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Ray Comfort on Fossils

Ray Comfort is now writing a weekly column for the Worldnutdaily and, after a couple months of it, I’m struck by just how entirely vapid they are. The columns are supposed to be responses to statements from atheists, but he doesn’t even attempt to make an actual argument. Like this one, in response to a question about fossils:

I have even seen thousands of fossils in the “Evolution” museum in Paris. I took a camera crew there a few years ago to look for the evidence for evolution, but they didn’t even have an evolution display. All they had was a stuffed monkey in a back area, with “Lucy” written on it. I did the same thing with the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. All they had was a family of hairy mannequins, squatting around a fire. Every other display contained simply examples of God’s creation.

Of course I believe in fossils, but I don’t believe in the unobservable bogus science called “evolution,” of which there is no empirical evidence. Anything that is said to be evidence always necessitates faith. I don’t believe, because I’m a skeptic when it comes to evolution.

That’s it. That’s his response. He might as well have said nothing at all. I’d love to hear him explain the patterns in the fossil record. Hell, I’d love to hear any creationist explain those patterns with anything other than common descent.

Comments

  1. tsig says

    So when he looks at a fossil he sees god’s work. Sounds like people I’ve met who tell me the evidence for god is all around and when I don’t agree call me blind and stupid. I always suspected it was the result of poor toilet training.

  2. jamessweet says

    A lot of science museums do have rather poor coverage of evolution, largely because of pressure from douchebags like Comfort. Nevertheless, his characterization of what is there is absolutely bizarre.

    In any case, this is the money quote:

    Anything that is said to be evidence always necessitates faith.

    Ray Comfort has basically declared himself to be a nihilist.

  3. MikeMa says

    Ray is, himself a fossil. An anachronistic creationist fossil. Unable to see, evaluate, change. Well done Ray.

  4. says

    We don’t even need old fossils to use as evidence against young earth creationism. One can look at such strands of evidence as genetics and archaeology. The oldest genetic haplotype is found among the San people of Southern Africa, not the people of the Middle East. If Genesis would true, there would be a trove of evidence in support of human migration from the Middle East into Africa and yet we see the opposite. The greatest genetic and linquistic diversity exists in Africa, which is also evidence of human origin in Africa.

  5. Ulysses says

    Comfort makes a very good living out of being a creationist. He could be shown elaborate, detailed evidence for evolution and he’s reject it. Upton Sinclair explains why:

    It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.

  6. iknklast says

    I don’t think he went to the Smithsonian. They have many fossils. He’s just lying for Jesus.

  7. Phillip IV says

    I remember getting into a fight with my older brother when we were kids. His best argument came down to a (weak enough) “You gotta do it, because I’m older”. The only reply I could think of was: “I’m not gonna do it, because I’m older!” Naturally, that argument was so patently counter-factual that it didn’t fly, but it was the best I could come up with at that age.

    Ray Comfort seems to be permanently stuck at that level of argument, or maturity, because it’s essentially what he’s doing here: He’s taking the opposing argument and simply turns it around, ignoring the inconvenient little fact that it just happens to not be true.

  8. kantalope says

    Sure he was at the Smithsonian…Air and Space Museum.

    I imagine Comfort or one of his ‘kind’ on CSI:
    Comfort: But this guy is already dead. What can I do with that?
    Autopsy Gremlin: Well, there is that trail of blood and the bloody footprints – maybe you could follow the evidence?
    Comfort: No. No one was here to see it. There is no way to figure out where the blood came from. The footprints? They might have always been there. Nope – this one will have to be chalked up as an act of god. Right. Miller Time! Good Work, boys.

  9. Doc Bill says

    Comfort is a liar.

    I’ve been to the Evolution Museum in Paris and it doesn’t have “thousands” of fossils on display. In fact, it has very few aside from the big whale in the front. It’s mostly “stuffed animals.” Fossils, not so much. It’s not a fossil museum.

    I was most impressed by the African ungulates with about 50 species in a big herd. The similarities and differences were remarkable, evident and the display was very powerful from that standpoint.

    But, my favorite exhibit was a mechanical “diorama” from the 1890’s that showed the extinction of the dodo with little sailing ships approaching land, sailors walking on shore and clubbing dodos. Amazing piece of machinery.

    Getting back to Comfort, he’s a liar. That is all.

  10. says

    Comfort has so little respect for his readership that he’s not even trying. The Smithsonian Natural History Museum has an evolution exhibit that literally spans the entire facility. It begins with ancient ammonites and culminates in an entire room devoted to hominin evolution.

  11. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton

    Not surprised his new column is on World Nut Daily of all places.

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    I’d love to hear him explain the patterns in the fossil record.

    Actually, the fossil record is one thing that the (less stupid) YECs don’t have much problem with, or not any more than with geology. They can just fall back on the old Catholic story of the Earth being created complete with evidence of prior processes, fossils, etc.

    Of course that raises its own problems, such as why the supposedly omnibenevolent Creator would deliberately set a trap to mislead people, but since this is the same Creator/Judge who set things up to eternally torment people who refuse to believe one religion without evidence out of scores of others with no worse basis …

  13. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    “I did the same thing with the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.”

    Which of the many buildings were you in, Ray? The Smithsonian Institution has 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

    As I recall, the building with the towers has very few fossils.

  14. says

    I want to know what he means by “the “Evolution” museum.” Is there a museum that is specifically dedicated to evolution? That said, maybe there should be an Evolution museum. Maybe call it, the “Museum of Evolutionary Biology,” or something cool like that. Such a worthy scientific concept deserves its own museum. I’d donate money to see one built.

  15. says

    Of course I believe in fossils, but I don’t believe in the unobservable bogus science called “evolution,” of which there is no empirical evidence. Anything that is said to be evidence always necessitates faith. I don’t believe, because I’m a skeptic when it comes to evolution.

    Argument from incredulity.

    If Banana Man didn’t have his logical fallacies, he’d have nothing to write at all.

  16. says

    I believe he never saw fossils, as he was probably looking at the floor mumbling, “Remember to ask if they ever sinned before, remember to ask if they ever sinned before, remember to ask…”

  17. gardengnome says

    “Of course I believe in fossils…”

    Well, that’s a great ‘comfort’ to us all!

  18. zmidponk says

    Maybe he didn’t see the evidence of evolution in the Paris museum because it was explained in French?

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