This is a classic example of rotting brains. This wanker tells the whole story. The sad part is that he was mentally ill, tried to get help from his universities’ counselling service, and the councilor took advantage of this young man’s condition to point him straight back into religion. It worked. Read the crap he writes here:
23 April 2012, 15:16
Whilst at university, I threw off all my parents’ religion, partying and going wild with my friends. However, as I was also battling with depression, I decided to make use of the free counselling service offered by the university. After introduction, my counsellor told me I needed to go to church. After the 3rd session of her telling me this, I decided to go to church once, so that I could get her off my back. As I walked through the church door the following Sunday, God spoke to me. Although it was a mere one sentence, it cut right to my core, changing my life forever.
As a young Christian who believed evolution, I attended a seminar by Duane Gish on creationism. He said a whole lot of hair brained stuff, or so it seemed at the time. However, he did say some interesting points, and as a result I bought the only book I could afford, one on the earth’s magnetism. It was the weirdest book I had ever read, showing that the magnetism of the earth was exponentially decaying, and that if the earth were not young, then 10,000 years ago it would have been a magnetic star. I dismissed the book as pure bunkum.
However as my engineering classes were right next door to the geology department, I decided to pay them a visit and ask about the earth’s magnetism. I was quickly introduced to a graduate who was doing his doctorate on the magnetism in South Africa. Looking at the graphs of the magnetism of South Africa over the past 100 years, we saw it followed the exact pattern I had read in the book. When I showed the fellow the book, and that the book was talking of a young earth, his reply was “We all know the earth is billions of years old, you must go, I have another appointment.” The sudden hostility caught me totally by surprise, I had touched (more like hammered) a raw nerve. (I have since read much about geomagnetic reversals and the problems with them, but that is another discussion). I left his office thinking “Is he not wanting to know truth, or is he trying to protect something he is not sure of?”
I was given a pile of Nature magazines, which I devoured, they were at my level. They were strongly evolutionary, calling creationists “wolves in sheep’s clothing”. What struck me was that in almost every magazine 2 or 3 times a statement would be made that if true hit against some part of the evolutionary chain, eg. A discovery of a protein in a cell being so complex that it needed the cell to form the protein, however the cell could not exist without the protein. After bumping into hundreds of these anomalies, I was convinced that life and the complexities in life needed a designer, and that no amount of random processes could ever account for life. (Please note that other than the one book on magnetism, I had not seen any creationist literature at all, this conclusion was drawn after reading evolutionary based material.) Being an engineering student and not a theologian, the theological ramifications of the different viewpoints was never an issue.
Now after 30 years later, having read many creationist publications as well as evolutionary publications, I am more convinced than ever that the evolutionary model stands on shaky ground. This conclusion is based purely in what I see in nature around me, how the evolutionary model has to change their viewpoints with many of the new discoveries eg. Mt St Helens erupting, soft tissue found in a T Rex bone, the different weight and consequently different place in history given to Lucy by different research groups, and the fanatism of the evolutionists, as if they are trying desperately to protect ground that is eroding under their feet. (I personally saw a professor explode at someone for mentioning a flaw in the evolutionary model).
As I look at our origin, there are a few possible models:
- Atheistic evolution – it all happened by random chance
- Theistic evolution – same as 1 above, except whenever chance cannot explain a process, God intervened.
- Aliens from outer space put life on this earth – this was big twenty years ago, in movies, the SETI project, and even music and literature; however it has fallen out of favour in recent years.
The intelligent design movement is not actually separate, but would accept points 2,3, and 4 above as being possible ways to explain life today.
The creationism model is not without flaws and many of them, however evolution as the alternative (both theistic and atheistic) is so full of flaws that it falls apart at the seams (see http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/What-is-evolution-20120418), aliens seem more remote now than ever with NASA shifting its attention from intelligent life to any possible life (looking for water, instead of radio signals). So although I am a creationist, it is not because I think creationism is just so perfectly right, but because the alternatives are just so horribly wrong.