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. This year, Isaacs — who fancies himself a philosopher, or so we’re told — has a new argument against evolution. According to The Independent, the bizarre but certainly not wholly unique or original syllogism goes as follows: If evolution is true, then it is OK for men to rape women. It is not OK for men to rape women, therefore, evolution must not be true. The claim was also presented in the form of a question, “If evolution is true, is rape wrong?”
Though Ken Ham, another of our good friends, found this a devastating argument against science, we thought it left a lot to be desired.
And we thought we would respond in our favorite way that we respond to such things: a snarky meme! The only problem is that we had too many ideas, and we couldn’t decide which one we liked best. So, we’re presenting a whole series.
This first one is just what we felt to be a loose translation of Isaac’s original query.
Second is a slightly different question, but one that makes every bit as much sense as the original.
Then, we brought a similar line of thinking to different fields of inquiry.
For our last quandary, we took a tenuous step into the strange and unpredictable world of young-earth theology:
Feel free to share around, and let us know which meme you liked best.
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