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18-06-2016, 07:50 AM (This post was last modified: 18-06-2016 08:04 AM by goodwithoutgod.)
“Dr” Kent Hovind is a fraud
"Dr" Kent Hovind is a fraud.

“Dr” Kent Hovind is a fraud. He isn't even recognized as having a doctorates. His bachelors, Masters, and doctorate degrees in Christian education were achieved through correspondence courses from unaccredited colleges. It is impossible to refute evolution, as it is predictable, observable, and falsifiable. To refute evolution is to refute gravity. He has no technical training in paleontology and his lack of academic education in the field, and inability to understand basic scientific facts makes it impossible for actual experts to debate him. He is a Young Earth Creationist (YEC), which means he believes that the Bible is a literal truth as written and that the earth is between 6,000 and 10,000 years old. That fact alone should make you completely dismiss anything he says. He is just another pseudo-scientist like Ken Ham (founder of the answersingenesis website). Although, even Ken Ham discredits this guy....crazy calling crazy; crazy.

Karen Bartelt, a respected organic chemistry professor who debated Kent once, examined his dissertation and found it to be incomplete, lacks references, shows flawed reasoning, contains numerous spelling errors, and states that it does not present any original research. Kent established Creation Science Evangelism, which seeks to evangelize and teach creationism to those gullible enough to accept it. Kent created the Dinosaur Adventure Land, which featured laughable depictions of humans coexisting with dinosaurs 4,000 years ago, which has since been shut down by county officials as a consumer and tax fraud based business. He is also one of the nut cases that belongs to the Unregistered Baptist Fellowship, which is a group of approximately 100 churches that preach a theology of Christian resistance to government. They reject the government’s right to tax since they serve the mythical Christian God. In 2007 Kent was convicted of 58 felony counts and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Kent Hovind’s “theory” states the following laughable concepts: humans and dinosaurs coexisted, Tyrannosaurus Rex was a vegetarian, all the animals fit in the ark because they were babies, an ice meteor impacted the Earth 6000 years ago and the north and south poles drew fragments of the meteor because of their magnetic field, which caused the extinction level snowfall, and the weight of the ice cracked the Earth's crust which released the fountains of the deep which caused the global flood of the Bible. All the animals died and became oil, coal, and fossils within a few months. The Grand Canyon was formed in a couple of weeks because of the erosion caused by the floodwaters receding into the earth. Need I say more? To believe this raving lunatic's ridiculous version of historical events shows an epic level of ignorance, gullibility, and inability to comprehend basic facts.

His “success” in debates are all about picking your audience, and providing an emotion-based show. Just like the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Bill Nye would make a solid, evidence-based statement, and Ken would respond with, “all the answers you are seeking are in this little book” while holding up the Bible… And the audience would laugh and applaud. The same goes for Kent. He would pack a building full of predominantly Young Earth Creationists, and the debate would be him making grandiose emotional statements in response to whatever his opponent stated. The scientists would be making very dry, evidence heavy statements, and then Kent would make some stupid remark like, “show me proof that a whale grew legs and became a mammal!” And everyone in the audience would laugh and applaud.

Kent’s famous $250,000 offer to anyone who could give empirical evidence for evolution was also a gimmick. The disclaimer in small print for proving evolution required evidence be presented to prove that time, space, and matter came into existence by themselves, planets and stars formed from space dust, matter created life by itself, early life forms learned to reproduce themselves, and major changes occurred between these diverse lifeforms. These are ridiculous and impossible requirements. A counter offer hit the web offering $250,000 to anyone who could prove that the Flying Spaghetti Monster was not the father of Jesus. I could go on and on about the emptiness, lunacy, and ignorance which is the basis of Kent Hovind’s theories, but it would be such a waste of time, thought, and effort. How anyone can purport to believe his theories is beyond me.

References used:

Barbara, Forrest (September 1, 1999). "Unmasking the False Prophet of Creationism". National Center for Science Education.

Kauffman, Christina (March 13, 2006). "Creationist speaker 'loose about the facts'". York Dispatch.

Bartelt, Karen E. (2004). "The Dissertation Kent Hovind Doesn't Want You to Read: A Review of Kent Hovind's Thesis". No Answers in Genesis.

"Order in United States of America v. Kent and Jo Hovind". United States District Court. June 27, 2009.

"Biblical theme park's finances investigated". Saint Petersburg Times. Associated Press. April 18, 2004.

"Seizure of Indianapolis Baptist Temple Ends Standoff, But ‘Unregistered’ Church Movement Continues". Southern Poverty Law Center. May 8, 2001.

Martinez, Greg (November 2004). "Stupid Dino Tricks: A Visit to Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land". Skeptical Inquirer.

"Dinosaur Adventure Land to be seized?". National Center for Science Education. July 31, 2009

Matson, Dave (December 10, 2002). "How Good Are Those Young-Earth Arguments: A Look at Hovind's arguments". Talk.Origins.

Weaver, Robert T.; Norris, Shirley (1999). "Unmasking the False Religion of Evolution, Based on the fact filled, and exciting seminars of Dr. Kent Hovind, Chapter 4: Evolution, the Foundation For Communism, Nazism and Socialism (part 5)". Creation Science Evangelism.

"Belief is so often the death of reason" - Qyburn, Game of Thrones

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