Introducing….. “The Attack Dog Awards (The Atties)” along with final thoughts on the creation museum.
I’m nearly speechless by the hits I have recieved in the past few days. I’m honored by the comments. Thanks.
So, to keep you all coming back, I’m introducing a new feature, inspired by the guard dogs at the creation museum. Allow me to introduce the Atties.
The Atties will be given to those who demonstrate poor reasoning, poor thinking, and other actions that lead to destroying an enviorment where good discussion can happen in the atheist/christian dialouge. And a warning, these awards will not discriminate between christian or atheist. So, both groups are going to need to put their big boy/girl pants on.
So, without further ado, the first winner of this award.
It’s fitting that the first winner of this award should be the group that inspired it, the Creation Museum. They win the award because of the latent dualism that runs throughout the museum. For example, in one of the early displays, they have a huge wall covering display that stacks God’s word against man’s reasoning. Even worse, they carry this theme throughout the museum.
There are all kinds of problems with this way of thinking. Without realizing it, they set up human reason as a power almost equal with God in a Zorastarian view of the world. Further, it leads to the idea that thinking is an almost idolatrous act and should be avoided.
The problem with this is that God tells us differently. He invites us to reason, to think, to question. There are many examples of this in the Bible, but the first chapter of Isaiah will do as He invites us to “come now, let’s reason together.” That isn’t to say that our reasoning is not limited, finite and affected by the Fall. That’s a post for another time. However, God made reason. He likes it. And as creatures made in His image, we are required to keep doing it.
And further, this latent dualism in those who set up the Creation Museum has lead to their fear, distrust, and refusal to engage those who disagree. Thus the guard dogs, the looks of fear, and the lack of grace I saw on Friday.
So, congrats Creation Museum. You have won the first ever Attie. Take a bow.
St. Thomas, release the hounds…..