Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins appeared in an online cameo earlier this month during which he mocked God as "lazy" and "redundant," proclaiming that science continues to make the concept of a higher power "completely unnecessary" — quips and claims that creationist leader Ken Ham took issue with on his blog this week.
"If you want to be useful, you could do us all a favor and simply vanish?" Dawkins said during a mock conversation with God on the "Mr. Deity" show, an online series that pokes fun at religion. "The whole of your precious creation was made by evolution and you didn't have to lift a finger to help it along. You're completely redundant. Not just lazy — even if you weren't lazy there'd be nothing for you to do."
Ham, though, took serious issue with these quips, writing on his blog Monday that the "Mr. Deity" episode was merely a wrong-headed attempt "to make fun of God." The creationist leader, who founded Answers in Genesis, a Christian nonprofit, proceeded to explain why he believes Dawkins is wrong about God's existence.
"Dawkins claims that evolution has destroyed any need for God because we don’t need a Creator to get us here because everything can be explained naturalistically," Ham wrote. "Really, Dawkins has placed his faith in his religion of evolution and millions of years."
Watch the Dawkins segment below:
Ham went on to say that evolution is "historical science" and that it can not be tested or observed, affirming his belief that there are natural laws at play that God set into motion. He also issued a warning to any Bible-believers who entertain or embrace Dawkins' belief in evolution.
"Dawkins’ comments should stand as a warning to those who compromise with man’s ideas of evolution and millions of years. They are opening the door to compromising with the rest of God’s Word," Ham said. "After all, if you can’t trust God’s Word in the very beginning, then where do you stop doubting? If we can’t trust God’s words in Genesis, then why should we trust God’s Word in the Gospels?"
The creationist leader said that Dawkins' behavior and overt rejection of God are akin to covering his ears and his eyes in an effort to ignore the very God who Ham believes created mankind.
"Really, billions of years and evolution are an anti-God religion, and we must recognize them as such," he wrote. "Satan is very clever and is using the same attack he used on Eve, the Genesis 3 attack of 'did God really say?' to make people question God’s clear Word. Ultimately, he wants to lead people to reject God entirely, like Dawkins does."
Creation Museum head Ken Ham speaks during a debate on evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye, not shown, at the Creation Museum Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Petersburg, Ky. (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, Matt Stone)
There are three camps Americans generally fall in when it comes to expressing their views on creation: they believe God created human beings in their current form, humans evolved through a God-guided process or that God was not at all involved.
According to the latest Gallup data on the subject, the largest proportion of Americans — 42 percent — believe that God created human beings in their present form, with just 19 percent saying that humans evolved without the Lord’s guidance.
Additionally, 31 percent believe mankind evolved, but with God guiding the process. Read more about these proportions here.
(H/T: Christian Post)