The dangers of magical thinking

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Oh, Ken Ham. You are truly a treasure for atheists and scientists. Every time Ham opens his mouth, something that highlights how ignorant and illogical the YEC movement really is comes out. So what did Ham say this time? Well, one of his latest blog posts over at AiG is Should You Fear an Asteroid Apocalypse? His answer is no, of course not, because the world will only end when Jesus says it will. And I’m not kidding about that.

To Ham, everything that happens in the universe isn’t governed by natural laws–it’s governed by God. I bet you didn’t know that asteroids don’t follow the laws of gravity and motion. Nope, they’re all individually controlled 24/7 by God, as if Jesus has each asteroid in the universe on a marionette string. Duh. Besides, Ham argues, you shouldn’t be preoccupied with asteroids hitting the earth–not when Jesus is coming for your immortal soul!

Except that’s total bullshit. We know it’s bullshit. Anyone with an internet connection and Google earth can clearly, plainly SEE that it’s bullshit. Exhibit A, ladies and gentlemen:

Vredefort crater in South Africa
Vredefort crater in South Africa
Acraman crater
Acraman crater
Woodleigh crater, Australia
Woodleigh crater, Australia

And these aren’t just tiny holes. Woodleigh and Acraman are 75 and 56 miles across respectively, and Vredefort has a radius of 118 miles. Imagine if something like that hit New York City. Or the ocean just off the coast–the resulting tidal wave would be massive. Of course, Ken Ham probably thinks Jesus dug those holes just for shits and giggles, probably while he was burying all of those dinosaur fossils. Or that God created them just to test man’s faith. And that’s the problem with the Ken Hams of the world: magical thinking blinds them to what’s right in front of their faces. It takes a deep, deeeeep ignorance, an almost infantile level frankly, to see something like this…


…and then turn around and say, “Asteroids? Nothing to see here, folks! Can’t happen! Back to church with you all!”

Of course, believing that an invisible man in the sky has a divine force field that protects the earth from asteroids is only part of the problem. The other part of the problem is that “immortal soul” mumbo jumbo. See, Ham and his ilk are more concerned with their future than the present. Specifically, they only care about what happens to their soul when they die. Considering that polls indicate most Christians believe they’re living in the end times, I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t just Ham and handful of loons. Of course, throughout history people have been convinced that it’s the end of days, and yet here we all are still.

But if you believe that there’s an afterlife, there’s room to justify ignoring the problems of the present. Because ultimately, what happens in this paltry 80 years while you’re alive will be nothing compared to the bliss that is heaven. In light of a belief in heaven, I’m honestly surprised that Ham and his YEC followers aren’t rooting for the asteroids–they’d certainly get to heaven faster.

All of this, everything begat by magical thinking, means that climate change gets denied or ignored. Asteroids, which were and are real threats, get ignored. Overfishing and polluting the oceans? Mass extinctions? Absolutely none of those things matter where your immortal soul is concerned…especially if you think the rapture is going to happen within your lifetime.

I know that there are Christians who view the bible as a call to be good stewards of the earth, and to them I say raise your voice. But even then, it may not matter, because the Ken Hams of the world vote, and they put people like Ted Cruz in charge of the Committee for Science and Competitiveness.

It leads to politicians who refuse to even entertain the idea of climate change, because they think that God promised he’d never flood the earth again so a warming of the planet would be impossible. It causes people to deny and cast out evolution, without which our understanding of medicine (that these same wackos benefit from) would suffer.

I can’t stop people from believing whatever nonsense they want. But I can try to stop it from being legislated and from affecting my life. If you want to spend your existence with your head buried in the sand, that’s your business and your right. But if your magical thinking in any way marginalizes my freedom or safety, then I’ll fight you until my last dying breath with every piece of logic and evidence at my disposal.



One thought on “The dangers of magical thinking

  1. The line of reasoning you outlined here is about as close to total insanity as you can get.

    How people can think like this is beyond me. I swear the more I look at the way religious types think the more I believe religion is a disease of the mind. It eats away at ones ability to evaluate evidence right before their eyes, and takes away the ability to reason. Damn near similar to Alzheimers.

    Nothing left but a drooling fool incapable of producing anything less than gibberish.

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