The Palookas of Biblical Creationism

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This week Biblical Creationism was officially banned from being taught in the UK.
Personally, I don’t think this was a good idea. Not because I think that Creationism is a valid scientific theory, but because of just the opposite.
I believe that when you ban things, regardless of what it is, you create more interest in it, not less. Banning things almost legitimizes them in a way.|
The best thing that could ever happen to my blog is to have someone ban it. People would seek it out just to see what someone didn’t want them to know.
The only real way to deal with disinformation or misinformation is to hold it up and point out the ridiculousness of it every time someone tries to bring it to the light.

I have gone online and read articles, some rather lengthy, from Biblical Creationists who claim that evolution is impossible and they can prove it. Some claim to be able to do it in 10 steps, some in three, some by not even referencing the Bible at all. Some even claim to be written by former evolutionary biologists who claim that they just couldn’t lie to the people anymore. But each one, without fail, showed me that they didn’t really understand what evolution actually is. This includes the papers written by supposedly evolutionary biologists.

What this showed me was what I already knew about people. Most people don’t seek truth. What they really seek is affirmation of whatever it is that they already believe. These Creationist didn’t have the time to learn what evolution is, but yet spent time writing entire blogs to discredit it. Really? What does that tell you? I can only assume the reason they never took the time to understand evolution was because they feared that if they actually learned what evolution is it would make sense and that wasn’t something they were willing to risk. So instead they chose to remain ignorant and write blogs and publish papers tearing down a disreputable version of evolution for an audience that just wants their existing beliefs affirmed.

Even if God created everything that exists as it is described in the Book of Genesis, the life forms he created 4.5 billion years ago would scarcely resembled the life forms that are here today.
The Biblical account of Creation in my opinion goes wrong as soon as it says:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

That’s the very first sentence in the Book of Genesis.
The universe is 14.7 billion years old.
The Earth is only 4.5 billion years old.
The Earth most certainly wasn’t created in “the beginning”.

And as for the Earth, or any planet for that matter, it isn’t something that requires a creative intelligence to be created.
In space particles clump together in a process called accretion. New planets are being formed literally every moment of every single day from the left over dust and debris after a star ignites nuclear fusion. If you want a planet, all you need is a cloud of dust and gas, gravity and patience, and the laws of physics will do the rest automatically.

Next the Biblical Account of creation says that God said, “Let there be light!”

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Well there are two problems with that. The first is that the light he is referring to comes from the Sun, which is a star. If you want a star, all you need is hydrogen and gravity. Give enough time and gravity will do it for you.

Again, a creative intelligence is unnecessary. Stars are literally being created every moment of every single day somewhere in the universe by the natural laws of physics without any intervention from a creative intelligence.

The second problem is where did all the stuff come from that God used to make the Earth?
Whomever wrote this got the order in reverse.
Stars create all of the building blocks for everything that exists, including the gas and dust that the planets are formed from after a star ignites. The first stars didn’t have planets around them because they hadn’t yet created the materials that planets are made of.

A good editor would’ve reversed those verses.

Then it says God divided light from the darkness.
Darkness is the absence of light. The division of the two is again, unnecessary.
It’s like saying that God created shadow. A shadow is what is cast against a surface when something opaque is placed between a surface and the source of light.

What the Biblical Account of Creation does is try to give credit to God for creating things that the laws of physics do automatically without divine intervention. Either
1) God knew this and he is taking credit for things he never did,
2) God is completely oblivious to the laws of physics and is reinventing the wheel or
3) the Biblical account of creation is categorically inaccurate.

I vote for the third.

I personally believe that God did “create” the universe, in the sense that God is the consciousness that Quantum Mechanics proves is necessary for the universe to come into existence.

In the beginning there were only probabilities. The universe could only come into existence if someone observed it. It does not matter that the observers turned up several billion years later. The universe exists because we are aware of it.
– Martin Rees, Cosmologist and Astrophysicist

Consciousness and our reality have an inseparable relationship with one another. But I believe that once energy and matter came into existence, further divine intervention was no longer required to create stars, planets, galaxies, etc.

Well what about evolution?

When Biblical Creationism starts to delve into the questions surrounding origin of life it only finds more problems.

Biblical Creationism is rooted in the assumption that every life form that currently exists has ALWAYS existed…in its present form.
Biblical Creationism assumes that nothing ever changes.
Because if things changed, then that’s evolution.
I am going to assume that a Biblical Creationist can conveniently ignore the fact that he can walk into any art museum in the world and look at the suits of armor from the Middle Ages and clearly see that grown men in those days were the size that children are today.
I am not offering the increase in height of the human species as an example of evolution, but an example of how improved nutrition in our diet changed us. I offer it as an example of how life, regardless of whether it is caused by natural selection, catastrophic natural disasters or quality of food and water changes.

Even if God created everything that exists as it is described in the Book of Genesis, the life forms he created 4.5 billion years ago would scarcely resembled the life forms that are here today.

The temperature of the Earth has changed. The concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere has changed. The formation of the continents has changed which changed the climate, terrrain and even the temperance of the seasons. The sea levels have risen and fallen. Even the magnetic poles have changed. Changes in the environment necessitate that life must adjust in order to survive or perish. Life persists because life changes.

So the first thing about Biblical Creationism that strikes me as odd is that they seem to ignore the one constant in the physical universe that everything, absolutely everything that exists is inescapably caught up in incessant change. Sometimes that change is fast, sometimes it’s slow, but everything is always changing. Nothing is still. Even the theoretical strings that are the foundation of everything that exist, are driven by their rate of vibration.

As Heraclitus said “There is nothing permanent but change.”

Scientists estimate that over the course of the Earth’s existence there have been as many as 1 to 4 BILLION different species of life that have walked, crawled, climbed, burrowed, swam, flew, slithered, ran, hopped, scampered and jumped on the Earth.

Assuming that all of those species were all created at once, as the Biblical account of creation seems to imply, and billions of different species of life filled the land, water and sky, things would’ve been really, really crowded.

It doesn’t matter if it ate leaves. It still stepped on things.
Not exactly the type of animals that I would consider a bow and arrow or stone ax to be great equalizers against.
At that point Biblical Creation isn’t dealing with just a lack of evidence problem, but also a logistical problem.

There just isn’t enough physical room.
The Earth is roughly 25,000 miles around. But roughly only 30% of the planet Earth is dry land. The other 70% is covered with water.
Well 25,000 miles around sounds like a lot of space until you try to cram 1 to 4 billion different species of life on it. How do all of those life forms fit?

Well good thing for us the God of the Old Testament is as known for his temper tantrums as he is for changing his mind.
So let’s assume he recognized real early that he might’ve went a little overboard with all of the life forms he created and then started killing things off.
Well that would explain why 98% of all of the life forms that have ever lived on the Earth are extinct.
I personally think this is a good thing, because certain species of life that we know existed, had man been living alongside them, would give new meaning to the word perilous. For example, we know that at one time on the Earth dragonflies were the size of eagles and that dinosaurs, like the one just uncovered in Argentina, who paleontologists are saying is the biggest dinosaur ever uncovered, weighed in at a mindboggling 73 tons and stood taller than a 7 story building.
It doesn’t matter if it ate leaves. It still stepped on things.
Not exactly the type of animals that I would consider a bow and arrow or stone ax to be great equalizers against.
Today we share the Earth with only about 8.7 million different species of life, a far cry from 1 to 4 billion.
Well a lot of that could be because the Earth has seen its share of extinctions, one every 65 million years or so, some bigger than others.
In fact the Earth has been through not one but five mass extinctions where 90% or more of all life on the entire planet perished.
For example, the most deadly, the Permian–Triassic extinction which occurred about 252 million years ago, killed off 96% of all life on the planet. So that made a little room.
In fact, each extinction actually allowed other life forms to take over and thrive in the absence of the life forms that perished, so we actually owe our existence to being the beneficiaries of these mass extinctions as no doubt some life form in the future will owe its time in the Sun to the extinction event that ends our reign on this planet.

So although I understand that Biblical Creationism is not an evidence based theory, and seems to have no awareness of the natural laws of the physical universe, I am against banning it. I see Biblical Creationists like palookas, you don’t ban palookas from fighting, you make quick work of them and continue moving forward.

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