Creation Myth?

6 Aug

Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, advocates a literal interpretation of the Bible and claims that the universe is 6,000 years old, despite scientific evidence from astronomy and from the Earth’s fossil and geological records. He says that Noah’s flood occurred about 4,500 years ago in the year 2348 BC and that the animals carried on Noah’s ark produced the biological diversity we now find on Earth. (7 billion people from 3 mothers? Cool!) He also believes that the dinosaurs co-existed with genetically modern humans.

And according to a Pew research poll 33 percent of U.S. adults, kind of agree with Mr. Ham and disagree with evolution and believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”

Now Mr. Ham is saying that if Aliens were to be discovered somewhere in the universe they would also be affected by sin, but the salvation through Christ that the inhabitants of planet Earth benefit from would not apply to them. The Earth was “specially created” by God says Mr. Ham and the sin committed on Earth would affect the rest of creation because the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe, which means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation…and of course, would go straight to hell.

That makes perfect sense to me…doesn’t it to you?

Mr. Ham thinks scientists should stop searching for aliens because the search to find aliens, is itself a product of man’s sinful nature “driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!”

But I say, what could be more egotistical or desperate or sinfully hubris filled than believing that God made everything “just for us humans”! Or in believing that an all powerful God came up with a complex plan for a complex universe that is so mundane and trite… create a giant universe all for one special species just to see who will be sinful and who will not based on a mistake one “male” of the species made…and just do that over and over and over again… ad infinitum, and nothing else counts.

I’m bored with that universe already and I don’t even have a super intelligent and immortal brain!

Anyway, isn’t God an Alien?

He wasn’t born on Earth or from Earth or of Earth. He made it…didn’t he? So where did he come from if it was not from some alien other-worldly place???

And what if he does come back and lands at Mr. Ham’s Creation Museum just to check out his handiwork and to see how we humans are celebrating him? Right after he steps off his spaceship or flying horse or whatever, people will probably point and say, “Hey look at the sinful alien!”

…and then shoot him! (and then all go straight to hell I suppose?)

 

 

9 Responses to “Creation Myth?”

  1. womanseyeview August 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    I always enjoy the logic of your argument – a great skewering of creationism.

  2. carolahand August 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    It is astonishing (and truly frightening) that 33 percent of US adults believe this! And yet, many of them still don’t follow the tenets of their holy book to care for those who are less fortunate?

  3. Durell Anthony Gaston August 6, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Interesting critical analysis of the creationist argument of Ken Ham. The problem with the creationist is that they lack any tangible facts or evidence to support their claims and that is the rub, isn’t it? By leveraging faith and not fact, it gives them level of impunity that they just fall back on the ideal that if you don’t accept then you are doomed.

  4. A Voice August 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Religiously minded Creationists give others that believe in a more abstract notion of a personal God a terrible name.

    For my part, I believe in an abstract, personal God and from that God everything was created. How? Science, you know, God’s toolkit. What do I mean by ‘personal’? A distinct entity, whatever and however that may be. This belief is brought about through experience and has the benefit of allowing me to exist with some real epistemic humility.

    It’s very difficult to say the same of the religious minded and, unfortunately, a great many atheists.

  5. avwalters August 7, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Mr. Ham’s arithmetic is as faulty computing years as it is in computing the finances of something as taxably contorted as his Creation Museum. I’ve been told many times that, with an attitude like mine, I’m going to hell. Good thing, too. It’s looking like everybody who’s anybody will be there.

  6. Brendan O'Brien August 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    While I take the agnostic stance that science is incapable of evaluating whether such a thing as God exists (by its very definition), I’d have to say that refusing to accept overwhelming evidence about the origins of the universe, its age, its makeup, its history, is irresponsible.

    i became incensed today that my son was made to feel ashamed of his American roots as they discussed Japan’s national day of mourning the attack upon Hiroshima at school. Yes, many thousands of people died in that attack, which is tragic. Whether the use of nuclear ordinance was warranted is certainly debatable. What is not debatable is that Japan’s military committed atrocities well beyond the scale of two nuclear bombs and had to be stopped. It is well known that the history textbooks given to Japanese children avoid discussing this cultural stain in any way. An insidious and irresponsible means of erasing culpability over generations. Not unlike Mr. Ham’s desire to simply ignore the truth about the universe and hope it goes away.

    • A Voice August 8, 2014 at 5:50 am #

      “i became incensed today that my son was made to feel ashamed of his American roots as they discussed Japan’s national day of mourning the attack upon Hiroshima at school.”

      This is purely tangential but I think worth engaging. It’s important to remember a few things here, and in no particular order:

      -Japan did, in fact, commit a plethora of crimes against humanity over the generations. Dating a Korean woman made me acutely aware of that fact and how Asian cultures have very long memories. This doesn’t mean they deserved nuclear devastation, only that, like any number of specifically defined cultures, innocence is lacking. Using Korean women and children for bayonet practise is comparable to, though still less, than, all things considered, nuclear devastation. But at this point we’d be trying to explain which sort of pure, unadulterated evil is the worst degree.

      -America bombing Hiroshima is, indeed, debatable. Any number of people are on polar ends of the spectrum and I think that it’s irresponsible to do anything but be in the middle. Diplomacy wasn’t going to win the day and neither was a war of attrition, but, truth be told, it may have been more ethically permissible to drop mass amounts of non-nuclear ordinance instead. All things considered, it was a fucked situation.

      -It’s important to remember just how detestable American history well and truly is, how a moral high ground seems to be lost on us as a people. We need to do better and recognising our socio-political, our cultural failings, is important. Without knowing how much shit one brings to the situation, why one shouldn’t shit there and where one should, in fact, shit, there’s just no way to be better as a people. Individually, yes, totally, but not as a people.

      But back to the point.

      “I’d have to say that refusing to accept overwhelming evidence about the origins of the universe, its age, its makeup, its history, is irresponsible.”

      This is very true. Religion is often the worst sort of philosophy -and all religions are, in fact, philosophies- because critical thinking is often discouraged while grand, emotionally motivated acts are encouraged. I’d contend that philosophy, including religion, isn’t so much about feeling good (‘the opiate of the masses’) but in as being as close to right as possible while not being some sort of homicidal cunt.

      • Brendan O'Brien August 8, 2014 at 6:39 am #

        Please don’t get me wrong. The US has metaphorical egg all over its face as well for many reasons. What I objected to in the case of my son was the vilification of the attack without presenting its context. In reading the post about Mr. Ham I was reminded of the Japanese version of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by purging their darkest moments from their history. Mr. Ham seems to pick and choose which facts he will accept into his world view. While the US invaded Iraq on the pretext of non-existent ‘weapons of mass destruction (among other foibles)’ at least we as a culture are willing to wear that egg, no matter how much it smarts to do so.

      • A Voice August 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

        I take and appreciate your point, though I think it’s genuinely up for debate if the United States is, culturally, humble enough to wear that egg.

        It seems to me a ready point to be made is that a significant portion of the country things the President is some combination (or all) of the following: an irresponsible, Kenyan-born, nigger, with no balls, whose policies are doing nothing but sinking the economy faster than the last guy, wants to take away our Constitutional ‘rights’, et al.

        Since 2008 we’ve seen that example and, more recently, growing Congressional obstructions. That’s a lot of egg and, culturally, taking the American people as a whole, it’s something we’re unwilling to admit to in the ways we need to. This isn’t to detract from the earlier points you made, of course, only to reassert that our people really are unwilling to do what is necessary.

        For my part, I’d like to see the schoolbooks that go so far as to assert that the push to invade Iraq was wrong.

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