Creationist Ken Ham has taken aim at atheists who have criticized his views on the origins of creation by arguing that they are trying to impose their "anti-God religion" on children, an accusation he also threw at famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Ham wrote on his Facebook page that his recent Tweet criticizing the "Cosmos" TV series as imposing atheism on students made "secularists get overly emotional over their religion."
He pointed to responses to his argument on blog sites, with titles such as "Ken Ham is a Liar," "Creationist Ken Ham Fears New Cosmos Series Will Create Pandemic of Reason and Critical Thinking," "Ken Ham Disparages Schools Showing Cosmos in Class for 'Imposing Atheism on Students,'" and then went on to defend his position, saying that Tyson, who worked on the show, "basically tells students to worship the sun/the stars." more >>
A Vatican astronomer who embraces both science and religion has said there is no conflict between the two, arguing that scientist who reject religion are lacking in humility, while Christians who reject science believe they can tell God how he should have made the universe.
"To me (the issue) comes down to two problems: Scientists not having enough humility to understand, that they don't have all the answers and religion not having enough to recognize that they can't tell God how He should have made the universe," Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, answered in response to a question regarding people who find conflict between science and religion, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Consolmagno said in a speech at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper that the Roman Catholic Church has been looking to bring a balance between science and faith since the 1580s, when Pope Gregory XIII committed the Church to scientific study. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham says evolution has become a religion for many secularists, pointing to "intolerance" in scientific communities whenever the possibility of the Creator is mentioned.
"If secularists were to be honest, they would fully acknowledge that from their perspective, when they die, that's it — they're dead. Then why do they even fight so vehemently against God? What is it that irks them so much about this?" Ham wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday in which he also calls out atheists, asking why they are so "vehemently" opposed to God.
"Well, the bottom line is that they know that if there is a God who created them, and if He is the God of the Bible, then He owns them, He sets the rules, and they are accountable to Him. It means, for example, that marriage is one man for one woman, that abortion is murder, and so on," he added. more >>
PLOS ONE, a popular peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science decided, Thursday that it would retract a paper it published earlier this year that credits the "Creator" with the design of the human hand.
The paper, titled: "Biomechanical characteristics of hand coordination in grasping activities of daily living," was written by a team of four researchers. Three of them are affiliated with Huazhong University in China while one, Le Xiong, is affiliated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
PLOS ONE's decision to retract the article came after a global coalition of scientists revolted against the journal for embracing what they say is the theory of intelligent design reflected in the article. more >>
Do human beings do nice things because they're afraid that God will punish them if they don't?
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a purely Darwinian explanation of the world is the persistence of traits and behaviors that, strictly speaking, don't further the purposes of what Richard Dawkins famously called "the selfish gene."
The most obvious stumbling blocks are human altruism and cooperation. If natural selection is a "zero sum game," that is, if your selfish gene wins, then my selfish gene loses, why should I bother to cooperate with you? more >>
Creation Museum's Ken Ham has shared the testimony of one former atheistic evolutionist who became a creationist due to Ham's ministry, and argued that it shows there is "hope for atheists" despite what he called their "sheer hatred against Christians."
"When I read some of the atheist blogs, Facebook posts, and news articles that display a sheer hatred against Christians (really, it's a hatred against God), it can seem, humanly speaking, hopeless to try to reach these secularists with the truth of God's Word and the salvation message it presents," Ham wrote on his Answers in Genesis blog.
"And yet, we can be encouraged to read of the incredible conversion of Saul (who severely persecuted Christians) in Acts 9 and realize that God's Word can penetrate even the most hardened heart," he added. more >>