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Answers in Genesis, coming to a town near you soon!

Next week, Paul Taylor of Answers in Genesis will be rolling into Dudley Baptist Church to discuss the plans AiG have for the UK. I wrote to their pastor asking for details, this is the conversation so far (I will update it as/if it continues)

Good evening,
Could you please supply me with information about the forthcoming Answers in Genesis event? I believe this will be held on the evening of the 17th, is this correct?
Regards

Alex Botten



David, the pastor at the Church, replied – 

Dear Alex,
 
Correct, we do have Paul Taylor from AIG on the 17th February. However, this meeting is a update on the work that AIG seeks to do, throughout the UK. No doubt, it will be a very interesting evening, but not directly evangelistic, more for Christians to pray for the work of AIG.
 
Thank you for your interest There would be a warm welcome if you wished to come.
 
Yours In Christ,
 
David
 
So this evening I’ve flexed my typing muscles, and fired the following to David – 
David

Thanks for getting back to me.

I am intrigued that you’ve got a representative from Answers in Genesis coming along to talk to you. Paul Taylor’s reputation precedes him and he is well know for his misrepresentations of palaeontological discoveries.

For example, in a letter he wrote to the Leicester Mercury newspaper in 2006 he made the claim that “any scientific facts – such as the report in the journal Science (March 2005) of unfossilised soft tissues, including blood vessels and cells, in a Tyrannosaurus rex thigh bone – are causing many to question the ruling evolutionary/millions-of-years paradigm.”. As someone who posits himself as an ‘expert’ on dinosaurs, I find it astonishing that he makes these claims when the published paper about the discovery says no such thing. You can read the paper for yourself here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19407199, and there is a video that touches on the issue here – http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/203009/detail/

In fact, Mary Schweitzer, the scientist who discovered that T.Rex thigh bone, has had this to say of the claims of Creationists like Paul Taylor – “They treat you really bad…They twist your words and they manipulate your data.” (read more on this here – http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/issues/2006/may/dinosaur.php?page=1)

In the Leicester Mercury letter he also claimed that ‘ Francis Crick, discoverer of DNA, who was so concerned about the lack of evidence for molecules-to-man evolution that he proposed that life was seeded on earth by aliens! ‘ this is another instance of dishonesty, seemingly designed to infer that Crick supported the Young Earth Creationist view, which is very much not the case.

Furthermore, his claims that man and dinosaurs co-existed is entirely without base, and is directly contradicted by the fossil record. He claims in his book ‘The Great Dinosaur Mystery, and the Bible’ that ‘some new discoveries indicate that man and dinosaurs may have lived together in the not too distant past’ – this, again, is an absolute lie. There has not been a single instance of human and dinosaur remains being found together, and any supposed examples of such (the Paluxy riverbed prints for example) have been shown to be either nothing more than eroded dinosaur prints, or outright fakes. To read more about just how clueless and dishonest Paul Taylor is about dinosaurs, go here – http://www.stupiddinosaurlies.org/the-great-dinosaur-mystery-and-the-bible and here – http://www.stupiddinosaurlies.org/dumbest-aig-article-yet

Not only is Paul (and the Answers in Genesis) point of view regarding dinosaurs thoroughly dishonest, it is also unbiblical, requiring the shoehorning of ‘evidence’ into the text where nothing of the sort exists. To claim that dinosaurs and humans lived together is to make a fool out of Christians in the eyes of non-believers. As Augustus of Hippo said ‘ It is too disgraceful and ruinous, though, and greatly to be avoided, that he [the non-Christian] should hear a Christian speaking so idiotically on these matters, and as if in accord with Christian writings, that he might say that he could scarcely keep from laughing when he saw how totally in error they are.

As a former Christian I find Paul Taylor’s views that Dinosaurs are in the Bible to be utterly laughable, and as the atheist I now am, I find his barefaced dishonesty about the past offensive and insulting.

Which is why I’m somewhat surprised that you are not only inviting Answers in Genesis into your church, but are actively encouraging them.

I look forward to your response.

Regards 

Alex Botten 
 
I wonder if I’ll get a reply.

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2 thoughts on “Answers in Genesis, coming to a town near you soon!

  1. Now that you've shown that you are an unbiased intellectual giant, how could he resist replying?

  2. Researching is always a good idea, Bob….something you'd do well to learn.

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