Monday, January 23, 2012

Creationists Clutching At Quotation Straws

Holy Creation! Can creationists be THIS desperate?

Creationists saw Hawking's comments as an admission that God was needed to create the universe. And they were particularly gleeful about a subsequent story in New Scientist Magazine, headlined "Why Scientists Can't Avoid a Creation Event." That piece called the substance of the conference "the worst presents ever," referring to the failure of several theories attempting to explain the origin of the cosmos.

The story set off a round of virtual chest-thumping. One writer said it raised the "thorny question of how to kick-start the cosmos without the hand of a supernatural creator."
Supposedly, this is what Hawking uttered:

A point of creation would be a place where science broke down. One would have to appeal to religion and the hand of God.
Really? Just that?

I'll leave it up to you to read the rest of the article, especially the response by Alan Guth. But what I want to address here is this:

1. Do creationists that are so happy with such a statement completely neglected all of Hawking's history and written pieces on his opinion of God, that one single quote somehow negates ALL of that? It is not even physics!

2. If you hang on so closely to his words (as if they are Divine gospel) and somehow believe him this time, how come you dismissed all of his earlier comments on the same topic before this? How are you able to pick and choose which ones to accept and which ones to reject?

This is unbelievably hilarious. Rather than strengthen the case for creationism, it has reduced such idea to a pathetic desperation for any kind of justification and validation.



Heumpje said...

I don't see why you get so upset about this...
I mean, read some of the articles on this website :
The one about the 'croc-nosed dinosaur' is particularly funny. These people are not desperate, they are brainwashed. They have a certain conception about the origin of life and the universe driven by their faith. There is nothing that will ever convince them otherwise. Just read the following quote (which should explain why we found a fossil on continent B, while we thought they only lived on continent A):

It’s very conceivable that during the global flood of Noah’s time, some of these dinosaurs lived on different parts of the dry land that God created on Day 3 of creation week. When the floodwaters came and began flowing over the pre-Flood continents, some of these creatures could have been transported large distances by the waters, perished, buried and fossilized in widely separated areas in what is now Europe and also Australia….

And that is supposed to have happened like 3000 years ago. Of course these people will happily take a Hawkings quote, rip it out of context and use it to further their case. I am sure they will even believe that we are the ones becoming desperate.

Heumpje said...

Hehe...just like this woman I just called him Hawkings...My bad.