Ken Ham has taken to the blogosphere fretting that The Atheists are going after the children. (Please! Won’t someone think of the children?! *clutches pearls*)
In recent weeks I’ve been writing blogs and Facebook posts about a new atheist website that is targeting children. Interestingly, the launch of a new anti-God website that’s seeking to capture kids for atheism coincided with the release of AiG’s new ministry theme for the next two years: “Standing Our Ground, Rescuing Our Kids” (Galatians 1:4).
As a former child myself, I am vaguely offended by the term “capture.” I mean, the “atheist site” (which launched back in November) isn’t playing Hungry Hungry Hippos with kids. It’s just presenting some ideas about science and morality without a religious slant. If I remember correctly, and I’m pretty sure I do, it is certain church groups that are physically kidnapping kids.
Anyway, Ham thinks The Atheists are ruining the pure little children! What else is new?
Oh, yeah. He thinks that fellow knob weasel Pat Robertson is also destroying kids’ souls. Which is probably the first time the 700 Club host and I have ever been lumped into the same category about anything.
Ham takes issue with Robertson over the age of the earth because a woman once emailed Robertson for advice when her kids started to ask how the age of dinosaurs was compatible with the Bible’s assertion of an Earth that’s only a few thousand years old:
They tell me if the Bible is truth, then I should be able to reasonably explain the existence of dinosaurs. This is just one of the many things they question. Even my husband is agreeing with them. How do I explain things to them that the Bible doesn’t cover? I am so afraid that they are walking away from God. My biggest fear is not to have my children and husband next to me in God’s Kingdom.
Wow. What a wonderful religion this woman has that leaves her afraid that the people she loves most are going to burn forever in hellfire.
Anyway, it’s a fair question. Even if you believe the Bible offers literal truth, there is a lot of stuff it misses. Like the Internet and Pluto and platypuses.
In this woman’s case, it’s dinosaurs.
Anyway, if you don’t believe the Bible is the direct word of God and you don’t believe it holds all of the information you ever wanted to know about everything, it’s easy to point out why those things were missing: People didn’t know about those things at the time the Bible was written.
To Robertson’s credit (as much as I hate saying that), this was his response:
Look, I know people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop Ussher, God bless him, wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t. And you go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating. You got all these things and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas… They’re out there and so, there was a time when these giant reptiles were on the Earth and it was before the time of the Bible. So, don’t try to cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible… If you fight real science, you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling it the way it was.
My goodness, Ham was not happy with this response.
He pretty much blames Robertson for the mass exodus from Christianity that has been apparent over the last few decades. He also accuses of Robertson of mocking Young Earth Creationists and, amusingly, of not understanding the science of carbon dating.
I mean, he is correct that radiocarbon dating only can date things back for tens of thousands of years, but hearing him accusing someone of bad science views is like a Scientologist accusing me of being in a cult. (Or a dog teaching me how to use thumbs. Or a KKK member teaching me tolerance. The possibilities are endless here, guys!)
One of the major reasons for the exodus we discovered in our research was that young people saw such biblical compromise (the kind seen with Pat Robertson) as hypocrisy. On the one hand this shepherd tells people to believe the Bible, but on the other he tells them they shouldn’t believe Genesis as written. Instead, he argues that our children should believe what the atheists and other anti-God secularists say about earth history.
Well, you know the secularists are more likely to be correct about things like history and science than those who believe the Bible is literally true. I would argue that teaching young people that the Bible is compatible with the actual physical world around them might keep them on your team longer.
So yes, Ken Ham, by all means, keep on doing what you’re doing.