Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

September 16, 2009

The Only Show On Earth: The Evidence for Creation

Filed under: books, humor, religion, science — Tags: , , , — codesmithy @ 10:26 am

John Crace produced a piece of satire of Richard Dawkins’ new book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.  The good professor complained in the comments that he thought it was off the mark.  Crace didn’t really capture Dawkin’s flavor.  So, I decided to give it a go.  I used an excerpt from “The Times” as the basis. It probably follows the original too closely, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to defend myself from charges of plagirism, but hopefully it hits the mark of a hypothetical bizarro-Dawkins, who I’ve named Dick Rowlings.

Quick, Hide the Children!  The Evolutionists are Coming!

An excerpt from The Only Show On Earth: The Evidence for Creation by Jesus’ Chaplain Dick Rowlings

Imagine that you are a Sunday School teacher eager to impart your knowledge of the Bible into young children. Now, the Bible is a very long book and it takes repetition, repetition and more repetition before those young ones will stop asking silly questions and just accept what they are being told. Yet you find your time continually preyed upon by a baying pack of mis-educated young children who insist that we share a common ancestor with all living creatures. Therefore there was no Adam and Eve as it is written in Genesis, and therefore there was no original sin.

Instead of devoting your full attention to explaining how God gave us rainbows as a sign that He would never flood the whole world again, you are forced to divert your time and energy to a rearguard defense of the propositions that God exists and the foundational doctrines of the church! A proposition that would make you weep like a statue of Mary if you weren’t so busy repeating: the Bible is true, because it is the word of God, because it says so!

Fashionably, liberal Christians chime in to insist that the story of the flood and creation are just allegory. Good thing they aren’t real Christians, because this is a slippery-slope. Once you accept the fact some of the Bible might not be true, you start questioning every part. It is no longer good enough to say the Bible is true, because it is the word of God, because it says so! You would need evidence independent of God’s word in order to decide the question, which is just silly because what better evidence could you have than God’s word?

The plight of many religious teachers is no less dire. When they attempt to impart the central and guiding principles of faith, they are harassed with unending questions and constantly admonished for their answers, as if God’s own words were not good enough. It is a sad state of affairs to have one’s time wasted with smirks and folded arms of obviously misdirected children. It is requires many discussions with the children’s parents before they will start to display the proper attitude (I find threatening to take away their Christmas presents to be particularly effective in adjusting children’s attitudes, Jesus is the reason for the season after all).

It is frequently, and correctly, said by many prominent scientists and engineers that science, in principle, has nothing to say about religion. Steven Jay Gould, an atheist and biologist, promoted “non-overlapping magisteria” which is another way of saying that science is a trade, and that is all it is, a trade. We can look at the scientists themselves for proof of this, always pointing out how studying E. Coli bacteria will allow us to create new drugs for fighting  drug resistant bacteria that spontaneously came into existence (I suspect this is part of God’s plan to keep the scientists employed.  Isn‘t He so thoughtful?).

Science may show us how to build a better mouse-trap, with the help of a little divine inspiration of course, but science tells us nothing about the universe we inhabit or helps us understand where we came from or where we are going. For that, we need the Bible. Thinking that science reveals any truth about the nature of our existence is “scientism” which is obviously a wrongheaded philosophy because it doesn’t accept the authority of the Bible, God‘s own words!

The Only Show on Earth is about the positive evidence for creation. The Bible already provides 100% certainty that we were specially created in God’s own image. But, I will provide additional evidence that makes us at least 1,000,000% sure.

We are like detectives who come on the scene after a crime has been committed. The murderer’s actions have vanished into the past. This is exactly why the only reliable evidence we will have is written eyewitness testimony of the being who was actually there: God. This is not intended as an anti-atheist book. I’ve done that, it’s another very tall hat and slightly different collar. Although, I’m happy to say “Those Deluded Atheists” has apparently become a little bit of an international best-seller with brisk sales in Turkey.

By the end of this book you will see that creation is an inescapable fact, and we should praise God’s astonishing power. Hallelujah! God created everything within us, around us, between us, and his works are present in the flowers, the clouds and especially rainbows (for more about rainbows see my book “God Gave Us Rainbows, The End.”) Given that, none of us were around when God created everything, we shall revisit the metaphor of the detective having to blindly rely on eyewitness testimony. We all know that there is no more reliable and trustworthy source of evidence than eyewitness testimony, but it is better than that. It is the eyewitness testimony of the most honest, intelligent, loving and interesting being you could possibly wish to meet, and someday, some of us will. I will also show how we can use this testimony to integrate other facts that some atheistic evolutionists claim refute creation such as, the similarities of DNA code that fall neatly into a family tree. Well thanks to the eyewitness testimony we know that this is actually proof of God reusing the same designs, isn‘t He so smart? Vestigial organs, we know these serve purposes in the body, such as the newly discovered ability of the appendix to help fight infection.  A truth real Christians knew before those scientists with their microscopes could figure it out.  Fossils?  The result of the flood. The list goes on and on. In short, you won’t put down this book doubting creation, because if you do, you are calling God a liar!

Did I say 1,000,000% certain? More like 10,000,000%.

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5 Comments »

  1. Ten million percent, huh? Possible only in a world of faith I guess

    Comment by davis — September 16, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  2. “Thinking that science reveals any truth about the nature of our existence is “scientism” which is obviously a wrongheaded philosophy because it doesn’t accept the authority of the Bible, God‘s own words!”

    Understanding that this is satire and hyperbole, it is still an unfair and gross mischaracterization of a large portion of mainstream Christianity. But, it IS effective in attempting to paint creationists as blind-faith rubes or frothing Luddites, thus relieving you of the obligation to evaluate their theories with any kind of an open mind.

    Handy, that.

    Comment by Steve B — September 19, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    • I apologize. I was away for a bit and unable to access WordPress, so it took a while to approve your comment. I’m back now, though.

      Understanding that this is satire and hyperbole, it is still an unfair and
      gross mischaracterization of a large portion of mainstream Christianity.

      Polls I’ve seen state that approximately 40% of American believe in evolution, and belief in evolution drops to 24% among frequent church attenders.

      http://www.gallup.com/poll/114544/darwin-birthday-believe-evolution.aspx

      As for creationism:
      44% of people in 2008 believe that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,00 years or so.

      http://www.gallup.com/poll/21814/Evolution-Creationism-Intelligent-Design.aspx

      And this seems to be a relatively steady trend.

      I don’t know how you define mainstream, but creationism certainly isn’t fringe.

      But, it IS effective in attempting to paint creationists as blind-faith rubes or frothing Luddites, thus relieving you of the obligation to evaluate their theories with any kind of an open mind.

      Give me a break. The first thing anyone with no evidence to back up their claims accuses a skeptic of is not being open minded enough. Tim Minchin wrote a song addressing this issue called “If You Open Your Mind Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out (Take My Wife)”

      When a creationist (or Intelligent Design proponent, “The He Who Must Not Be Named“ version of creationism) can point to one gene in nature that shows evidence of non-evolutionary origin, then it can start to be taken seriously.

      The reason proponents are unwilling to so should be obvious to anyone who watches this video.

      In sum, evolution is true in the same way the theory of gravity is true. Anyone who says that it isn’t is deluded. Anyone who is not sure is ignorant. Creationism isn’t something to debate, it is something to be ridiculed because it isn’t a serious proposition to begin with. I offer no apologies for treating it with disdain. If you honestly believe the only possible reason I could reject and mock it is because I didn’t evaluate the conjectures it offers with an open mind, you’ve been indoctrinated. While I appreciate the irony of an indoctrinated individual complaining about my lack of an open mind, I also think you should look in the mirror (that is a metaphor).

      Comment by codesmithy — September 24, 2009 @ 2:58 am

  3. Thanks, useful material. Has added your blog in bookmarks.

    Comment by keval — November 30, 2009 @ 12:26 am

  4. Hi. In all it there are more than questions, than answers.

    Comment by John — February 8, 2010 @ 9:02 am


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