And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2
What does one put into a petri dish to create a clone of The Interpreter of the Mysteries who has condescended to come down to us in human form?
I can’t recall ever hearing about Kent Hovind before this month. But when the Hagmann, Quayle, Zilinksy, former Prophecy Club speakers started fussing over the martyrdom of a man who calls himself Dr. Dino, I decided to take a second look. Yesterday I listened to Dr. Scott Johnson of Contending for the Truth, formerly a Prophecy Club speaker, lament the travesty of injustice done against Kent Hovind. He describes him as a humble man who has brought many to salvation, who will greatly be rewarded in heaven. Now Coach Dave Daubenmire has entered the fray, suggesting that Hovind should be tried by a jury of his peers, i.e. Christians who believe in creation, and not evolution. Well, put me on that jury! I am a King James Bible Believer and once held membership in an independent fundamentalist Baptist church, etc. etc. etc.
When I first heard the laments about Hovind’s tax judgments, I found the claims that he is being persecuted for his creation views to be dubious, and thought that if anyone was persecuting him, there must be a deeper reason. Well, I listened further to the things said on his behalf, and decided to search the internet for clues to this mysterious martyr of the faith, and found loads of information from friends and foes alike.
In short, Kent Hovind is a tax fraud, pure and simple, and deserving of a prison sentence. However, he seems to regard himself as The Interpreter of the Mysteries, come down in human form, and therefore he is above all those laws imposed on us mere mortals, whether it be tax laws, building permits, or what have you. Hovind has been praised for taking a vow of poverty, which me thinks that this is a vow which is easy to keep while in prison. But if you read the Wikipedia article on Kent Hovind note the amount of money he had made in one year on dinosaur/creation merchandise! The fact that his supporters have misrepresented the facts of his case, causes me to understand the depth of their own depravity a little better.
I am most disappointed that Dr. Scott Johnson has gone down to Pensacola in support of Kent Hovind, as I rather like Johnson as a person. But this action of his causes me to wonder if he is suffering from strong delusion, and not deserving of his “calling” as another Watchman on the wall. When the atheists on the web can quote the correct scriptures as a rebuttal to Kent Hovind’s fraudulent character, then it is time to back up, and have a second look.
I trust no one, especially one who claims to be a Christian, who obtains his degrees from unaccredited colleges. Why this need to be referred to as a Doctor? What does Dr. Dino think 2 Timothy 2:15 means when it commands, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” Does Hovind think that God approves of a lazy evangelist who has to fake his way through his “calling” as a “creation science evangelist”? What scriptures even back up such an approach to evangelism? Hovind made a great amount of money selling merchandise in connection with his dinosaur business, and apparently never filed a tax return. One critic of Hovind’s Dinosaur exhibit said it was shabby, shabby, shabby. Could Dr. Dino’s theme park not even get one compliment such as “Shabby Chic“?
I once was a member of an independent fundamentalist church, and attended three others, and I am very familiar with their doctrine. I grew tired of preachers who refused to preach the whole counsel of God, and so I sought it elsewhere. While some persons who investigated Kent Hovind were unable to get a copy of his doctoral dissertation, I found a copy at www.wistorage.net/file/kent-hovind-dissertation. It is a peculiar read, as if he had taken several years of sermon notes scrawled on the back of church worship guides, and threw them into his thesis. Now Hovind’s dissertation is a bit odd, as I cannot locate an actual clear thesis statement, one which identifies his “claim” followed by a “because” statement of reason. Precision seems to a feature of evidence which is lacking in Hovind’s thesis, as well as in his speech and other writings. We must understand that a thesis is a statement or argument, supported by evidence, which should be convincing to a critical reader.
For some reason Hovind keeps referring to his dissertation as a book, over and over again. Perhaps while he was assembling this document, he was hoping to later sell it in book form in his Dino gift shop someday. Maybe this is his thesis: “In this book I’ll be covering, in a nutshell, the creation/evolution controversy. I will explain why it is so important, the effects that the theory of evolution has had on our society, the creation alternative, and what we should do about it the problem.”
Why not a thesis statement such as, “The theories of evolution are unsupportable by scientific research, because evolution was in fact created as a justification for worshiping the creature, rather than the Creator”? But no, to muddy the waters further, Hovind continues on, “I only ask that you realistically look at the ideas presented and ask yourself the simple question, ‘Does this key open the lock, does this answer the question?’ If it does–it just might be right.” It just might be right? When you introduce the “Uncertainty Principle” into your “thesis”, how can I be convinced by anything you say? How about clarifying what your dissertation is asserting? How about having a conclusion based on evidence, which the reader can grasp? Shouldn’t a dissertation contain a few footnotes, and maybe some source quotes from the evolutionists themselves? Lazy, lazy, lazy. The closest you will get me to calling you “Doctor”, is the caricature you have given of yourself as Dr. Dino. Or is that Dr. Dunno?
In I Timothy 6, Paul speaks of the importance of servants treating their masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. This is an important doctrine and I agree with it. However, I did find that fundamentalist Pharisees tend to bludgeon anyone on the head, with this type of scripture, if anyone should wonder out loud “why the king has no clothes on”. The verses which follow (I Timothy 6: 3-6) regarding the person who is disrespectful of the proper authority given by God, says, “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Kent Hovind and his most famous supporters seem to be all merchandisers, supposing that gain is godliness. Thus from such clones of the Interpreter of the Mysteries, to whom we are supposed to bow the knee, I withdraw myself.