For those of you who have followed this site for a while, you know that I like memes. I like them because I think humor and satire and parody can often make points just as effectively as a dissertation — if not more so — and they’re usually far more entertaining. As the great poet T.S. Eliot once said, “Humor is also a way of saying something serious.”
Plus, I like memes because I think they’re funny.
So, when it comes to analyzing this week’s #HamonNye debate, you have two options: 1) You can wade through the hundreds of blogs, articles and opinion pieces meticulously constructed by we wise sages of the Interwebs, or 2) You can look at the funny pictures below and, hopefully, get a chuckle or two.
Who knows? You might learn just as much as you would have from all of our sage criticisms and biting cultural and theological analysis, and — either way — the world’s going to keep spinning.
So, without further ado, I present to you: THE BEST INTERNET MEMES OF THE #HAMONNYE DEBATE (and by “best,” I mean, really, the only ones I could find. I’m very disappointed in you, Internet). Feel free to submit your own in the comments if you’ve found better.
This is one of mine, based off one of Ham’s particularly convoluted responses during the Q-and-A session, which was all the more perplexing considering how simple and straightforward his answer should have been.
Then, we’ve got a few similar ones, also based off the Q-and-As. Several bloggers noted the stark contrasts between Nye and Ham’s explanations of what would change their mind. From Exploring Our Matrix:
From Lady Grey, on Facebook:
This one, from American Atheists, Inc., includes the full responses by both men, which actually makes the contrast even sharper. I, of course, owe the group thanks for inspiring my own meme above.
I’m not sure who deserves credit for this next one, which features one of the best one-liners of the night, right up there with, K-Ham’s “Why do we wear clothes? Genesis!” and Nye’s “Did the fish sin, Mr. Ham?” I found this one on Unsettled Christianity, but it’s appeared elsewhere, as well.
This one’s a little grainy, but worth sharing. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one tired of Ken Ham’s observational/historical science song and dance. Talk about a “bait and switch.”
This one’s actually a cartoon, by this guy.
Yeah, that about sums it up. This next one was sent in by a fan of the site, who asked to be left anonymous. A Christian, like me, he said he was reminded of St. Augustine’s wise warnings to contemporary and future believers to not hold a certain scientific view of scripture so rigidly that future scientific discoveries might disprove them — and in so doing, cause people to reject the entire message of the Bible.
If only we’d listened. And finally, from Cheezburger:
What else needs to be said?