Congrats, Ray Comfort, you have earned a lifetime achievement ATTIE
Ladies and Gentleman, this is a red letter special edition (cough, cough) of the Atties. We are about to give out the first ever lifetime achievement Attie to Mr. Ray Comfort. An award he recieves for his blantant dishonesty in representing Christ.
So, I walked into our University Interfaith Alliance Meeting at Ohio State this morning only half awake from Dr. Schaefer’s talk last night. My Quaker friend said, “Hey, look at this, did you know about it?”
As you might guess, it was the Ray Comfort edition of the “Origin of the Species”, a day early and on a campus that hadn’t been on the original list of fifty. Turns out, Ole Ray decided to fool everyone and avoid planned demonstrations by releasing a day early then orginally stated. And, on “secret” campuses around the country.
For those of you who are behind, self styled evangelist Ray Comfort one day got a brilliant idea. He decided that since Origin of the Species is public domain, he would publish it with fifty page intro that would “refute” Darwin’s theory. With a video made by Kirk Cameron, they annouced they would take this edition to the top fifty universities in the country.
It’s funny how they never wondered, “Just because we can do something, doesn’t always mean we should”.
I hate that they stole another man’s intellectual property I hate they tried to rope in campus ministers to help them.
So, it should be no suprised they moved up the day to avoid the confrontation. They don’t want to take responsibility for their bad idea.
At Ohio State, my sources tell me the Campus Crusade branch here refused to distribute the book. This is true, so give it up for the Ohio State branch of CC.
This was born out by the people I saw distributing the book on campus, who were all obviously off campus people. I didn’t recognize any of them as fellow campus ministers. Rushing to get my copy, I went up and identified myself as a campus minister. They gladly handed me four copies.
So, I set down to read Comfort’s introduction and I was struck by his blantant ignorance and dishonesty on a number of different points. Allow me to point out his ignorance:
-Understanding of the fossil record
-How evolution actually works
-His constant use of “God of the gaps” a largely discredited notion.
-Worst of all, how science, scientific investigation and scientists actually work.
Blatant dishonest and misrepsentation-
-Comfort mentions Asa Gray as a Christian scientist, but mysteriously leaves out this simple fact: Gray was one of Darwin’s biggest supporters. Gray was a conservative Presbyterian minister (hey, like me!) and I’m currently reading his work. I recommend their very interesting correspondance.
-He mentions Francis Collins point of view about DNA and God (something I agree with) but fails to point out that Collins think DNA is the final proof for evolution.
-He accuses Darwin of being racist and a hater of women. There are so many things wrong with this that I don’t even know where to start. But, two quick thoughts: Darwin hated slavery. Darwin deeply loved and respected his wife.
-He make a horrible leap to link Darwin with Hitler. See below about confusing science with philosophy.
You will notice that I didn’t even discuss Comfort’s scientific discussions. The reason is because of everything above, I just don’t see how we can trust anything he has to say. His actions in publishing the book in the first place and then his blantantly misleading introduction discredits him on nearly every issue. That isn’t to say he doesn’t hit on some great discussion points (Big Bang cosmology, The Cambrian Big Bang), but they are lost in the shuffle of his literary mess.
But, even further than that, he confuses evolution as a biological science with naturalism. Evolution tells us how things work on a biological level. It says nothing for or against God’s existence. Nor should morality be drawn from it. It’s bad philosophy and bad logic.
So, congrats to you Ray Comfort. You have truly surpassed all previous Attie award winners. You have slandered a man (Darwin), you have made all Christians look like ignorant boobs, and worst of all, you have caused people to question the validity of Christ through your dishonesty. You were in the zone today, my friend.
St. Thomas, release the hounds for a little Comfort food……