Soil Disproves Evolution? Pbbt

Soil Disproves Evolution? Pbbt

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was going to write about a particular creationist text that I’d been given when I was a child. I’ve been flipping through the book and finding out that I remember all of this stuff really well because I frikin’ memorized this book and thought it was a coolest thing ever when I was a kid. It has also reminded me that I still have some lingering anger at some of the crap I was taught and believed because I thought Christians wouldn’t lie to me. So instead of spending a lot of time on this topic, I’m going to zoom in on the main argument in the book that I found convincing in my ignorance and even repeated to others, to my embarrassment.img_2282-1

Starting on page 50, the author argues that soil disproves the theory of evolution.

If we look at the surface of the Earth and ask what is necessary to support life, we have to give this answer. We need soil made of weathered rock, and we need the chemicals and water washed from the rocks. We need air and water. But soil must contain organic matter. And soil must have millions of tiny living organisms in it if anything is to grow.

This poses a difficult problem for those who believe in the slow evolution of Earth’s surface and of living things. Where did the soil that living things need in order to exist come from before there were living things to fill the soil with organic matter?

The only possible explanation is that Earth and life did not develop as scientists now think. When God created the world, he must have covered its continents with soil already filled with the living creatures that Earth must have in order to support life.

Seriously. Anyone who has even a casual knowledge of natural history knows that the first living things did not evolve in soil, and did not depend on preexisting organisms in soil (or anywhere else). It makes me think that the author was either writing in total ignorance — having no business writing a “science” book for children — or was deliberately lying. This is not even picking at the boundaries of our knowledge, like a discussion of where the laws of the universe come from and why they are the way they are. This is so easily upturned with only basic education. And the rest of the book is pretty much like this.

So why does he think that scientists are so dense as to not see the obvious proof of God in front of their faces?

The only option [for the beginning of the universe] we can imagine is God. But still, there are many people who don’t believe in God! Why?

Romans 1:18 says that men who do not believe “suppress the truth.” That is, they simply will not believe, whatever the evidence. And there is evidence!

Yep, child, there is a conspiracy of atheistic scientists who are suppressing the evidence for God. And I believed it. And that makes me angry. I think there is someone suppressing the truth here, but it’s not the scientists.

So for the preservation of my mental health, this is the last I have to say on this book.

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Answering a Creationist Challenge

I was listening to a podcast of The Atheist Experience* the other day, and a creationist called in to try to challenge the host’s beliefs about how the universe began. Basically, it was the standard creationist argument that God is the only possible explanation for the laws of the universe being what they are. For one thing, I find it amusing that anyone would think atheists must have an answer to how the universe came into being. These are questions for a cosmologist, not a general atheist without specialized training in that area of science. Atheism isn’t a belief about how the universe began, it’s a rejection of the claims of theism.

But after some thought, I think I’ve come up with a simple response that doesn’t require expertise in cosmology. Science has a centuries-long history of replacing supernatural explanations with natural ones. Every single time we have finally understood a phenomena, there has been a natural, non-magical, understandable process behind it. All the assumptions about the natural world that were based on the Bible — for instance, that the earth is at the center and the Sun and everything else revolves around it — have turned out to be dead wrong. So does it really make sense to think that if we actually ever discover the true origins of life, the universe, and everything it’s just suddenly going to prove the Bible? Seriously?

*For anyone interested, here is the video of the Atheist Experience episode I am referencing. https://youtu.be/btnfp4FIcUw

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More Creationist crap from my childhood…

More Creationist crap from my childhood…

Check out what else I found used on Amazon from my childhood! It’s exactly the same too, except mine was hardback. It was the very first book in which I read the term “Theory of Evolution.” Unfortunately. I was about 11 and found this “gem” in the bookstore at one of the Church of the Nazarene conventions that my parents attended almost every year. 

I’ll be going over this and posting highlights and memories soon. 

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Evolution in Bob Jones Biology Textbook

Evolution in Bob Jones Biology Textbook

I’m not going to write a post rebutting this now, and I’ll make the assumption that my readers are familiar enough with evolutionary theory to see what is wrong here. (Edit: I have added captions to the pictures.) These are a few pictures from the pages of the Biology for Christian Schools textbook that I mentioned in my previous post. This is actually what I was taught as fact in my Christian homeschool experience. If I had never gone to university and been exposed to different ideas, I might still even think this crap is true.

I may go into more detail why these are wrong in later posts, but for now I’ll just let the images speak for themselves (I’ve gone ahead and added rebuttals to the captions).

Click the images for a larger, legible view.

 

 

Edit: Just in case you felt your IQ slip a few points after seeing that, here is a good basic account of human evolution from Berkeley’s Understanding Evolution site.

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