Ken Ham may have gone from religious lunatic to paranoid lunatic in the matter of a millisecond. Ham has a post on his blog this weekend attacking Bill Nye’s new book Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World in which he wonders what the real meaning of the book is.
That’s right, Ham hasn’t actually read the book, but he thinks he has it all figured out.
“I think the title of the book should be, It’s Stoppable: The Harnessing of the Religion of Naturalism That’s Changing the World. The more you read what Bill Nye is saying, the more you should realize he is on a mission to brainwash generations of kids in the religion of naturalism—which in reality is atheism,” Ham writes.
How could he know this when he has not even read the book? He does wonder, however, ‘if my name is mentioned in the book somewhere as one of those supposed “anti-science, climate change deniers’ he talks about.”
Why would his name be mentioned? Paranoid, or just desperate for Nye’s attention?
This is the publisher’s description of Nye’s new book:
With a scientist’s thirst for knowledge and an engineer’s vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today’s environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming.
You will notice that religion is not mentioned once. It is simply a book debunking the anti-science claims that climate change is a myth. Again, note that religion is never mentioned. Ever.So when Ken Ham reads that description, what does he see? An attack on creationists. Claiming that Nye is wrong about creationists and that they do accept climate change.
Now, Nye has often wrongly claimed that creationists don’t believe in climate change, but we do—climates change. Anyone can see and experience that. But what you believe about the nature and severity of climate change and how it happens is determined by your worldview. If you start with man’s idea that climates have existed for millions of years and have remained stable since the last ice age, over 10,000 years ago, then a change in the climate is cause for concern and is likely man-made. But since we start with the true history provided in God’s Word we get an entirely different view of climate change.
Wait, so Ham does deny climate change? He just claims he doesn’t because he redefines it to fit his creation myth.
But the whole point is mute because the book is not about creationism, but Ham knows that mentioning Bill Nye is big press for him and it is money he desperately needs for the flailing Ark Encounter project.
It is worth mentioning that Ham says creationists do care about the planet and feel they have a duty to care for it, but he cannot do so without making an unnecessary attack on scientists who care about the planet as well.
Because we have a responsibility from God, Christians should care about Earth. Evolutionists, however, are inconsistent when they urge others to care for Earth. After all, according to evolutionary ideas, evolution progresses by survival of the fittest. By this philosophy, if other species are not as fit, then why should we be working to try to protect and save them? Why not eliminate the competition so that evolution could progress? And if we are just animals, as evolution teaches, then why should we even care for the environment? Other animals don’t worry about protecting other species or the environment, so why should we? So, really, it’s creationists, who believe God created the Earth and gave us dominion over it, along with the responsibility to be good stewards, that have a rationale for caring for the environment, not evolutionists.
Have fun saving the world with prayers and tearing down forests to build giant boats no one is going to visit. If that’s the creationists plan to save the world, I am sticking with science.
[Image: Bill Nye debate Ken Ham / YouTube screen capture]