It’s the same old story. The consensus hides behind an appeal to authority while suppressing dissenting views by barring those who stray from the party line from discussion forums and attacking the dissenter instead of his arguments. We’ve seen it a thousand times.
Since the publication of Strangers and Aliens: A Christian Sci-fi Author Examines the Argument for Extraterrestrial Life, I’ve been targeted by fellow young earth creationists who hold a dogmatic anti-alien stance. The irony is that I usually find that evolutionists who hide behind consensus, especially when they prefer to attack the person rather than his arguments, are desperately trying to hide a glass chin. What am I to think of creationists who engage in the same sort of trollish behavior?
Since I dared to champion the mere possibility of extraterrestrial life and to challenge the false dichotomy that would have us believe that aliens are antithetical to the Bible, I have been called a false teacher [even though the Bible is silent on aliens] and accused of helping to usher in a Great End Times Deception that involves the AntiChrist and some sort of scenario in which fallen angels pose as ETs [an appeal to consequences, a logical fallacy wherein someone points out an alleged slippery slope or some other undesirable outcome and asks you to accept their position based on your opposition to the outcome rather than evaluating whether the opponent’s position is true or not]. I’ve been belittled by Gary Bates, author of Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection and CEO of Creation Ministries International [Creation.com], who compared my “individual considered opinion” to the opinions espoused on creation.com which he characterized as being “derived from a ‘multitude of counsellors’ including theologians and scientists with the aim of defending Genesis” [a faulty appeal to authority or consensus that asks you to take their argument on authority rather than engaging their opponent’s arguments]. He also beat the thatch out of a straw man argument I’ve never held and apparently felt that was sufficient to answer my counter-arguments to his anti-alien stance.
I was also booted out of a 1000+ member Young Earth Creationism group on Facebook based solely on the fact that I did not tow the party line. When I asked why my post was taken down, I was quoted the last paragraph of an article by ICR’s Frank Sherwin:
Creation scientists maintain that we will never receive messages or entertain intergalactic visitors from deep space simply because there are no such civilizations out there. “As far as the Scriptures are concerned, they teach unequivocally that the earth is uniquely the abode of man [Psalm 115:16 and Acts 17:20]… It seems grotesque and blasphemous to suggest that the tragedy of Calvary’s cross should be repeated on millions of other planets, for the benefit of other unknown and hypothetical members of God’s creation.”5 Theoretical speculations and imaginative evolution-based predictions aside, all research beyond Earth has shown that when it comes to organic
life — we’re it.
Note that the response claims that this is THE creationist position on the subject. Since that was the entirety of the admin’s response, I replied thus:
Am I not a creationist? I am the founder of CreationSundays.com. Look me up. By suppressing dissenting creationist views on this subject you are no better than an evolutionist!
Mind you, I wasn’t looking to impress this fellow with my credentials so much as my authenticity. Receiving no response, I attempted to further appeal the admin’s decision, only to find that he’d blocked me from sending him messages and had booted me out of the group for good measure!
By this time, I wasn’t surprised. Apparently, in the eyes of the Creationism Consensus, a dissenting creationist view is the same thing as a non-creationist view.
It’s hypocrisy to use the same tactics against a fellow creationist that we rightly criticize evolutionists for using. As Christians, we should be above this sort of lowbrow tactics. For the record, NONE of these folks who seek to belittle, demonize and suppress my dissenting view are bothering to engage the arguments I’m presenting, which is significant because they’re counter-arguments to the anti-alien consensus. You’d suppose that intellectual integrity would compel them to answer my challenge. Especially if they’re so sure of their position, as they claim.
Again, I sense a glass chin.
Others must sense it too, because the book is selling nicely, despite the aforementioned efforts of the Creationism Consensus to suppress, belittle and demonize me and my arguments. I encourage you to read the book for yourself and see whether or not my arguments hold water. At least then, if you still reject my argument, you can do so with intellectual integrity.
As for the Creationism Consensus, I offer the following advice, usually I reserved for evolutionists: Perhaps it would be wiser to comprehend what it is I believe before you bother to so vehemently object to it.
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