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Creationism Article in The Seoul Times Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Posted by henry000 in anti-evolution, biology, Christianity, creationism, evolution, fundamentalism, intelligent design, Korea, religion, science, Seoul, South Korea, Turkey, UK, United Kingdom.
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I came across this creationist article the other day and didn’t really pay too much attention to it, as it is yet another typical creationist fundie mumbo-jumbo. Then again on a second thought, this article seems just a little bit different to the other ones out there. You will note that the publisher is The Seoul Times – a South Korean based newspaper.

You’d thought that creationism is a peculiar US phenomenon? Well, it is not true anymore. For example, the recent creationism movement in Turkey is making great inroads in the Islamic world and has captured the attention of the media in the West. The recent Intelligent Design Movement is also making some noise under the ironic name of Truth in Science in the UK. And now, this article published in a Korean newspaper shows just perhaps creationism is also making progress in South Korea.

A while ago I posted an entry showing how the theory of evolution seems not very well accepted worldwide, however there is no data regarding South Korea, a country with a history of producing Christianity cults, so perhaps we must not be all that surprised by it.

This is what the article has to say:

We tend to judge something as being simple or complex by its size. So many of us assume that because the cell is microscopic in size that it must be simple. Not so!

Who has assumed that cells are simple? Certainly not the scientists who actually understand some biology – and if anything, they will be the ones who marvel at the amazing complexity of small biological entities. I haven’t come to this straw-man argument before.

The great British scientist Sir Frederick Hoyle has said that the probability of the sequence of molecules in the simplest cell coming into existence by chance is equivalent to a tornado going through a junk yard of airplane parts and assembling a 747 Jumbo Jet!

Please, no more mention of the Hoyle calculation and the junkyard 747 Jumbo Jet nonsense.

Even if scientists ever do create a whole living cell from scratch (and not just its DNA) it still would not be by chance but by intelligent design. Synthetic life is another form of genetic engineering. But God was there first! Remember that.

The writer litters the article with lots of exclamation marks. This is irritating.

I am right now shaking my head in disbelief just how naive and wrong the article is. I really don’t want to waste my time going through it and quoting the errors, because I might as well quote the entire article instead. I just want to point out that the only reason why I am writing about it now is the fact that it comes from a South Korea newspaper. You must go and read the entire article – it is quite incredible.

I restrain myself from calling people stupid or idiotic most of the time, but this stupid article makes one exception.

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