In the mood for a good laugh? Check this out: creationists have launched a journal. The goal of their Answers research journal is to do ‘cutting-edge creation research’ (first joke). It is supposed to be a ‘professional, peer-reviewed thechnical journal (2nd&3rd joke) for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific (4th joke) and other relevant (5th joke) research from the perspective of the recent Creation and the global Flood within a biblical framework’.
The journal is (of course) for free. So check its online version out right now. The current volume counts around 26 pages !! A first article deals with how and when bacteria are ‘created’ and is entitled: Microbes and the Days of Creation. You won’t believe your ears. To my own surprise, bacteria do not seem to be evolved over some milions of years…no no, they are ‘created’ (6th joke) in a single week (7th joke). How did Alan L. Gillen, the author find that out?
Well, he says that: ‘I once believed that all microbes were simply created on Day Three—with all the plants (and seed-bearing life)’ then, he states that ‘Upon further reflection on the origin of microbes, I realized that not all microbes could be classified as “seed-bearing” life, like plants, cyanobacteria, or photosynthetic bacteria’ and then:’Upon further reflection, I concluded that it is much more likely that God created the microbes as “biological systems” on multiple days of creation’.
Isn’t this funny? The author sat down in his expensive armchair, smoking a fat cigar. He gazed into the sky, grasped his chin and thaught: It would be nice that bacteria were ‘created’ on the moments that I want (!) and cover my hobby up in a new journal. Someone will buy this, no?
First of all: the answers research journal is NOT a scientific journal. Scientific methodology does NOT rely on ‘I once believed’. Science is not performed in armchairs: (further) reflections are good but are by no means proof of new findings. Note that an article in this journal should not necessarily contain a section about methodology (see Instructions to the authors manual): THINKING that something is true is probably already enough !
Secondly: the whole thing of creation is crap, and dear Alan L. Gillen: stinking and rotten fish, even wrapped in a fancy paper is still stinking !
Thirdly: would you, dear Alan L. Gillen, take a drug that is designed ‘upon further reflection’ by an ‘armchair scientist’ to cure you from cancer, or would you take a pill that contains a compound that has been found through scientific methodology? Of course, you would love to take that second one – because deep in your heart you know that you are wrong – but you are so afraid to be kicked out of your creation-friends’ gang that you would (of course) take the first one!
May the bacteria bless you (very hard)….