Creationists, Including Joseph Farah, Don’t Like the Cosmos Reboot

Posted: April 11, 2014 in religion, science
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Surprise surprise, I know. You’re shock-ed (pronounced “SHOCK-ed” — two syllables). Joseph Farah published a column on March 13, 2014, that had a rant underneath a non sequitur of a title: “Meet Obama’s Favorite Astrophysicist.” The article actually has nothing to do with President Obama, but it, instead, is all about how Farah thinks that the Cosmos re-boot, staring Neil deGrasse Tyson (middle name mandatory), is, well, too gosh darn sciencey. Not enough religion!

Let’s look at a few of his complaints:

  • [It spews] the same old discredited junk science designed to discredit the Bible’s account of creation
  • The show includes a “Cosmic Calendar,” which asserts the scientifically unprovable notion that the history of the universe spans 13.8 billion years.
  • It promotes the unscientific nonsense of climate change and neo-Darwinism.
  • It deliberately and consciously undermines the possibility that God actually created the universe and made man in His own image, as the Bible records.
  • Tyson made this statement, which would be a surprise to scientists from Isaac Newton to George Washington Carver: “If you start using your scripture, your religious text as a source of your science, that’s where you run into problems. There is no example of someone reading their scripture and saying ‘I have a prediction about the world that no one knows yet because this gave me insight. Let’s go test this prediction and have that theory turn out to be correct.’”

Mr. Farah, how do you really feel?

Cosmos was met in general by the young-Earth creationist community with them demanding “equal time.” Yeah, as soon as I get equal time in your church on Sunday.

I’m not even quite sure why I’m devoting a blog post to this. Anyone who reads WND or has followed this blog knows that Farah is a YEC. This is just more YEC “wah!!!”-ing and shaking of their tiny fists as science yawns, rolls over, and crushes them.

As with most of Farah’s columns, however, this one was not met well by the WND readership, where many of the 202 comments are against him. The top-rated is by “DiffDrummer” who is a dualist: “There are many people who believe in God and science. One of God’s greatest gifts to mankind is the ability to reason. Science reinforces my belief in God.”

As is “sirpaulj7”: “Mr. Farah and so many bible-believing Christians are anti-science, and view it as somehow in opposition to God. But I see science as an AFFIRMATION of God’s existence, and shows like Cosmos leave me even more in awe than I was before.”

“TBP100” rounds out the top-five-rated comments with this: “Over the last 200 years or so, literally millions of scientists, in dozens of different disciplines and subdisciplines, from all over the world, representing every major religion and no religion, have conducted millions of experiments, unearthed millions of pieces of data, and made millions of observations. Without exception, every single one of these experiments, points of data, and observations confirm the idea that the earth is billions of years old, that the universe is even older, and support evolution as the best explanation for the diversity of life on earth. These conclusions have withstood literally millions of challenges over a couple of centuries without a mark on them. I suppose it’s possible that the scientists are all wrong, and that a handful of people lacking any serious training in the sciences at all, and who base their conclusions not on science but on a collection of haphazardly preserved, suspiciously translated ancient texts are right, but somehow I doubt it.”

And, in reply, I think “TheDukeOfHighwayJ” responds tongue-in-cheek in a way that those of us who’ve fought this battle know that YECs mean, somehow, seriously:

” I suppose it’s possible that the scientists are all wrong, and that a handful of people lacking any serious training in the sciences at all, and who base their conclusions not on science but on a collection of haphazardly preserved, suspiciously translated ancient texts are right ….”

HA! So you ADMIT its possible!!!

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