THE BIBLE PROPHETICALLY WARNS ...
that in the last days false teachers will introduce destructive lies among the people. Their purpose is to bring God's truth into disrepute and to exploit believers by telling them made-up and imagined stories (see 2 Pet. 2:1-3).
SUCH A LIE IS AMONG US - THAT LIE IS EVOLUTION!
Today many laypeople, ministers, and Christian educators are powerless in their presentation of the gospel. They have rejected Genesis, the foundation of biblical doctrine. They have believed the 20th century origins myth - evolution.Publishers Description
An eye-opening look at the harmful effects of evolutionary thought on modern culture and religion. Author Ken Ham uses his years of teaching and ministry experience to expose false teaching that is destroying children and families.
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Release Date Aug 1, 1996
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|A Study in Fallacious Reasoning Aug 17, 2007|
|Let me make one thing clear, to begin: I am a Christian, I believe in the divinity of Christ, the reality of the Gospel, and the authority of scripture--and also that God created the universe.|
For that reason, I gave Ham's book as objective a treatment as I could, coming to it with an open mind, and a willingness to find not the problems in his argument but to discover what he could teach me as a thinking believer. In other words, I intentionally read the book with an "I'm going to assume he's right unless he proves himself wrong" sort of mentality.
What I found in Ham's book was not a logical argument but rather something I'm seriously considering using in writing classes I teach at a Christian university as an example of fallacious logic--of what NOT to do when trying to make an argument from a Christian perspective.
A number of his fallacies are pointed out in other reviews, here are several that seemed significant to me:
1. He seems to willfully mis-characterize both the Bible and science. Primarily, he attributes to a present-day consensus about evolutionary theory a number of ideas that present-day scientists rejected as false long ago, and that have been roundly critiqued as destructive lies by the very liberal academic community (both in the humanities and sciences) he descries, such as social Darwinism. Present-day scientists do not accept Darwin's theories wholesale, and haven't for a very long time. By thus mischaracterizing the nature and ideas of his opposition, he creates a clear "straw man" argument, setting up not the real arguments used by present-day scientists, but rather the ideas that he can knock down most easily.
The largest fallacy of all in this vein is the assumption that science itself purports of "prove" anything at all. I have a number of friends who are scientists, some at Christian universities. Each of them would immediately correct a student who says he/she says that an experiment has "proven" a theory as "true," when, in fact, what they have done is observed a phenomenon that has acted in a manner consistent with a hypothesis: nothing more, nothing less. This isn't the same thing as religious belief.
2. Ham argues that evolutionary theory is essentially the "root of all evil" in modern society, responsible for things like homosexuality, abortion, and the rest of the usual litany of social ills. He fails to address, however, the fact that all these things existed in significant ways well before Darwin published his theories, and existed even in a medieval and renaissance western Europe that was an entirely Christian society in which the idea of young-earth creation was accepted as a matter of course. Perhaps there is a counterargument to this--but the point is that Ham doesn't make it.
3. Ham also fails to answer the potential counterargument of why science actually seems to work under many other circumstances. He argues, essentially, that all science is theory, that all theory is "tainted" by belief and bias, and that if science is theory, then it must uncertain; and if it's uncertain, it can't really explain anything. The problem is, it does explain a lot of things: if you take medication for a physical condition and it works, you're acting on the kind of science Ham descries: the medication was generated using empirical research, which noticed how certain chemicals acted on the body, and explained that interaction sufficiently well to create a medication that, say, demonstrably dries up your sinuses when you're sniffly. If science is nothing but spurious belief, why does science clearly explain many things? And if Ham's critique of science is true, why does he not also critique, say, the law of gravity as just as big a religious myth as evolution?
In a way, he's actually right: if you read up on the philosophy of science, you'll find that even scientists don't believe they can prove that the law of gravity is an eternal constant, that it will keep operating as it has forever. Why? Because science deals with observable phenomena, and the future isn't there to be observed. All science can prove is that the law of gravity has acted in a consistent manner in the past. However, if we take Ham's argument to heart, then we should be nailing down or furniture, because if science can't prove that it will continue to act as it does, then the idea that gravity will continue to act as it has is nothing but a spurious religious belief. In other words, if Ham's argument is true, then ALL science is nothing but empty religious belief, including all the scientific concepts that you take for granted on a daily basis--the concepts that theorize why airplanes fly, how light and electricity are transmitted, how the mechanism of your watch works.
4. The biggest problem, for me, was that a huge part of his argument really seemed to be missing: Ham argues, as I've mentioned, that because our knowledge of science isn't absolute, it can't explain anything with complete surety. If that's the case, Ham says, then science really doesn't teach us anything. However, he argues, we can know about the Bible because if we start with the idea that God is supreme and all-knowing, then his word, i.e. the Bible, must be true. But here's the question he doesn't answer: HOW DO WE KNOW THAT OUR KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE IS COMPLETE? We are, as Ham acknowledges, a fallen species, our understanding both the world and God is tainted by our own sinfulness. If that's the case, can we really afford to think that our understanding of scripture isn't equally tainted by our fallenness? I'm not saying, here, that God isn't all-knowing and the scripture doesn't contain the Truth with a capital-T; I'm saying that if we are a fallen people, we can't trust our own understanding of anything, that includes science, but it also includes God and the scriptures. The reason this is a problem is that it shows that Ham actually commits the very sin he thinks is at the root of all contemporary social evil: he assumes that his understanding of the Bible and of God are absolute, assumes that, when we read the Bible, a perfect knowledge of God is beamed into our hearts, untainted by our own fallen, human understanding. This is important because what he does, here, is to literally LEAN ON HIS OWN UNDERSTANDING. That, my friends, is a stance that Ham himself has a word for: Humanism. For that reason, I would submit that Ham is the ultimate hypocrite, because he proves himself, ultimately, to be the very kind of humanist he so abhors.
To those who are inclined not to believe me in any of this, my response is "GREAT! Don't believe me! Do some reading from the real sources and judge for yourself!" Read recent work that's coming out from actual scientists in the fields of geology or biology: what are the questions they're really asking these days? How are they going about looking for answers? What do they say their research is really telling them? What do real, pious scholars of the scriptures have to say about Genesis? What has been said and thought about Genesis in the Christian tradition?
If you'd like a really accessible overview of all this, allow me to recommend a different book, which I'm sure is available here on this site: Roger Olson's _The Mosaic of Christian Belief_. Olson is a respected scholar of Christian theology at Baylor University--and is very orthodox in his belief. I'm not going to review the book here, but only issue this challenge: after you've read both books, ask yourself which seems the more logical? Which writer seems to be working from accurate historical knowledge? Which writer seems to write from a position of real humility and generosity toward his fellow believers, including the ones with whom he disagrees? Which seems the more informed? Which seems to be writing more out of a sense of Christ's commandments to love God and neighbor than our of a sense of simply accusing the "other guy" of being the source of all the world's evil? Which one seems to be building up rather than tearing down? Which writer evinces more real hope and joy? Which demonstrates the fruits of the spirit and the spirit of the beatitudes more clearly? What are the potential fruits of Ham's view of the scriptures and the world as opposed to Olsen's?
Blessings to all.The Mosaic of Christian Beliefs: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity
|great book, was extremely hard to put down Jun 15, 2007|
|I was very impressed with this book. This book challenged my beliefs when it comes to science and I agree with Ham's points. This book attacks the dangers of mixing the humanist and Christian worldviews and only cracks the surface on the scientific holes that are in the religion of evolution and the strategies to brainwash our children. If you are a professional who wonders about creation and the Bible and how it all relates with the Biology classes you took in high school and college on your way to a non-science degree this book is for you. If you are a scientist there are many more books available that will get more indepth into the science of creationism and the Bible and the glaring holes in evolution and why it takes just as much faith to believe the evolution theories of our origins. |
|Don't believe a word of it May 27, 2007|
|Is anyone going to believe this nonsense who is not in the first place a religious believer in the Hebrew Scriptures (or for that matter the Koran.) In other words, is anyone going to be convinced by the logic of this "creation science" who is not a religious fool to begin with? Real science, evolution, an ancient universe, the fossil record and so on is accepted throughout the world by educated people of all faiths, religions, and nations.|
Ken Ham will have you believe he is giving you the literal truth of Genesis, but he merely gives you his interpretation. Dinosaurs on the ark? Come on, they went extinct exactly because they were left off the ark, along with the unicorn.
To ask the classical question: whom did Cain and Abel and Seth marry? Ken Ham says they married their sisters. Huh, their sisters? Yes, because the rule against sibling marriage did not come into effect until Leviticus, you see. That's not what the Bible says, that's Ham's inference. Of course, the law against murder was not written until Leviticus either, so why was Cain punished?
So Cain went off to the Land of Nod, and there he impregnated his wife. Ken Ham would have you believe Cain dragged one of his sisters with him into exile. My interpretation is (1) there was an established people in the Land of Nod, and Cain (2) married one of them. Which of course opens this question, is Genesis about the beginning of the universe, the earth only, or the tribe of Hebrews.
Don't believe there is a simple, straight forward interpretation of the Bible or that Ken Ham and his museum own it.
|awesome Mar 19, 2007|
|this is awesome. i love this book. i recommend it to buy it. it's such a blessing to have people like ken ham who defend the TRUTH! the age of the earth is young. look at the evidence, do the research from true honest scientists who arent corrupt like many are. |
|The Lie is the Heart of the Matter Mar 2, 2007|
|This book will strengthen the faith of the believer in Christ and the Bible. It will help those wavering between creation and evolution. It will empower Christians from the onslaught of evolution teaching and the anti-Christ dogma that accompanies society. It will help families raise godly children today. It may even help an evolutionist see the error of their ways. I highly recommend [...].|
Believe it or not; there is an answer to the question; "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" The answer is found right in the first chapter of Genesis
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