Answers in Genesis is the media outlet owned by young earth creationist Ken Ham. In case you need a refresher, Ham is the one who founded the Ark Encounter theme park, which teaches elementary school children that the bible story of Noah’s Ark is literally true. Ham also believes the earth is 6,000-years-old and that teaching kids evolution amounts to child abuse.
The AIG folks aren’t just extreme bible literalists; they’re prolific disseminators of a very special brand of pseudoscience which claims evolution to be false and the bible creation stories as provably true, which makes the following video flagged by The Friendly Atheist‘s Hermant Mehta so interesting. If you’ve ever wondered what a person who believes in a young earth and human coexistence with dinosaurs thinks about flat earthers, the video below can lend a little insight.
“Some people, they accuse us of believing everything in the bible is literal,” Faulkner said. “Well, we don’t believe everything in the bible is literal. There are many idioms, there are figures of speech. There’s also imagery, particularly in the poetic and the prophetic passages.”
Faulkner pointed out that his version of bible literalism has exceptions, like when Jesus said, “I am the door.”
“Well, did he have hinges? Did he have a latch on it? Did he have a handle? Of course not. We understand that it’s not a literal door, so nobody really believes that the bible’s completely literal,” Faulkner said.
He went on to point out that flat earthers who reference the bible for their theories have things wrong.
“I want to point out that these arguments that people put forth today for the flat earth, supposedly from the Bible don’t come historically from positions of the church,” he continued. “The church never argued these points from scripture. This all arose in the 19th century. Surprisingly enough, these arguments that flat earthers are using, supposedly from the bible to support flat earth, are ones that were put forth from the skeptics and the atheists in the 19th century, trying to bring disrepute upon the scripture, showing it’s not authoritative.”
From Hermant Mehta:
Even if Faulkner is right that the modern Flat Earth movement uses arguments perpetuated by atheists as a way to discredit scripture (“The Bible says the world is flat!”), maybe he should be less concerned about the atheists than the fact that the Bible can be manipulated so easily to get people to believe bullshit.
Watch the video below, uploaded to Facebook by Godless Engineer:
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