Paul Taylor’s Fickle Exactness

Paul Taylor’s Fickle Exactness

Paul Taylor, who helps Eric Hovind run the family misinformation mill in the absence of his father Kent, accuses people who think Noah’s Ark was just a story of not having done our homework:

Question 1: How did they all fit on the boat and who put them in there? Don’t forget that there were two of each specie(sic) (male & female) 

[…] The questioner makes a more serious error, however, by not actually reading the Bible. If he had read the account in Genesis, then he would have realized that the biblical account does not even refer to “species.” Instead, it refers to kind. The Hebrew word for kind is mîn. For this reason, creation biologists have started to use their own technical term for this grouping of creatures—baramin. The Hebrew bara means “created,” so baramin is a created kind.

Got that, scoffers? Specific words have specific meanings, and unless you’re careful to use just the right word, you’re arguing against a straw man!

For example:

Question 4: Didn’t Noah have to wait for many years to get the snail on-board?

Noah did not take invertebrates onto the Ark, only animals with lungs (Genesis 7:15). Invertebrates can survive such conditions.

Spineless, lungless, eh, what’s the dif’?

Anatomical snail diagram
Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Aside from the absence of a spine, note the presence of a rather large lung, which Taylor says doesn’t exist.

Of course, that’s just a diagram. That snail lung could be as fictitious as dragons and unicorns. How about a photo?

Snail lung. Photo by salyangoz, from here.

Yeah, but that’s ‘shopped. I can tell by the pixels. Pixels are scoffers. Well-known fact, that.

One thought on “Paul Taylor’s Fickle Exactness

  1. If there was only one pair of each kind on the Ark, there must have been a whole lot of speciation going on in the next few centuries before we started noticing how many species of each kind there are.

    But creationists keep telling me that speciation is impossible! You can’t create new genetic information, they say.

    Who to believe?

    1. there must have been a whole lot of speciation going on in the next few centuries

      Yup. In fact, Ken Ham’s creation museum has a rhinoceros skeleton with a plaque that reads

      the pair of rhinoceroses on the Ark diversified into perhaps 200-300 species in the first couple centuries after the Flood.

      Call it roughly one new species a year. But they’ll argue that it’s not evolution because even though they’re different species, they’re still the same kind, i.e., they’re all rhinos. Never mind that no evolutionary biologist would dare suggest that rhinos can evolve this quickly.

      Either that, or it’s “adaptation”, which is a type of allele change in a population over generations that somehow isn’t evolution.

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