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02 July 2010

Science! It must be - Bob Jones says so!


Thanks to the inestimable PZ Myers, my attention has been drawn to a "science" text book for children published by Bob Jones University in the US. Have a browse through the sample chapter and the "Look inside" pages. It does make you despair for the lost generation of American kids who are undergoing the systematic decerebration of Christian Homeschooling. But it makes you despair even more to think that an *adult* put this crap together in the belief (unsupported by evidence) that they were creating a book that was worthy to have the word "Science" in its title.

And it also says something about the integrity of the whole crazy institution that saw fit to grant Mr Ian RK Paisley an honorary "PhD", as if enough had not been said.

THIS is why it is important to tackle creationism. Richard Dawkins is absolutely right - this is the intellectual abuse of children.

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  1. Many thanks to you folks tackling these guys!

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  2. Unfortunately there is no other choice. My dear old dad tells me to let it go - that it doesn't matter, but that simply is not the case. This sort of thing *does* matter, and the parlous state of middle eastern theocracies bear witness to what happens when a bunch of religious nutjobs get too much power.

    As indeed does the record of certain DUP ministers in the government of Northern Ireland. Nelson McCausland, that means you.

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  3. As a creationist (I think), this makes me feel utterly ashamed and annoyed. Come on, we can do better and more scientific arguments than that for our cause!

    However, "the parlous state of middle eastern theocracies bear witness to what happens when a bunch of religious nutjobs get too much power" could equally be repeated for the state of former and current communist and atheistic states, so we religious sorts don't have the monopoly on nutjobs with too much power. :-)

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  4. That is really awful. What exactly are children meant to learn from that? They have used a completely random figure without explaining where they got it from to justify their position in the face of overwhelming evidence against it! Do they really think people are that stupid? (maybe don't answer that!)
    They should all read some Richard Dawkins - I am reading the Ancestor's Tale at the minute and it is an eye opener.

    Valerie

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  5. That is really awful. What exactly are children meant to learn from that? They have used a completely random figure without explaining where they got it from to justify their position in the face of overwhelming evidence against it! Do they really think people are that stupid? (maybe don't answer that!)
    They should all read some Richard Dawkins - I am reading the Ancestor's Tale at the minute and it is an eye opener.

    Valerie

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  6. Hi folks, and welcome to the fun, Kerrie (thanks for coming back). It really is an appalling example of disinformation, yet it is being used to indoctrinate poor wee kiddies.

    To my mind there are several things that need to be made very clear to creationists - one is that the universe is old. Very old. ALL the creationist pretences to the contrary are based on misrepresentation or outright falsehood We have numerous overlapping and interlocking lines of evidence that utterly destroy the creationist assertion that the universe is only a few thousand years old.

    The other central point is that all living things are related. Again, this is very very clear, and supported by numerous independent lines of evidence. A hypothesis of "independent creation" is directly refuted by genetic, anatomical, biochemical and fossil evidence.

    I do think it is important for Christians to step away from the nonsense of creationism, which is why I linked to Ron Elsdon below. Most mainstream Christians now do not hold to creationism, nor even biblical inerrancy.

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