Christianity Johnson on 23 Sep 2008 12:01 am
This page was published on Roger Ebert’s blog on the Chicago Sun-Times web site. Yes, THAT Roger Ebert – the famous film critic:
It is a brilliant summary of Young-Earth Creationist beliefs:
- The planet is only 6,000 to 10,000 years old
- All oil and coal come from the “great flood” 4,000 years ago.
- Cro-Magnon Man and Neanderthal Man were “Created at the same time as man.” Killed in the flood or through other causes.
- Within the last 6,000 years there was a single “ice epoch”. (Meaning that the ice cores from Antarctica that go back tens of thousands of years must be fake).
- Dinosaurs “walked the earth at the same time as man, but were wiped out by the Flood, whose turbulence buried their bones in non-sequential sediments.” (Why didn’t they ride on the ark with all the other animals?) (why aren’t there human bones, elephant bones, etc. scattered amongst the dinosaur bones, since they all died at the same time?)
- The great flood and the ice epoch carved the Grand Canyon. It is only 4,000 years old.
- The great flood lasted, “40, 150, 253, 314 or 370 days” (the Bible is unclear), occurred 4,400 years ago, and God then “hasted away” the water that covered all the mountains on earth. Strangely, these flood waters did not touch many parts of the earth, because there is no evidence of a flood. Also interesting: “The Arc contained eight people, from whom we are all descended. It also contained two of each kind of animal.” All people and civilizations on earth apparently descended from the 8 people on the ark, including the Chinese, the Aztecs, the American Indians, Africans and the Europeans. Yet there is no DNA evidence of such.
- Evolution is wrong: “Living species were obviously not created through an evolutionary process, every surviving land-based mammal species (about 5,400) had both ancestors on the Arc.” No DNA evidence of this either, since it would lead to massive inbreeding and disease.
Is this article a huge piece of satire? Or does Ebert, like tens of millions of Americans (60% of American adults according to polls), actually believe this? In order to believe it, he must also believe that millions of scientists and dozens of scientific disciplines are completely wrong on a thousand fronts. All fossil dating is wrong. All astronomers and astrophysicists are wrong about the age of the universe. Biologists are wrong about DNA. Earth scientists are wrong when they date things like Mt. Everest, the Grand Canyon, and the ice sheets. Scientists studying the age of the human species and its spread around the world are wrong. Any scientist with evidence about evolution is wrong. Et Cetera.
How can anyone believe this nonsense?
If scientists are deluded and wrong in so many ways, how can they possibly create things like the Large Hadron Collider?