Inheriting the Hot Wind: Mind Control and Young-Earth Creationism

As I lined up with hundreds of others to get inside Petersberg, Kentucky’s famed Creation Museum to visit its new anti-evolution exhibits (“secular” scientists are celebrating Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday this year), I couldn’t help but wonder: Was this going to be some kind of attempt at mind control? After I went through the exhibition, there was no doubt!

The anti-evolution exhibits reminded me of one of those bizarre science fiction movies where people line up to be placed in a special machine and emerge like robots; these people now can’t think for themselves, and they end up being like those people who brainwashed them.

In a related way, I found the anti-evolution exhibits to be a very clever form of mind control, basically consisting of:

  1. Setting up straw-men arguments that totally misrepresent what many intelligent and devout Christians accept.
  2. Showing how wrong some Christians are for believing the things they supposedly believe (which they believe for good reason!).
  3. Convincing visitors that special creationism is true, and that one is a fool to believe otherwise (and certainly foolish to believe the undisputed scientific evidence).

Actually, this kind of mind control is already being used constantly on America’s children, especially through the private education system, the Christian media, and science museums (even in many Christian schools and colleges, sadly). Using Answers in Genesis’ anti-evolution exhibition, let’s look at how they are using mind control:

  1. Visitors read this display:

    Before Henry Morris was born, most people in America accepted certain ideas about the natural world as given. Species were linked in a single family tree. They were connected, related, and changed since the moment of the first one-celled organism’s appearance, and earth itself was thought to be so old, perhaps billions of years old, that there would have been plenty of time for species to change. . . . Before Henry Morris, it was impossible to see the world as young, being created in an instant only 6,000 years ago, and unchanging.

    Wrong. That’s a straw man. People who know and understand science are aware that the earth has indeed changed because of what’s recorded in the fossil record (e.g., the rise of complex multi-celled organisms, the transition of some species of fish into amphibians, and the evolution of horses). Those who believe the geological sciences know that two of every “kind” (seven of some) of land-dwelling animal weren’t saved from a global flood. All the different species (special creationists can’t even scientifically define a biblical “kind”) of land animals that are alive today descended from a small group of one-celled organisms. Yes, animals have changed—and the earth has changed drastically since the formation of the earth.

    In fact, before Henry Morris came along, natural selection was producing all different sorts of fish, reptiles, mammals, humanoids, and so on. Even in the anti-evolution exhibit, it is stated that “he [Henry Morris] refused to believe that nature selected organisms with desirable traits and that over time the fossil record preserved some of these transitional creatures. . . . Dogs were always dogs, even though a tiny lap dog and a large lean greyhound look nothing alike.” I just wonder how many visitors noticed this gross inconsistency.

    Of course, everyone knows that animals change. The exhibition’s straw-man argument—that Bible-believers must believe that animals can’t evolve—is set up so that the trustworthiness of human observation can easily be knocked down.

  2. Now that the museum visitors are beginning to have their minds controlled to believe that Bible-believers must not accept that things have evolved, the exhibition’s mind controllers state:

    Discoveries in geology have challenged the idea that the world and all its species had evolved over the last 4.6 billion years. Fossils clearly show that in past ages the world has been inhabited by the same species as those existing today . . .

    So, scientists believe animals change, but Henry Morris figured out that they don’t, proving modern science wrong. This absence of change was his evidence of special creationism (e.g., instantaneous creation of man).

    This, too, is designed to make the Creation Museum’s visitors think that they have to reject the “secular” scientific account of origins and an ancient earth.

  3. Now, here was the final step in indoctrinating visitors to disbelieve modern science through mind control. They are indoctrinated to believe in an additional straw-man: Christians can’t accept that new species can form. But we can and do. We have stated innumerable times that speciation occurs—and that natural selection happens (as they show in a new Darwin exhibit at London’s famed Natural History Museum). We declare that natural selection can result in evolution—the idea that one totally different species of creature (not “kind”), over the course of multiple generations that experience gene mutation, genetic drift, and environmental pressures, can change into a totally different species (e.g., reptiles becoming birds). The anti-evolution exhibit says:

    Henry Morris’ theory of special creationism is the only biblical and scientific explanation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth. It provides a powerful framework for understanding nature and is one of the essential theories of the very core of science. . . . As Morris himself anticipated, some Christians have held to the conviction that species are the result of natural, evolutionary processes divinely ordained and sustained by the Creator. We find incompatible with our religious beliefs the concept that humans share a common ancestry with earlier primates and that humans and other species evolved over immense spans of time. Creationism, including Intelligent Design, offers a scientific alternative to the theory of evolution by invoking the intrusive acts of a Creator or an Intelligent Designer as the explanation for large diversity.

    Sad, isn’t it?

The Bible warns us about such mind controllers at the anti-evolutionist exhibition: It is they “who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). Now I ask: To what extent have the mind controllers of this age influenced you and your family, and not just with the creation/evolution question? Think about it. Then make sure you keep supplying yourself with answers to defend our integration of Christian faith and modern science!

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9 Responses to Inheriting the Hot Wind: Mind Control and Young-Earth Creationism

  1. You almost had me, but I kept thinking, “When did he get out to Kentucky without my knowledge?” 🙂

    I can imagine the folks from the Creation Museum objecting to your satire because it’s too convincing. (Of course, they couldn’t fault your arguments or really even disagree with the words you put in their mouths.) Well done!

  2. RBH

    Mike, I started reading this post and was instantly reminded of the AIG/Ken Ham mind control article (yes, I’m on the AIG mailing list!). As I read further and further I began chuckling. Thanks for that! 🙂

    And I had the same thought Steve Douglas did: How’d Mike get to Kentucky without passing near Ahia and hollering at me as he went by?

  3. Flawedprefect

    Mike, I recently got this blog posted in my recommendations list in google reader. I am so glad that I took the time to read. I applaud your efforts in this blog. You represent the silent, overwhelming majority of theists – not just Christians – who are reasonable, sensible people. I look forward to reading further into your blog, and I have subscribed for future updates.

    PS: For the record, I am a non-theist, but please don't hold that against me! 😀 I seek out any opportunity to reach across the aisle in an open and respectful manner.

  4. Flawed,

    I am always encouraged by people like yourself who are willing, despite some philosophical differences, to stand side-by-side against a common foe. Glad to have you as an ally!

    An identical attitude and policy of neutrality toward generic theism is one of the main reasons I decided to join the NCSE.

    And always know that I will never hold your non-theism against you, my friend. =)

  5. Mike,
    Just completed reading about your interesting journey. Most importantly, well done on seeking information yourself.

    I too have been on a self-driven learning journey, but we had different starting points. I started at Gould's NOMA model and now I'm more of a complementary model that has overlap … probably due to my growth in the theological perspective.

    I live in the Cincinnati area, thus in some ways, in the shadows of the Creation Museum. I haven't attended and probably won't because it is against both my science and theology.

    Thought you may appreciate this link.
    http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/on-supersonic-kangaroos/

    Keep studying!

  6. Anonymous

    So Glad you have become a member of NCSE, who has been helping us fight the 'special creationists' and Discovery Institute from infiltrating our school boards in Texas.I got to meet Genie Scott and Stephen Meyer in one day! Just wish Meyer would occasionally wash his hair Brian Rutledge

  7. Thanks for this. I was a YEC believer for 20+ years, until the overwhelming evidence for evolution (and the paucity for creationism) persuaded me. Indoctrination and other forms of thought or information control are extremely damaging, especially to young children, who are less capable of defending themselves from such mental assaults.

  8. Afrankangle:

    I started at Gould's NOMA model and now I'm more of a complementary model that has overlap.

    There is, of course, overlap for me as well, although I'm careful to admit my biases when one domain intrudes on another (e.g., What caused the Big Bang? or Do human beings actually possess a distinct, metaphysical soul?). I think it's extremely important to do this so that you're transparent to the skeptic.

    Angie: You're quite welcome. It's a challenge to raise my own children in my "tradition" while keeping things objective and teaching them to discern between what can be proven, what can be assumed given certain lines of evidence, and what should be taken on faith.

  9. A Frank Angle,

    I almost forgot to mention that I love the Supersonic Kangaroos post to which you linked! Great stuff! It's theories like that which crumble under closer inspection.

    Angie,

    As a follow-up to my last response to you, I'd be curious to know how you came to adopt an atheistic worldview vice a theist worldview which accepted evolution as the method by which God created? Are there any particular links on your blog which you would recommend to me that detail your journey?

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