Michael Shermer’s Irreverent “Scientific Creation Story”

Photo courtesy Loxton, on behalf of the Skeptic Society, via Wikipedia.
Michael Shermer, courtesy Loxton, on behalf of the Skeptics Society via Wikipedia.

While a bit insulting, I appreciate the wit behind infamous skeptic Michael Shermer’s science-y version of the Genesis creation story.  Here are the last few paragraphs, which I first encountered here, but can also be found in full here.

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creatures that hath life, the fishes. And God created great whales whose skeletal structure and physiology were homologous with the land mammals he would create later that day. Since this caused confusion in the valley of the shadow of doubt God brought forth abundantly all creatures, great and small, declaring that microevolution was permitted, but not macroevolution. And God said, “Natura non facit saltum” — Nature shall not make leaps. And the evening and morning were the fifth day.

And God created the pongidids and hominids with 98 percent genetic similarity, naming two of them Adam and Eve, who were anatomically fully modern humans. In the book in which God explained how He did all this, in chapter one He said he created Adam and Eve together out of the dust at the same time, but in chapter two He said He created Adam first, then later created Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs. This caused further confusion in the valley of the shadow of doubt, so God created Bible scholars and theologians to argue the point.

And in the ground placed He in abundance teeth, jaws, skulls, and pelvises of transitional fossils from pre-Adamite creatures. One he chose as his special creation He named Lucy. And God realized this was confusing, so he created paleoanthropologists to sort it out. And just as He was finishing up the loose ends of the creation God realized that Adam’s immediate descendants who lived as farmers and herders would not understand inflationary cosmology, global general relativity, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, biochemistry, paleontology, population genetics, and evolutionary theory, so He created creation myths. But there were so many creation stories throughout the land that God realized this too was confusing, so he created anthropologists, folklorists, and mythologists to settle the issue.

By now the valley of the shadow of doubt was overrunneth with skepticism, so God became angry, so angry that God lost His temper and cursed the first humans, telling them to go forth and multiply (but not in those words). They took God literally and 6,000 years later there are six billion humans. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.

By now God was tired, so God said, “Thank me its Friday,” and He made the weekend. It was a good idea.

Is it irreverent? Yes.  Blasphemous? Possibly.  But as someone who spent a lot of time, in my younger days, arguing about microevolution vs. macroevolution, the fossil record, and more – I find it pretty funny.

As a Christian, I would affirm there is much more going on in Genesis than the creationists have made of it, much truth that we can and should affirm. But that is a different post.

What do you think of Shermer’s take on Genesis?

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Drew McIntyre

A guy spoiled silly by grace. A follower of Christ and a leader in his flock. A husband, a writer, and thought leader. Blessed. Also blogging at drewbmcintyre.com

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