Creationist Ken Ham picks fight with NASA’s John Glenn: ‘You cannot turn an amoeba into an astronaut’
Infamous creationist Ken Ham recently blasted several former NASA scientists for suggesting that evolution should be taught in schools, and that science could coexist with religious faith.
Earlier this month, former Hubble Space Telescope scientist Dr. Leslie Wickman told The Church Boys podcast that she could believe in both science and religion because there was only an “illusion of conflict… perpetuated by people at the extremes of the dialogue.”
And 93-year-old John Glenn explained to The Associated Press that religious parents should welcome evolution being taught to their children.
“I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact,” Glenn insisted. “It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”
But in a blog post last week, Ham lashed out at the former NASA astronauts for “ignoring many theological and scientific problems.”
“Firstly, there is the problem of death before sin. Genesis 1:31 tells us that everything God made was ‘very good,'” Ham wrote. “But if God used evolution to create, then He used a process of millions of years of death, disease, bloodshed and suffering to create life. He then looked over millions of years of death, bloodshed, suffering, disease, and animal carnivory and called it ‘very good.'”
“The God who calls death “the last enemy” (1 Corinthians 15:26) and will eventually destroy it in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14) would not call death and suffering “very good.” This is a major theological problem with evolution and millions of years—and it’s just one of many!” the creationist opined.
Additionally, Ham asserted that blue stars would have already burned out if the Universe was billions of years old.
“Scientists posit that they must be forming spontaneously even in modern times in order for them to remain so populous all throughout the universe. Yet scientists have never observed even one forming! This confirms a young universe, not a billions-of-years-old one.”
“Biological evolution also has huge problems. For example, evolution requires the addition of huge amounts of brand-new information into the DNA of a creature in order for new features to arise,” he continued. “But there is no known process that adds brand-new information into the genome of a creature.”
“But without new information you absolutely cannot turn an amoeba into an astronaut no matter how much time you have! Evolution just cannot happen.”