Bearding the lion

A long time ago, I heard a story about how young men in ancient times would prove their courage and manhood by sneaking up to the den of a lion, giving the lion’s beard a good sharp tug, and then running away without harming the lion. If I remember correctly, the bravest of the young men would do this without even bringing any weapons for self defense. The whole point of the exercise was to prove how bravely you could face a superior foe, and (ideally) to show that you were fast enough and agile enough to escape unscathed from such an encounter.

I can’t help but think that similar bravado lies behind creationists who try to take on people like Aron Ra, even though they’re going to get eaten alive, metaphorically speaking.


  1. OverlappingMagisteria says

    If that’s what the creationist was trying to do, he failed miserably. That guy walked into the lion’s den with no weapons, tugged the lion’s mane, and then sat down and allowed himself to be devoured.

    At least lion got a good meal.

  2. Trebuchet says

    Creationist Lion Bearding Method:
    1. Challenge evil atheist darwinist to a debate.
    2. Get your ass handed to you.
    3. Run away and declare victory on.

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