Someone emailed me this link and it’s hilarious. It’s an evangelism video hosted by Kirk Cameron, who used to play teen heartthrob Mike Seaver on Growing Pains. Much of the video is devoted to debunking evolution. Because ya know, when you want solid information about evolutionary biology, the first place you think to turn is to a washed up child actor.
It begins with his co-host Ray Comfort saying, “It’s funny how we equate the word ‘atheism’ with intellectual, and it’s the exact opposite.” 10 seconds later, he’s offering his “intellectually stimulating theory” for how the soda can “evolved” over time. This is intended as a parody of evolution, and he finishes by declaring, “To believe a soda can happened by chance is to enter an intellectual free zone. It’s to have an echo when you think. It’s to have brain liposuction.”. I agree with him completely, of course, but he is apparently too stupid to realize the obvious difference between soda cans and living things – the former do not reproduce, the latter do.
He goes on to point out as proof that evolution is false that the banana has three grooves in it that fit perfectly into the human hand. This, to his way of thinking, proves that bananas were designed us to eat. Yet we eat many more things than bananas and that’s the only one that fits so perfectly and he certainly wouldn’t suggest that therefore all other sources of food were not designed for us to eat. This is akin to walking out in the morning after a rainstorm and being astonished at the fact that the pothole in front of your house must have been designed to hold the precise amount of water that fits into it.
They go on to offer the tried and
true false out of context Darwin quote about the evolution of the eye being “absurd to the highest degree.” And that Einstein believed in God (not theirs, but so what if he did?). And they offer all sorts of question-begging like pointing to buildings as proof of a builder, paintings as proof of a painter, and “creation” as proof of a creator. Argument by semantic label. How brilliant.
They spend a good 6 minutes interviewing a straw man atheist who is so bad that you wonder if he’s an actor. The “atheist” appears to be dumb as a box of hammers and he’s dutifully baffled by the brilliance of their arguments. And finally they give the honest answer, as Kirk Cameron declares, “You have to learn that it’s not wise to stay in the intellect and wrestle with someone intellectually because it’s going to take you down a rabbit trail and waste all your time. You’ve eventually gotta get to the heart.” Meaning, of course, forget about logic and go on pure emotion. Shut off your brain and just accept what you want to be true. And I agree that for Kirk Cameron, it’s a good idea not to “stay in the intellect”, since he is clearly so oblivious to logic.