Adam and Eve on Dinosaurs

Date 2010/5/21 15:22:02 | Topic: The Editor's Column

Last night, my wife and I were watching some of our shows on DVR when the cable box malfunctioned and dumped us onto a channel where some people were having a conversation in front of some dinosaur fossil skeletons. I’m not sure why I lingered there long enough to hear what they were saying, but it could have been that I was debating whether to turn off the TV or fight with the DVR to watch one last show.

At any rate, I’m glad I lingered because it quickly became apparent that I was watching the most ridiculous thing I’d ever seen, possibly including such titles as “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Dude, Where’s My Car”. The program turned out to be some of these so-called “creation science” advocates, who were using very twisted “logic” to arrive at the conclusion that man and dinosaurs co-existed.
Now let me say for the record that I consider myself a person of faith. I’ve been saved and baptized in a Southern Baptist church, and was Baptist until well after I married my Catholic wife. Our faith has evolved considerably since then, but I am still sensitive to attacks on matters of faith. As tolerant as I am of the varying points of view, there is a limit to what can be defended as faith in the face of evidence to the contrary.

My wife and I were captivated, because although we’ve been somewhat watching the ongoing idiocy with the State Board of Education, we’ve never actually heard these ignorant theologists make their case (or perhaps I should say “pitch”).

I’ll see if I can distill their “proof” down into something more easily digestible:

• The Bible says the wages of sin are death
• There was no sin before Adam and Eve
• Therefore, there was no death of any sort before Adam and Eve
• Therefore, no creatures could have been extinct before mankind, because extinction requires death.
• Therefore, dinosaurs co-existed with mankind for a time.

Furthermore:
• Dinosaurs were most likely killed by or in the aftermath of the Great Flood. (No mention why Noah didn’t put them in the ark)
• All creatures were herbivores in the beginning
• Moses wrote Genesis, and also predicted Jesus. If you disagree with their view of Genesis, then you reject Moses, and therefore reject Jesus.

It was utterly fascinating to hear these Dallas-based ministers build upon their meme, rejecting hundreds of years of sound science in favor of a carefully crafted selection of Bible verses construed to reconcile the world around us with their belief that the Bible is literally infallible in every word.

In their zeal to promote their world view that God is under attack by “liberal academia”, they totally miss the concept that our Creator gave us our senses and our sensibility to discover and make sense of the Creation. To know the creation is to know the Creator. I’ve never had a problem reconciling true science and true faith, but it seems that these folks were convinced that legitimate science is some sort of ploy.

So, it turns out that these ministers had worked together to create a curriculum to teach children this fantasy version of science, and wouldn’t you know, there was a pitch to all good Christian parents to immediately go buy this for your kids. Science teachers in both public and private schools were also implored to obtain a copy of this “true” version of science to counter the heathen version. We can’t after all allow our children to be corrupted by the factyness of mainstream science, if there’s a scintilla of a chance that it will cause them to question the infallibility of a thousands of years old collection of verbal history.

But wait, there’s more. You see, it turns out that this “ministry” also wants to help you earn some money. That’s right, you too can become a distributor of this educational curriculum, and no experience or education is required. My jaw is hyper-extended at this point, and my wife and I just look at each other agape. Just when we thought they could not have any less credibility, they threw in a multilevel marketing pitch.

Honestly, I think it’s a shame that the Christian faith in America has allowed this kind of shyster to become almost mainstream. It’s as if a certain gullibility has taken hold of what remains of certain evangelical denominations. From time to time, we hear of a church where members have been scammed in some way or another, because someone has come along with some scheme that is vaguely connected or justifiable in some way by a biblical interpretation.

In my opinion, if you want the answers to questions like “What is my purpose in life?” or “How should I live in harmony with my fellow man?” or “How can I find peace?”, turn to the religion of your choice. I think reading the actual words of Jesus is a fairly good starting point. But if you want to answer questions like “Where did we come from?”, or “How old is this fossil?” or “Where are we likely to find oil?” or “What is happening to our climate?” you should turn to actual science for the best answers.

With this post, you may consider me to be ridiculing the faith of some. That may be true in this case, but please consider that it is impossible to ridicule something that is not ridiculous.



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