On Friday June 6th, I presented a lecture at the University of Adelaide entitled “8 Reasons Why Evolution is Foolish” to an audience of about 55, filling about half of the seating in a small lecture theatre. I spoke on the topic for about 60 minutes presenting my 8 reasons via 8 questions which, so far, have not been answered by evolutionists. Following the lecture we had about 40 minutes of Q&A. The video of the lecture is here.
An organised group of atheists turned out to “strike a blow for science against creationism and the supernatural” by taking me on. That is what they claimed on their website.1 See left excerpt.
There were about 10 members of some atheist club, who peppered themselves through the audience. After the event one guy identified himself as president of some atheist club, so it is clear they came with an action plan. I had been forewarned that something like this might happen as one contact told me that there had been a lot of activity on a university-connected FB page about this event. But their arguments and the questions they put to me in the Q&A were a total failure.
From their own community website (pictured below) they planned to make me look foolish as I suppose they felt intimidated by my use of the word ‘foolish’ in my lecture title. I know this to be true because one of them asked, why do I call evolutionists foolish? But I deny (and did deny) that as I have not done so. I call the hypothesis of ‘evolution’ foolish. That is, the idea that from pond scum all life on earth evolved, over some alleged past history of several billion years.During the Q&A one atheist, who declared that he was really agnostic, said that he actually enjoyed the lecture, except for when I promoted a few books at the end. But no one really addressed any of my 8 questions in any substantive way. The atheists tried to pose questions to trip me up, the usual straw men, but they never made any real ‘blows.’
From the post on their community website, it is clear, that was their intention—to get a blow in against me. But alas, it seems, I did not give them the satisfaction. I offered to debate an atheist or evolutionist but told them the university would never sponsor such an event. I think they know that would be the case.
It does not seem to scare them that their stated purpose is to ‘strike a blow…against…the supernatural.’ I suppose if there is no god, you wouldn’t be. But I can’t be too critical of them because when I was in my first few years as an undergrad student at the University of Western Australia in the 1970s I was an atheist, and I was active against Christian groups by arguing with them, engaging them wherever I could. I disputed in a similar manner.
I believed in science, that it had all the answers. Actually, I know now that I believed in ‘scientism.’ We must recognise that this a spiritual battle we wage here. By pure reasoning, I could not have been convinced of the truth of the biblical history back then. It took direct revelation from the Creator himself who revealed Himself to me, and brought me to my knees in humble repentance. Thank God for that!
But I know now that back then I was not neutral. I was at war against the supernatural, because I did not want to humble my pride and bring myself under His law.
These men and women are doing the same. Please pray that they also may come to know His grace and love.
The following are two comments from the audience who were clearly in support of my efforts.
“… [there were] questions stemming from genuine interest, to not so subtle attempts to show the idiocy of the eight reasons. All questions were handled with wisdom and tact by A/Prof Hartnett, and despite the somewhat hostile audience, I think everyone walked away with a much better understanding of what creationists do (and don’t) believe, and that their position is much more reasonable than most would like to admit.” Luke (student at University of Adelaide)
“Most of the questions came across in the usual way to try and trip up the speaker. And there was a vacuous/silly comment from what sounded like a Theistic Evolutionist. You could see the cogs turning in some minds after question time. An excellent presentation.” Russell
Here is my report on the first lecture I gave a few months earlier: WHY BELIEVE IN GOD IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE?
Here is a link to the book I recommended at the end of the lecture: The Creation Answers Book. The chapters are freely available for download as pdf’s.
Update: YouTube video of the lecture.
- www.meetup.com/AtheistCommunitySA/events/187052722/ accessed 8 June 2014
- THE DELUSION OF EVOLUTION
- THE BIG BANG IS NOT A REASON TO BELIEVE!
- THE ANISOTROPIC SYNCHRONY CONVENTION MODEL AS A SOLUTION TO THE CREATIONIST STARLIGHT-TRAVEL-TIME PROBLEM — PART I
- THE ANISOTROPIC SYNCHRONY CONVENTION MODEL AS A SOLUTION TO THE CREATIONIST STARLIGHT-TRAVEL-TIME PROBLEM — PART II
- STARLIGHT TRAVEL TIME IN THE UNIVERSE
- A SOLUTION TO THE CREATIONIST STARLIGHT-TRAVEL-TIME PROBLEM
- CANCER IN OUR SOCIETY
- IS THE BIBLE RELEVANT IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE?
- THE HEAVENS DECLARE A DIFFERENT STORY!
- MODERN BIBLICAL CREATIONIST THINKING
- HOW DO WE SEE DISTANT GALAXIES IN A 6000 YEAR OLD UNIVERSE?
- WHY IS A 6000-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSE SO HARD TO BELIEVE?
- Book: Dismantling the Big Bang: God’s Universe Rediscovered
- Book: Starlight Time and the New Physics
- DVD: Starlight Time and the New Physics