Sunday, March 15, 2009

Answers in Genesis censorship turns old-earther into young-earther

Commenter Tim H pointed me to a post at Tim Martin's Beyond Creation Science blog about another Answers in Genesis controversy. Old-earth creationist Charles Spurgeon delivered a June 17, 1855 sermon (four years before Darwin published Origin of Species) in which he stated that the earth had to be "many millions of years" old. When Answers in Genesis published that sermon on their website, they omitted that sentence, "We know not how remote the period of the creation of this globe may be-certainly many millions of years before the time of Adam."

After Martin pointed out the omission, Answers in Genesis inserted a footnote containing the omitted sentence, stating that this footnote was inadvertently omitted from their publication of the sermon. But they made no apologies for removing the sentence in question from its proper context and relegating it to a footnote.

UPDATE: AiG did more than just remove that sentence--they revised language throughout the sermon, which in some other areas also changed the intended meaning to bring it in line with young-earth creationist dogma.


Anonymous said...

This is not the first time this despicable quote-mining act of AiG is being reported. Planet Preterist, a site dealing with the Christian doctrine of preterism (believing all the prophesies of the bible have been fulfilled when Romans sacked Jerusalem in 70 AD), made this known before you brought it up on your blog.

Why Doesn't Answers in Genesis Tell You the Truth?

Danny Boy, FCD said...

Wow, that is sheer dishonesty. This is just another reason why everyone should doubt any reference or quote given by a creationist. Not only do they misquote evolutionists, they misquote from their own side.

Jim Lippard said...

Crazyharp: The Planet Preterist posting is also by Timothy P. Martin. You're right that this has been out there for a few weeks, but it was new to me.