Kent Hovind Teaches World History

Kent Hovind’s PhD thesis is circulating again, thanks to wikileaks and blogs like Leaving Fundamentalism. This thesis for a doctorate in Philosophy of Christian Education was submitted to Dr. Wayne Knight of Patriot Bible University, pictured right.

It’s bad.

Oy.

Folks like Adam Benton have been picking out favorite quotes. It’s hard to know where to stop with a thesis that begins “Hello, my name is Kent Hovind. I am a creation/science evangelist. I live in Pensacola, Florida.”

What’s interesting is that Hovind seems to believe that evolution has always been with us. It’s basically a religion, started by Satan – literally – that has spread around the world and influenced nearly all non-monotheistic religions. I think he gets this from Henry Morris’ The Long War Against God, which basically makes that claim. Anyway, as evidence – or just to fill pages – Hovind goes through world history and world religion to classify ideas as godly or evolutionary.

And of course the whole thing is written like Hovind was talking to school children. We get sections like this: “Aristotle was the tutor to a man named Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great was the leader of the Greek Empire of the Third Century B.C. He spread the teachings of Aristotle all around his empire.”

Can you say “Hellenization” boys and girls? Good, have a candy.

Or consider this section:

The five major Eastern religions that developed during this time were Hinduism, Confucianism, Zoroasterism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Because of the atheistic and pantheistic philosophies of these religions, and the lack of importance placed on God, the entrance of communism into these countries was very simple. When the evolutionary doctrine was taught in these countries, the people did not have to change their religion in order to include it. Evolution and communism blended in fine with the Eastern religions. In about 1895, a man named Yen Fu translated Thomas Huxley’s book into Chinese. That was probably the turning point in China. It led the way for communism to take over so many of the oriental countries.

It’s just fractally wrong.

  • Igor

    Could replace “My Pet Goat” in the Bush Li-berry.

  • WillBell

    “The Greek Empire” lol

    Anyways wow, just wow, especially funny is his description of Zoroastrianism (which he spells wrong) as being atheistic/pantheistic when it is monotheistic and basically an early version of judaism.

  • Revyloution

    Someone should rewrite his entire dissertation in crayon, that would make it much more readable.

    Also
    Someone please kill the spammers in the forum. I didn’t always post, but I did read often. I miss it.

    • Spuddie

      I wonder if this is going to lead to a rumble with Wallbuilders. Horning in on the action of other liars about history.

  • Michael

    The five major Eastern religions that developed during this time were
    Hinduism, Confucianism, Zoroasterism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

    Hinduism isn’t Eastern, Confucianism isn’t a religion, “Zoroasterism” is misspelled, Buddhism and Taosim are not mutually exclusive, and all five of these developed at completely different times.

    Because of the atheistic and pantheistic philosophies of these
    religions, and the lack of importance placed on God, the entrance of
    communism into these countries was very simple.

    None of the aforementioned philosophies are explicitly atheistic (though three are at least compatible with atheism); none are pantheistic; two (Hinduism and Zoroastrianism) place a huge importance on gods, the latter being monotheistic; and Communism did not exist until thousands of years after their origins, was never present in India, and Maoists killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Buddhists.

    And so on for literally every sentence. “Fractally wrong” is right. It’s like Hovind was trying to see how much bullshit he could get away with in his “thesis.”

  • Spuddie

    Fundamentalist Christians already have a liar for Christ when it comes to history. David Barton. It looks like Ken is trying to muscle in on the turf of one of his own group.

  • mikespeir

    Oh, my gosh, this is just stupid! Take people like Heraclitus and Plato (teacher of Aristotle) out of history and there wouldn’t be a Christianity!

  • http://profiles.google.com/fablesto Nathan DeHoff

    Don’t forget that he thinks Jupiter has rocks.

  • http://accidental-historian.typepad.com/ Geds

    That was probably the turning point in China. It led the way for communism to take over so many of the oriental countries.

    Well, crap. And here I thought that it was more the result of a century of somewhat impotent anger at predatory Western intrusion into systems that were either ill-equipped to deal with it or at a point where the leaders were over-leveraged in other directions and simply couldn’t compete with European attempts take advantage of the situation for fun and profit. And then Trotsky and the COMINTERN showed up and said, “Hey, you want guns and technical advisors and MiGs and stuff?”

    But, y’know, that’s a lot more complicated and requires actual historical knowledge. So it’s probably wrong, since we all know that history is simple and doesn’t require any context or knowledge of extenuating circumstances.


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