To: All Msg #18, Jul3093 05:43PM Subject: Re: The problems of creationism (longish) Creati
From: Sami Kukkonen
To: All Msg #18, Jul-30-93 05:43PM
Subject: Re: The problems of creationism (longish)
Organization: Helsinki University of Technology
From: email@example.com (Sami Kukkonen)
>Creationism (by and large) is filled with factual and scientific errors
Somebody has probably made this point several times during
this thread, but I'll give it a go anyway...
If creationism includes a belief that a deity created the
world "finished" X years ago, this is essentially Last Thursdayism.
LT cannot be scientifically proved, so our friendly creationist
could happily believe in LT and never bother anyone.
For some reason our friendly creationist isn't happy with this,
(s)he wants proof to back up the belief. Because creation itself
cannot be proved (nor disproved), something else is needed.
Well, the Bible is sometimes enough to convert unbelievers. But
our friendly creationist wants more, something with which to
convince people who don't care for the Bible that much. A
scientific theory with scientific proof would do it. Alas,
the core of creationism has this LT belief which can never be
proposed as a scientific theory.
Our friendly creationist has a big dilemma now. How can (s)he
create an aura of science around a belief that is most un-
scientific? What if (s)he attacked the most popular scientific
theory that touches creationistic issues, maybe some of the
science glamour would rub off?
So, our friendly creationist starts criticizing evolution.
It sounds cool, (s)he gets to use fancy words like "micro-
evolution" and "macroevolution"...maybe even "punctuated
equilibrium". But there are problems.
The theory of evolution is too damned good to be dismissed easily.
You need to know a lot to be able to criticize it in a sensible
manner. Learning new things is a pain, maybe there is an easier
way. And there is one: using misquotations, selective memory,
ad hominems, gross generalizations, emotional arguments and
biblical quotes. But this is where our friendly creationist turns
An unfriendly creationist is also profoundly unscientific, so
the quest for scientific aura fails. Unfortunately this seems
to be the road of choice for many creationists.
However, let's assume our friendly creationist stays friendly.
Furthermore, with an incredible feat of scientific genius
(s)he manages to disprove the current flavor of evolution.
Lots of rejoicing and self-back-patting follows.
Unfortunately this fine effort is wasted, (s)he never realized
that disproving a scientific theory will NOT prove a religious
belief to be true. If it did, it would also make true my firm
belief that Great Pumpkin created the universe 3 seconds ago.
And that is certainly not what our friendly creationist wanted
So...I see no way out of the creationist's dilemma. (S)he
has no way of turning a religious belief into science. But
if someone knows a way out, please let me know.
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