You all recall Ardipithecus ramidus, the very cool 4.4 million year old fossil that showed that bipedalism was very old. It’s a great fossil, a revealing story, and worth the attention it was given.
Amazingly, someone has now had an actual conversation with Ardipithecus. You may be wondering how; so am I. Well, not actually — I have a pretty good idea how this fellow could be chatting with a 4 million year old fossil. He’s nuts.
Kent Hovind, who many of us are enjoying the sensation of seeing him slip from our memories as he cools his heels in prison for tax fraud, occasionally writes these disturbing little letters that then get published on his blog. Usually, he writes these bizarre dialogs with God, who, you will be surprised to hear, always tells Kent how good and wonderful and special he is. This time, though, Kent Hovind is chatting with Ardi. Again, it’s wish-fulfillment; Ardi reassures him that she really is only 4,000 years old, that she died in the Flood, and even witnessed the Ark setting off. Isn’t that sweet?
Oh, God does make another appearance in the closing lines of the story.
KH: Hey, Lord? You said that if I would delight myself in You that You would give me the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4). My desire is that my case be overturned and that I be sent home!
GOD: I’ve got everything under control, Son. Go walk a few laps. I’ve got your back.
I don’t think there are grounds to overturn his conviction, so that’s not going to happen. God is about as ineffectual to Kent Hovind as he is to me.
It isn’t exactly “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” is it?