In the wake of a deadly earthquake-triggered tsunami that has killed at least 77,000 people in southern Asia, brave scientific dissenters are standing up to the Wegenerian Orthoxody that has for so long censored and belittled anyone who dares to question the validity of Naturalistic Seismology. For decades, scientists have told us that they understood the processes that cause earthquakes. In high school science textbooks, they dazzle unsuspecting students with tales of tectonic plates shifting and so-called “continental drift”. But new evidence shows that these processes are infinitely more complex than the guardians of science would have you believe, and a growing number of scientists are dissenting from this dogmatic Wegenerism. So many that even the liberally-biased PBS has taken notice:
Can earthquakes be predicted? Many seismologists would probably answer, “Not yet, but eventually.” But to date, nobody has been able to predict earthquakes reliably enough and over short enough time scales to allow the evacuation of threatened cities. Some scientists have entirely lost faith in earthquake prediction. They say that so many factors decide whether a fault will rupture that earthquakes could well be inherently unpredictable in a practical sense…
This theory has been conventional wisdom for thirty years. However, it did come under attack recently when UCLA seismologist David Jackson and colleague Yan Kagan scrutinized a global set of forecasts made in 1979. They found that areas thought to be at low risk of earthquakes — the ones that had recently had quakes — actually experienced five times as many shocks as perceived high-risk areas. The seismology community is still debating the issue.
Those scientists who have lost faith in the revealed orthodoxy recognize what the seismological naturalists will not tell you: that the processes are so incredibly complex that it is virtually impossible for them to take place purely by random chance. Such complexity can only come about through the action of an intelligent cause. But the advocates of Wegener-only education are so afraid of dissent that they will not even allow our students to learn that there is such a controversy going on within scientific circles, preferring instead to censor and hide. Their Soviet-style tactics are all designed to hide the fact that Wegenerism is a theory in crisis, primarily because if they were to admit that they don’t have a solid understanding, their government grants might dry up. And if you dare to stand up to this orthodoxy, the liberal media will join them in shouting you down, calling you religious nuts, while the ACLU stands at the ready to bully poor school districts into giving up their plans to teach the controversy.
See how easy that was? If one wants to use a god of the gaps argument, one can posit an intelligent cause as an alternative to any scientific theory. And it’s triflingly simple to claim to be the victims of censorship at the hands of an unnamed “them”. The DI, of course, has spoken boldly of establishing a “theistic science” that recognizes the role of divine action in the natural world. Is this perhaps what they had in mind?
Traditionalists of diverse faiths described the destruction as part of god’s plan, proof of his power and punishment for human sins.
“This is an expression of God’s great ire with the world,” Israeli chief rabbi Shlomo Amar told Reuters. “The world is being punished for wrongdoing — be it people’s needless hatred of each other, lack of charity, moral turpitude.”
Pandit Harikrishna Shastri, a priest of New Delhi’s huge marble and sandstone Birla Hindu temple, told Reuters the disaster was caused by a “huge amount of pent-up man-made evil on earth” and driven by the positions of the planets.
Azizan Abdul Razak, a Muslim cleric and vice president of Malaysia’s Islamic opposition party, Parti Islam se-Malaysia, said the disaster was a reminder from god that “he created the world and can destroy the world.”
Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, a leading British Muslim cleric from Leicester in England said: “We believe that God has ultimate controlling power over his entire creation. We have a responsibility to try and attract god’s kindness and mercy and not do anything that would attract his anger.”
Many faiths believe that disasters foretell the end of time or the coming of a Messiah. Some Christians expect chaos and destruction as foretold in the Bible’s final book, Revelations.
Maria, a 32-year-old Jehovah’s Witness in Cyprus who believes that the apocalypse is coming said people who once slammed the door in her face were stopping to listen.
“It is a sign of the last days,” she said.
Or this perhaps:
I noticed that no one has considered that Satan may have had a role here as well (in the tsunami/earthquakes). We attribute God for every calamity that occurs, but the Bible also tells us that Satan can cause natural disasters as well. It’s part of why he is called “The Prince of Power of The Air.”…
Also, Jesus spoke of the events that would happen prior to his second coming, which I quoted previously:
“Luke 21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Jesus called this the “…days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.”
I don’t know about you, but that sounds awfully a lot like judgment. Yes, Jesus did pay for the sins of all mankind on the cross, but that gift is only realised by those who accept Jesus as their Saviour and Messiah. Those who reject the cross are still in danger of judgment. The judgment that falls on mankind isn’t meant for the elect (those who believe in the LORD Jesus to the very end), but for the wicked who rejected him and cursed his name.
See, I guess this “theistic science” can in fact weigh alternative theories that might explain a given set of data. Did God do it as judgment for our sins? Or did Satan do it, to destroy our faith in God? I can’t wait to see theistic scientists hard at work deriving testable hypotheses from these two theories and debating their merits in the Journal of Theistic Seismology. Should the divine judgment theory win the day, I hope that the 700 Club will have a weather forecast based upon the predictions of this theory:
“Sodomy is up 14% in the midwest. Expect earthquakes with a 30% chance of locusts.”
Update: Predictably, at least one ID advocate immediately seized upon this, didn’t bother to respond to the substance of it, and tried to turn it into something disrespectful toward the victims of the Tsunami. Krauze, on the ARN message boards, said:
On the occasion of the tsunami in South Asia (116,000 deaths according to the last surveys), Panda’s Thumb has a parody on it, attacking ID. I know we’re supposed to be the Forces of Evil and all, but seriously guys, can’t you have a little respect?
Apparently, logical thinking has managed to escape our friend here. This article clearly is not a parody of the tsunami (how could it possibly be?), but of the arguments used by ID advocates. You are the one being parodied, Krauze, not the victims of this tragedy, and I think it’s fair to say that the real disrespect is wrapping yourself up in their tragedy to avoid valid criticism. Indeed, how could one possibly be any more disrespectful than those who seek to explain their deaths as punishment for sin? It’s the same sort of “blame the victim” nonsense peddled by the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, men who, like you, feel the need to look for supernatural explanations rather than natural ones. I notice that you didn’t take as the least bit disrespectful the many quotations in the post from people claiming that, in essence, the victims deserved it because they were sinful.
Update #2: Mac at Vessel of Honour, the person behind the second quotation above, the one about the tsunami perhaps being caused by Satan, is a little tweaked at me for using it, and he’s leaping to illogical conclusions in the process. He writes:
I surfed on over through the trackback link only to be treated to the sight of a pedantic smart ass intellectually masturbating over how enlightened he is for not believing in God. I wasn’t sure what his point was other than the apparent assumption over just how silly it is to attribute seismic events to something other than random acts of nature. As if the truth were all enormously self-evident, and only those whose brains have evolved to the level where any pretention or thought whatsoever over the existence of God are nonexistent are the truly enlightened.
This is irrational nonsense. Nowhere did I say anything at all about the existence of God, or my position on that question, which he falsely assumes must be atheism. I certainly did not pretend to be “enlightened” for “not believing in God”. Nor did I say anything at all about differences over this question having anything to do with whether one person’s brain was “more evolved” than another (which would be a stupid thing to say – good thing I didn’t say it). Whether one believes in god or not is a very different question from whether one believes that god sent the tsunami as judgement for sin (or whether Satan did it for some other reason, for that matter). One need not be an atheist to think that blaming a natural disaster on god’s anger is primitive and irrational.