There’s a man headed to Harford County this weekend with a singular purpose: to drive Charles Darwin out of Whiteford.
Mike Riddle, a member of the creationist society Answers in Genesis, is scheduled to appear March 8 through 10 at Evangelical Methodist Church on Route 136. He’ll be offering his take (presumably with PowerPoint slides) on why the Christian creation story of Genesis is an accurate, historical account of things – and of why Charles Darwin (himself a Christian) had it all wrong when he said humans evolved from lesser creatures.
All geared up for the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, Answers in Genesis held a similar event last month in Lynchburg, Virginia. According to a Very Friendly account of the meeting in the Christian Post , it only took society president Ken Ham a few rhetorical turns to get from “America is becoming less of a Christian nation everyday and that it is due in part to the influence of Darwinism” to “Darwinism has been used to support racism and by Hitler to justify his actions”.
So, right off the bat, we’re into Reductio ad Hitlerum, the rhetorical fallacy that states: “Hitler supported X, therefore X must be evil.” It’s a self-defeating argument akin to yelling fire in the oratorical theater. As a commenter to the Christian Post story noted, “If some person pushed somebody off a cliff to kill him, that would not be evidence against gravity.” Indeed.
My question, and the question of reasonable people everywhere is, Why can’t both Darwin and the Bible be true? Could that first day not have lasted 3 billion years? In his talk, Mr. Riddle proposes to teach Christians just how to answer this kind of annoying question.
In an ad in last Friday’s Aegis, Riddle asks a question of his own: “Tired of answers from people who just guess?” Yeah, totally. I’d like to hear from someone with a line on the Absolute Truth. Mr. Riddle is poised to deliver it.
Answers in Genesis; Free admission
Evangelical Methodist Church
March 8: 10 and 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
March 9 and 10: 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.