29 January 2006

Some Odd Creationist quotes.

Creationists are not exactly my favorite people. How could they be? I am a biologist, and scientist and they represent the antithesis of all that science is. Here are some odd, odd quotes by those who turn to the bible for all things. Creationists are united in their belief that the bible can inform them on every subject. I think these quotes -some taken from the reviews page of Richard Dawkins'
excellent book, "The Ancestor's Tale: A pilgrimage to the dawn of Evolution," and the others from interviews found at Media Matters for America (mediamatters.com).
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This is a detailed and meticulous description of evolution and the history of biological life. Of its type, this is one of the most comprehensive and readable accounts available. Unfortunately Dawkins is operating entirely within the wrong paradigm!

Creation may be contradicted by facts, but facts don't necessarily add up to truth. Evolution itself is flawed on several counts, for example it cannot explain:

1) Why heavy fish, like whales, don't just sink to the bottom of the ocean
2) Why most trees are so much taller than necessary
3) How non-biological animals, like crocodiles and ostriches, came into existence
4) Why sharks haven't grown legs, moved onto land and taken over the world
5) The existence of invisible species that remain undiscovered

So go ahead and read Dawkins' lucid prose in 'The Ancestor's Tale' - but remember there are some occasions when facts are wrong.
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Apparently this is a book about the history of humanity and our relationship with our 'animal ancestors'. How it is possible to discuss these matters without invoking Creation I do not know! There is a Good Book on these topics and I think we all know what it is! The Truth is that we came into being after God created Adam and Eve several hundred years ago, and were given dominion over the animals that were created around about the same time. We are not animals we are human beings! If life had been evolving for billions of years then surely even animals like goats and squirrels would have turned into humans by now.

Dawkins presents an objectivist scientific account which is clearly over-reliant on a materialistic conception of life. For example, he argues that 'if we had fewer or more than ten fingers, we'd recognise a different set of numbers as round'. However, it could be the case that early Man decided 10 was a round number and subsequently was given 10 fingers by God.

This lengthy book is just part of the rationalist scientific orthodoxy. For a better read on the origins of life, try the Bible.
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(Judge Roy Moore on Hardball With Chris Matthews)
MOORE: There's no scientific evidence of evolution. Evolution is a theory and has been recognized so by many. You have always heard of the missing link, haven't you?
MATTHEWS: Right.

MOORE: It is still missing. In other words, they can't explain how male and female came and every species from one atom or one amoeba.
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Here is Pat Robertson discussing evolution with his 700 Club cohost.
ROBERTSON: You know, what we have got to recognize just there in this case is that the evolutionists worship atheism. I mean, that's their religion. And evolution becomes their religion. It is a matter of religion. So this is an establishment of religion contrary to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. And the fact that somebody comes along and says, "We are not sure that it's accurate, it's a theory and not a fact" -- how can you say it's a fact? You are talking about 10 to 15 billion years ago. Who was there?

TERRY MEEUWSEN (co-host): Scientifically, you would think that the scientific community would rise to the occasion and say, "Absolutely, let's keep an open mind. Let's continue to discover and search."

ROBERTSON: Yeah, well, a lot of scientists are. More and more are. They are saying there are just too many things that can't be explained by evolution. But, I mean, these fanatics, I mean, it is a religion, it is a cult. It is cultish religion, and whenever you start talking about the origins of life, you now get into religious matter, and theirs is just as much religion. The only difference is that even questioning, questioning that -- the ACLU says even if you question our religion, you are guilty of violating the First Amendment. I mean, give me a break.

(Robertson has also recently warned pennsylvannians in the small town of Dover not to turn to God should a disaster befall them. Dover citizens had voted out the the school board that had supported the teaching of intelligent design. "You voted god out of your town." Pat said.)
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I suppose these don't need much commentary. But the following lines just say so much.

Creation may be contradicted by facts, but facts don't necessarily add up to truth. Evolution itself is flawed on several counts, for example it cannot explain:

1) Why heavy fish, like whales, don't just sink to the bottom of the ocean
2) Why most trees are so much taller than necessary
3) How non-biological animals, like crocodiles and ostriches, came into existence
4) Why sharks haven't grown legs, moved onto land and taken over the world
5) The existence of invisible species that remain undiscovered

I am not sure what exactly a "non-biological animal" is but it doesn't bode well for conversations that might occur between creationists and biologists. And what is that line about "heavy fish, like whales?" There are much more savy defenders of creationism, but I suspect the majority of them are like the person who penned the lines above.

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