Item description for Genesis of a Legacy: Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World by Ken Ham, Steve Ham & Todd A. Hillard...
Overview The increasingly rapid decline of the American culture has prompted many parents to be concerned (even alarmed) about their children's worldview and their stand on God's Word. Christian families from every social level struggle to remain whole spiritually and economically. Here the Ham brothers offer practical tips from Scripture for raising spiritually healthy children, the real root cause of dysfunctional families, and why parental discipline is justified and loving.
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Studio: Master Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 089051481X ISBN13 9780890514818
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More About Ken Ham, Steve Ham & Todd A. Hillard
Ken Ham is the president/CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis - U.S. and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken Ham is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken's emphasis is on the relevance and authority of the book of Genesis and how compromise on Genesis has opened a dangerous door regarding how the culture and church view biblical authority. His Australian accent, keen sense of humor, captivating stories, and exceptional PowerPoint illustrations have made him one of North America's most effective Christian communicators.
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Answers in genesis, a name you can trust! Oct 17, 2006
Again AiG has produced wonderful, scriptual based training. Whether it be their great science curriculum for homeschoolers or seminar dvds, I can trust Ken Ham in this wicked world to be supportive of our Christian lifestyle and child raising practices.Thank you, thank you AiG.
Genesis of Two Lunatics: The Pathology of Ken and Steve Ham Oct 5, 2006
The Brothers Ham share something with the Brothers Grimm - both write fairytales - but Ken and Steve Ham believe theirs are true. So much for reality, rationality, or civil discourse in the dogma eats dog world of Taliban-wannabee Christian fundamentalism and creationism. Brothers Ham live in a magical world defined by incomprehensible bible-babble and unconstrained by any meaningful theology, philosophy, morality, or science. In this unrecognizable universe a gentle naturalist named Charles Darwin is responsible for every atrocity ever imagined or implemented. All the big lies from the capacious cupboard of fundamentalist historical ignorance are trotted out - from abortion to the holocaust. Never mind that abortion as a medical procedure was known to the ancient Egyptians or that Nazis built the death camps brick by brick from the blood-libeled mud of Christian anti-Semitism and tribal nationalism.
Responding to every ham-fisted creationist calumny would result in a review longer than the book so let's tackle the two most deserving of public ridicule. Brothers Ham simply assert two fallacious presuppositions:
1. A Godless existence is meaningless (devoid of morality or purpose).
2. Evolution is the foundation of a Godless (atheistic) worldview.
Unfortunately for the Brothers Ham this tail-chasing tautology is false. These guys regularly stick oily presuppositions the same place hemorrhoid suffers stuff suppositories.
Let's consider the first point - that if there is no God then life would be meaningless. Creationists like the Brothers Ham believe that value, morality, purpose, and meaning necessarily depend solely upon God's authority and commandments. Buy why should we blatantly assume this? The world is full of people who do not believe in God, yet find their lives to be meaningful. The Genesis notion that God created us for a specific purpose is a spiritual minority view. Claiming that people who do not share creationist beliefs are simply wrong when they report that their lives are full of value and meaning is factually untenable. Robert T. Pennock noted: "That creationists would find life meaningless if the God of Genesis is undermined by evolution tells us more about creationists than it does about meaningfulness."
Meaning springs from many wells. Some people will cite their faith in God (with or without a literal Genesis). Many more will mention the pride and joy they feel for their children or the tenderness they feel for their lovers and friends, the sense of accomplishment they derive from work, or the pleasure received from music or art. This list is easily extensible. The creationist fear that life would be devoid of meaning without belief in God seems ill advised - value and purpose, in the straightforward psychological sense, can be found at every turn.
But suppose one wants not just the feeling of value, but values that are justified. The creationist complaint that psychology cannot supply more than a subjective, individual notion of value and meaning has merit - by itself the simple identification of individual psychological value does nothing to justify those values. Embracing subjective ethical relativism is antithetical to the most basic meaning of morality. But the creationist and the secularist quickly part ways, since the creationist holds that only God's authority underpins morality and value.
That God's authority cannot serve to justify morality and value is a widely acknowledged and shared belief between philosophers and theologians. The classical version of the argument comes from Plato, who makes the point with a simple but profound proposition: "Is something good because God commands it so, or does God command it because it is indeed good?"
If God is the sole arbiter of moral value then moral value is by definition whatever God commands - if God commands us to love one another, then loving one another is morally good by definition. If God commands us to enslave our neighbor then the slave holder would again, by definition, be morally good and praiseworthy. In the recent past America fought its bloodiest war over this very issue - against slaveholders with a supposedly valid biblical warrant. Such conclusions about morality are absurd. Creationists would even consider them blasphemous - but they invariably contradict themselves when they claim morality is merely that which God commands. The Brothers Ham cannot assert that morality is simply what God commands or that our purpose is whatever God chose for us. Plato's point is that this view - God's authority as the origin of value - is fundamentally flawed. It is the second view that makes more sense - namely that God commands something because it is indeed good. This means that goodness has a basis that is independent of God. The lesson here is that creationist fears are illusory - the possibility of value, purpose, and meaning are not lost even if God does not exist. Atheists who believe that atheism obviates moral responsibility are making the same mistake that creationists make.
Let's consider the worst case scenario - people like the Brothers Ham who, not satisfied with objective values, demand that God's existence is essential for a meaningful life in some other way, such as an eternal afterlife. This fear is also meaningless because evolution does not preclude the existence of God.
What does evolution imply about the existence or nonexistence of God? To answer this question we need to review the central tenants of evolutionary theory. The first is the basic fact that populations of organisms change over time in such a manner that new species arise from modifications of their ancestors. A second is that the pace of change is more or less gradual, though the rate might not be regular. A third involves the reconstruction of evolutionary pathways, the ancestor-descendent relationships among species that form the tree of life. A fourth concerns the mechanisms of evolution, specifically the Darwinian process involving the nonrandom natural selection of randomly generated heritable variations. God is never mentioned in evolution, relativity, quantum mechanics, or any other scientific theory. But to say nothing about God is not to say that God is nothing.
Evolution is part of science, and science proceeds without recourse to any supernatural entities or powers. Since this is true of all science why should evolution pose any special problems? If scientific methodological naturalism is considered inherently problematic then the Brothers Ham should be equally worried about chemistry, meteorology, and electrical engineering. They should also excoriate auto mechanics because this field also proceeds under the naturalist assumption that God does not intervene in the workings of engines, transmissions, or brakes.
A self-inflicted crisis of meaning drove the Brothers Ham to write this inane and paranoid book. Their slick but sick website, Answers in Genesis (AiG), posted an image of a 12-something boy pointing a handgun straight at the eyes of web surfers on the same day Amish mourners were burying schoolchildren. The caption read "If you don't matter to God, you don't matter to anyone." It went on to proclaim "As a society, we reap the consequences of the unquestioned acceptance of the belief in evolution every day. It diminishes your worth and reduces human beings from being `made in the Image of God' to being mere players in the game of survival of the fittest." Note to the Brothers Ham: how did you manage to forget that the Quarryville murderer, Charles Roberts, included the following in his suicide note: "I am filled with so much hate, hate toward myself, hate towards God and unimaginable emptiness it seems like every time we do something fun I think about how Elise wasn't here to share it with us and I go right back to anger." This man is a professed Christian angry at God for the loss of a daughter - not an "evolutionist" supposedly devoid of meaning and morality.
Lying for Jesus just reached a new low. But don't worry AiG, fueled by the ever delusional Brothers Ham, will soon surpass (or parody) itself. Pimping hate speech against secularists who champion objective reality, morality, and evidence-based science is not ministry or outreach. It also demonizes members of any faith (including Christians) who refuse to kowtow before the malevolent, spiteful and pitiful conception of God espoused by the Brothers Ham. This encyclopedic guide to fundamentalist Christian child abuse is a waste of trees and time.