A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis

A Hebrew Grammarian’s Real Answers in Genesis August 17, 2013

Robert Holmstedt normally blogs about Hebrew grammar. But the nonsense Answers in Genesis spouts about the Bible and not just science has irked him enough to comment. Here’s a taste of what he wrote in a recent blog post:

If a person’s view of the authority rests on reading Genesis scientifically and so his or her faith crashes against the wall of science, the teachers and preachers that taught that poor person in the first place will answer to God for misleading others.

Click through to read the rest. His conclusion that Terry Mortenson’s failure to engage his points about Hebrew grammar is because Mortenson cannot do so is right on target, and meshes with my own experience.

Of related interest, see the recent discussion of creationism in the New York TimesAlice Linsley’s case that young-earth creationism is unbiblical, and Scott Bailey, Gavin Rumney, and Jim Kidder on a young-earth creationist who says that dragons lived in Biblical times. Here’s the video:

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  • John Pieret

    Very funny. Mortenson sprays around arguments from authority like a loose firehose but, of course, rejects the authority of the vast, vast majority of scientists. Why it’s almost like he doesn’t care how truthful or accurate an argument is as long as it comports with his preconceived beliefs.

  • newenglandsun

    While it’s interesting to ask about dragons, it should be a better question to ask what the Hebrew writers originally meant by dragons. Kind of like Behemoth and Leviathan. We talk about them but state that they were probably an elephant and an alligator. So perhaps the Hebrews had a slightly different perspective than what we think of when he hear the word “dragon”. Maybe they’re talking about demons in a supernatural world, or maybe are using the word as a metaphor to symbolize their enemies. I know a lot would agree that the dragon adversary in Revelation is Rome.

  • Hello James, this kind of helps dispelling the atheist myth that YEC interpret the Bible perfectly correctly, and that they are the most pious followers of Christ out there :=)

    Lovely greetings from Germany.
    Liebe Grüsse aus Deutschland.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • Robert Holmstedt


    Thanks for the mention.

    Where do you get this stuff?? So what if God compared Satan to a make-believe creature? The dark stuff of dreams and children’s stories is often more frightening than anything in real life. I’d say it would be an effective comparison. But this fellow (Derek somebody) is implying that a comparison between entity X and make-believe entity Y necessarily means entity X is not real? What the … how it that logical? So, if I compare the author of that silly book to Homer Simpson, will Derek cease to exist?

    I’m glad it’s you that continues to post on these issues. After watching that video, my stomach is so upset I’m not sure I’ll enjoy our pizza tonight.

  • Jim West

    great stuff james, thanks for making us aware of it