” against him?
That’s right, folks: In his nuanced, sophisticated view of the world, you have to not only agree with him, but also refuse to acknowledge that other opinions even exist, and that they might be sort of valid, too.
Seriously — how the heck does he get away with this stuff?
This is where, I believe, the truly destructive, corrosive nature of the Answers in Genesis worldview lies. It’s not what they teach that is so toxic for the church, but how they teach it. We cannot be a unified body of Christ if we let deluded little would-be dictators come in and say what is and isn’t universal truth.
Anyway, that concludes this week’s rant. Have a great week, y’all.