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Though he states that as a science teacher he wants to keep an open mind, he also says that if the Bible says that something was created in a particular way, then that's just what happened.
He admits that there is nothing new in the thesis, and it is just an explanation of the things that he has learned. Chapter descriptions are included: Chapter 1 is the history of evolution; chapter 2 is evolution as a religion; chapter 3 allegedly deals with the effects of evolution, and chapter 4, allegedly with the age of the Earth. The twelve missing chapters reminiscent of the 12 lost tribes of Israel are described also: Hovind begins with a non-standard definition of evolution - that with time, things left to themselves can improve - and a ramble about thermodynamics.
For the first time evolution is described as a religion hang on to your hats. He then proceeds to a long pair of inaccurate definitions of microevolution and macroevolution. Hovind then begins the actual purported history of evolution, starting with Satan, whom he believes fell from heaven about years after the creation of Adam and Eve.
It is alleged that the snake brought the theory of evolution to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. No Bible verses are cited to substantiate this assertion. Then there are nearly three pages of Biblical quotations dealing with pride and how God hates it.
Pride and evolution are conjoined in Hovind's mind because evolution allegedly teaches that man is its ultimate product.
Evolution proceeded through Cain, Hovind goes on, and continued to be propagated after the Flood BC , like a virus. Pride caused Ham to laugh at the naked Noah, so Ham's son, Canaan, was cursed! After the fall of Babel, the people dispersed all over the world and the religion of evolution bing went with them. Ancient Greek civilization, from Thales to Alexander, takes it on the chin next, with a regurgitation of the Henry Morris-type biographies that I saw when I visited the Institute for Creation Research.
Since Hovind's only reference in this chapter is a passing mention of Henry Morris' The Long War Against God , I suspect that most of this material is rehashed from that book. Having trashed Western civilization, Hovind gives thumbnail sketches of Eastern religions Hinduism, Confucianism, Zoroasterism, Buddhism, and Taoism , but has very little to say about how they relate to the subject of this chapter until the big whammy - Hovind alleges that communist takeovers of these countries were very simple because their religions did not place much importance on God.
Kinda makes you wonder how they did so well as civilizations until communist takeovers within the last years. According to Hovind, evolution also made an easy entry into these cultures, as it did not challenge the existing religions. It is interesting that there is no mention of evolution in Chinese or Indian literature, and that it took a couple of mid-nineteenth century Europeans to formulate the theory of evolution!
After a page of digression about how to reach people who have been brainwashed by evolution, Hovind takes on the early Christians. Clement tried to make God a pantheist God; the Alexandrians rewrote parts of the Bible; Origen taught Genesis as a myth; Augustine was a theistic evolutionist.
Islam is squeezed in here also, and it is alleged that this religion accepts evolution. Tell that one to your favorite Islamic fundamentalist!
No supporting evidence or references are given for any of these assertions. Hovind then concentrates on the secular, early evolutionary thinkers, and it is here that the poor writing style is most evident. These short, choppy biographies include more commentary on lifestyle than on science. Since I am precluded from direct quotations, but want to make the reader aware of the style, here is the identical sentence structure of one of the biographies, substituting Charles Darwin as the subject of the biographical sketch: He was born in and died about He was very anti-Christian and tried to influence anyone he could not to believe in God.
He was very full of godless ideas. He was a very avid agnostic, racist, and an evolutionist. He believed in a great infinite age of the universe. He was very influential in furthering the ideas of evolution, particularly in the country of England. Substantial numbers of sentences are of the "He was" or "He did" type.
This is not typical of postgraduate-level writing; high schools and colleges encourage complex, varied and interesting sentence structure. Erasmus Darwin is described as a very fat, immoral doctor. The number of legitimate children 12 and illegitimate children 2 are listed, as is this Darwin's tendency to have affairs. The section on Lyell is shot through with flood geology and references to II Peter 3 the scoffers verse.
It is mentioned that Lyell was a lawyer by trade, not a geologist. Though any good history of science book details the development of the geologic column in the years prior to Lyell, Hovind inaccurately states that Lyell developed the column. Darwin's contributions are summarized as a justification for nasty social consequences like child labor and sweatshops. The racism prevalent in the mids is exploited and is supported by a magazine quotation!
This is a recurring theme with Hovind today, who seems oblivious to the fact that the Christians of that time period tended to have the same racist ideas. Haeckel and the recapitulation theory are tied to Adolf Hitler and as a justification for abortion.
Freud is mentioned briefly, as are Julian and Aldous Huxley, the latter being blamed for the drug culture of the s. Teach evolution only which he says is done now , teach creation only, teach them both, or teach nothing concerning origins.
While these options may be worthy of discussion, they are not germane to the topic at hand. The remainder of this chapter is largely a discussion of Humanist Manifesto and Humanist Manifesto II and an attempt to link the theory of evolution to humanism, thereby making it a religion. There are also undated and uncited quotations by "evolutionists" such as Sir Arthur Keith: We believe it because the only alternative is special creation and that is unthinkable".
From this, Hovind concludes that evolution is a religion bing , and restates this one page later bing. After a lament about how preachers are portrayed in movies and TV, Hovind digresses to an attack on what he perceives as the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record using out-of-context and uncited quotations by Gould and Eldredge, D. Woodruff, and a Newsweek article. One last mention of evolution-as-religion bing and an evolution-as-faith bing , and the chapter concludes with Romans 1: In this last section Hovind perpetuates the creationists' oft-repeated-but-never-cited Arthur Keith quotation.
The quotation is probably really revised from a D. Watson quotation in a article in the journal Nature. Even if it is somehow traceable to Arthur Keith , it is outdated and probably out-of-context. Pages are identical to pages ; page 56 is repeated nearly verbatim on page 63 and again on page The Newsweek quotation on page 55 shows up intact on page 65; D. Woodruff, as well as Gould and Eldredge from page 55, are reprised on page There is also an attempt to link evolution with acceptance of abortion.
Towards the end of the chapter evolution or the waste of class time teaching it is blamed for the crisis in science education, and the fact that students in other countries score higher than US students never mind that many of them come from countries where evolution is taught without apology.
The remaining eleven pages are composed of a disjointed ramble about how great it is to live in a free country where we are free to discuss these issues not great enough, apparently, to pay income taxes! The evolution-as-religion bing mantra continues. There is another inaccurate description of microevolution and this is followed immediately by a Scientific America [sic] quotation about the inflationary universe and an exhortation for those who want to teach evolution to start private schools.
More partially-cited quotations by "evolutionists" are used to "prove" that since evolution cannot be detected within the lifetime of a single observer, it's a religion bing , and yet another evolution-as-religion bing statement. A discussion about the separation of church and state follows, including an assertion that the first amendment precludes the teaching of evolution because evolution is a religion bing.
The last three pages of this chapter are a rehash of Hovind's caricature of evolution no fossil record, no observation, no experimentation, evolution-as-religion bing. Rather than drawing his evidence about the effects of evolution sparse as it is to a conclusion, the chapter ends with a discussion of life on the moon and the pads the lunar lander needed because scientists feared a deep layer of cosmic dust!
I have focused on the content of this chapter in particular to demonstrate Hovind's inability to stick to the topic, which was, after all, the EFFECTS of evolution. If one read the chapter without knowing the title, one would be clueless about its subject.
Hovind has success in some debates because he uses the same style: He refuses to participate in long-term exchanges via the Internet or other media where these issues can be discussed in depth and where his material is easily refuted and HAS BEEN refuted. As an example, I have retained Hovind's sentence structure in his introductory paragraph on time, but changed the subject to a discussion of money: First we will look at the subject of money. Lack of billions of dollars is the Achilles heel to [sic] Democrats.
According to these metrics, a student in the 7th grade should be able to fully understand Kent's "doctoral research". The Automated Readability Index is another way of calculating the approximate grade required for a student to fully understand a piece of written work. Once again, the average 7th-grade student approximately 12—13 years old should be able to fully comprehend Kent's new research. None of these metrics are damning in and of themselves; all else being equal, being able to express one's ideas in simple and accessible language is a good thing.
However, there is a difference between expressing complex ideas in simple language and merely having simplistic ideas. Taken in the context of the thesis's other flaws, it becomes clear that complexity of thought was never among Hovind's issues.
While Hovind was in federal prison, he wrote another dissertation for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Patriot. Unlike his first dissertation, this one was written without chapters it does have seven appendices.
In , it was published as an ebook titled What on Earth is about to happen.. Hovind appears to have copied some sort of standard format for the front matter of his 'dissertation': Presumably, this is a placeholder for a real publisher logo — but Kent completely forgot about this.
The verso of the title page which normally contains the publishing data, such as ISBN, catalogue data, and the publisher's address has a similar flaw, showing the text. In real books and dissertations, the "xxxxx-xxx-x" sequence is replaced by a proper ISBN number. Also note that "Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data" normally also contains a few keywords about the book in this case, "Christianity" and "Eschatology" would be the most likely, though "complete BS " would also not be wrong.
Hovind claims to have spent four years on this 'dissertation', but looked at this page and failed to see that something was missing. He even managed to misspell the dissertation's title: The RMF board election has been counted!
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