Regardless of whether you agree with Answers in Genesis, the Biblical-defense ministry that accepts and promotes literal six-day creation and a global flood, one must admit:
- For evangelicals, they do Art right. (Just go to the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky for proof.)
- Their staffers do love practical science — and enjoy science fiction.1
- The organization could make great strides among ChristiaNerds by promoting this Biblical sci-fi love even more.
That last comes after AiG founder Ken Ham’s post on Facebook this morning:
Apparently I could be a movie star fighting Martians. In another childish attempt to mock me and AiG,, James McGrath, Associate Professor in Religion and Philosophy at Butler University in Indiana, posted a doctored photo with me in it.2
Apparently someone obtained a photo from the Mars Attacks movie (the 1996 movie that is a parody on science fiction movies) and replaced an actor’s photo with mine.
I’m just glad he used a photo of me from years ago when I had brown hair! As I tell people, I had to dye my hair gray to let people know I was getting old ☺. Well—at least I still have hair!
There we go; now there’s some swashbuckling.
Though I do like science fiction movies, so in a way I do take this photo as a compliment ☺. But I would have preferred he substitute my photo in one from a Dr. Who or Star Trek episdoe [sic].
Well now! Critics both Christian and pagan like to portray Ham as a constant crusader for fundamentalist notions that will keep driving the kids and the culture away from those homophobic religious rascals, when in fact he enjoys a good Trek or Who story like any fan.3
In response I asked:
Way to come out of the closet, brother! We Whovians and Trekkers who enjoy these for God’s glory now gain an ally.
I’d love to hear more about this.
Classic “Who” and/or contemporary “Who”?
“The Original Series” with its corny classic humanism? “The Next Generation” with its upgraded humanism yet also traces of truth? “Deep Space Nine” with its surprising challenge of Federation humanism (by name!) versus a fictitious Christian-esque religion?
For AiG supporters who lean toward fear about the culture — rather than swashbuckling-in-Christ engagement of it — AiG could only benefit itself, and better, the Kingdom, by revealing in articles and books the Secret of How Ken Ham Just Might Enjoy Science Fiction Such As Star Trek and Doctor Who for God’s Glory.
- For example, this 2007 Answers magazine article by Carl Kerby notes: “God can use fiction—even if it is overtly antibiblical—to bring about good. Whether they realize it or not, writers who are atheists and evolutionists must borrow biblical concepts in order for their stories to make sense. Even the atheist Isaac Asimov often incorporated Christian elements into his stories. … Now that I am a Christian, I look at science fiction through biblical glasses. I can see the evolutionary bias of many science fiction authors. But I can also see Christian themes in many of these same works.” ↩
- Original article: Mars Attacks Young-Earth Creationism, May 14. ↩
- This isn’t entirely new for Ham; previously he’s mentioned enjoying sci-fi films such as Jurassic Park and Avatar. ↩