Conservapedia Follies

I’ve been trying to correct some of the more wacky articles dealing with science at Conservapedia (imagine Uncyclopedia without a sense of humor ;) and not having much luck since the more interesting ones are locked by the looniest nut in that asylum head of the project; e.g. he doesn’t want to admit an “atheistic explanation” about the origin of the moon (“Only one sun and only one moon: this uniqueness may reflect the existence of only one God.” don’t you know?).  I’ve tried to inject a little bit of intellectual honesty by starting a quote mining entry… the article has been marked as “proposed for deletion” though, so we’ll see what happens.

The main problem here really is that “conservative” is being used as a code-word for ‘fundamentalist christian’ and the project has an unwritten commandment that articles shall defend the faith; as per Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  This is the antithesis of science and so I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make any real progress there, but anyway, I thought I’d share a couple notable quotes that might actually get them to think for a few seconds:

Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he hold to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods and on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason? Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion.Augustine

Are you telling lies for God and not telling the whole truth when you argue his case? If he took you to court, could you fool him, just as you fool others?Job 13:7-9 (CEV)


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