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Lying in the Name of God

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]hummingwolf)

There's a rather long post at Making Light about misrepresentations for the sake of advancing the cause of "creationism."

It’s not possible to produce such programs honestly. Chopping logic and falsifying arguments like that can only be done by someone who knows that he or she is doing it. To put it another way: if you know enough about the Book of Job or the Tel Dan stela to make up really effective lies about them that will fit into your preordained agenda, you know enough about them to know you’re lying.

This process of cooking up faith-promoting lies is not evidence of religious faith. Say you profess the basic Christian package: God is omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, created all things, and wants us to love and understand Him.* If you truly believe that, how can you fear scientific knowledge? Creation doesn’t lie.** Surely it must follow that to know more about it is to see further into God’s ways.

(There are two married women. Both their husbands are accused of being present at a particularly wanton and disgraceful stag party. Both husbands deny it. One wife accepts this denial at face value, dismisses the story, and goes on with her life. The other wife goes into a frenzy of fact-checking, affidavit-gathering, and timeline construction, in order to demonstrate once and for all that her husband couldn’t possibly have been at that party. Which woman has faith in her husband?)

Link via this post from [info]slacktivist.

[Edit: Mods: If one of you could create a tag for "creationism" or "intelligent design," that would be helpful in finding other posts about this topic. There doesn't seem to be a suitable tag currently, though I did toy with the idea of using the "education" tag. Edit 2: Yeah, um, I'll be making that ophthalmology appointment on Monday.]