Just Whose Creation is This?

Paul C. Broun by U.S. Department of Agriculture

Congressman Paul Broun struck something into the hearts of empiricists everywhere with his remark that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."  Some of us were put off, others angered, possibly amused, or else afraid for the fate of the nation.  Greg Laden writes, "this man is saying that the Bible, which he takes absolutely literally, teaches us how to run our public policy and everything in society."  And while Broun may be on the fringe of modern Christianity, he typifies today's Republican platform, and even sits on the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology.  On Starts With a Bang, Ethan Siegel says that if Broun is right, "then the Universe itself is lying to us."  Tricky universe!  Ethan concludes, "considering the entire Universe was once so hot it had no neutral atoms, no atomic nuclei, and was entirely a furnace of ionized plasma, it did all come from the pit of hell!"  (And as space continues to expand, we have a lot more heavens to look forward to.)

Mr. Broun, if you believe God created the physical universe, then how can you deny physical laws?  If you think the Devil is concocting cosmic background radiation and fossilized dinosaurs to lead us astray, then whose Creation is this?  If you are a second-century Gnostic and believe the Demiurge created the physical universe and God's reality is unseen, then what meaning can the book of Genesis, as a literal account of creation, possibly have?   If there's more to the universe than meets the eye, can't the same be true of the Old Testament?

More like this

"It took less than an hour to make the atoms, a few hundred million years to make the stars and planets, but five billion years to make man!" -George Gamow Earlier today, a video (from last month) was released where one of the members of the US House of Representative -- a member who sits on the…
WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! One of the most popular posts from the old site was a post about two right wing nutjobs who anointed Justice Alito's chair before his Senate confirmation hearing (AND IT WORKED!!11!!). Well, we have more scent marking for Jesus, this time courtesy of a Republican…
Watch the following video without reading any context. Listen to what the guy says. Note that he says that evolution and embryology are lies from hell. Note that he claims that these lies have one purpose: To keep us from knowing that we need a savior. Note that he claims that the earth was…
On Brookhaven Bits & Bytes, Steve Kettell brings us up to speed on a new research project taking place beneath a mountain in southern China. The object of study is the neutrino, which can "pass through the Earth and through much of the universe without interacting with anything." Ethan…

Mr. Broun: Huh?

By The Phytophactor (not verified) on 10 Oct 2012 #permalink

The fundamental question here lies at an assumption put clearly as there are no supernatural interventions in the physical world, which is a corollary of the uniformitarian principle of Charles Lyell. (That the process we see today were the process operating in the past). If you assume supernatural interventions in the real world, then pretty much anything goes, and indeed a literal reading of the new testament would require such an assumption vis Christs miracles.

If I believed in hell, I'd believe that Paul Broun is a liar straight from there.

By Mal Adapted (not verified) on 11 Oct 2012 #permalink

Italics fail.

By Mal Adapted (not verified) on 11 Oct 2012 #permalink