Tuesday, 28 August 2007


Okay, I'm somewhat late to the party on this one, but creationist Robert Bowie Johnson Jr. has a website where he insists that ancient Greek art portrays biblical characters as historical figures, and advocates name-calling as a prime method of argument:

It's a simple matter of name-calling—accurate name-calling. Forget the euphemistic terms Darwinist, naturalist, and evolutionist. Call them what they imagine they are: Mutants and Slime-Snake-Monkey-People. Sooner or later, with many of them, the idiotic and unscientific nature of Slime-Snake-Monkeyism will sink in. If they object to being called by these names, all we have to do is ask them why.

Classy. But what really gets me is this paragraph, where he portrays possibly the least ability to see things from the other person's point of view ever:
Did ancient Greek architects, sculptors, painters, and laborers toil for 15 years elevating those magnificent sculptures on the Parthenon, believing all the while that the artistic themes represented nothing more than "myths"? Is that our rationale for building monuments today? Elevating "myths"? Only a moron would answer these questions in the affirmative. And yet the academic and scientific worlds today, abetted by mainstream journalists, continue to assert categorically that ancient sculptors and vase-artists spent their entire working lives portraying nothing more than "myths." Why do they believe this?

No wait. He's right. No-one would do that.

(Hat-tip: Stranger Fruit and Pharyngula)

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