Sunday, February 08, 2015


From AlterNet:

An article posted at Answers in Genesis – a creationist apologetics website dedicated to substantiating the infallible truths found in the Bible — an author cautions that dismissing the one-horned horse known as the unicorn as a mythical beast “is to demean God’s Word.”

Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, citing several references in the Bible to the fantastical animal that is a favorite of children and fantasy fans, warns that the unicorn did indeed exist writing, “The Bible is clearly describing a real animal.”

More here.

I must admit that until I read this article, I didn't realize that unicorns are in the Bible.  Apparently they are, however, which means that if you think of yourself as a fundamentalist Christian who believes that the Bible is the literal word of God, then you must also necessarily believe in unicorns.

But guess what?  I'd be willing to wager a hundred bucks that the vast majority of self-described fundamentalists DON'T believe in unicorns.

And that presents a fascinating problem: fundamentalists really do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God.  I mean, okay, maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe the vast majority of fundamentalists really do believe in unicorns.  But I don't think so.  Instead, it strikes me as highly likely that fundamentalists pick and choose what they think is factually correct in the Bible, just like everybody else, and only use the "literal word" shtick when they're pushing ideas that they like but others don't.  You know, "well, if God said it, then it MUST be true."  So death to homosexuals, and so on.

An important ramification of this observation is that fundamentalists pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe based on preexisting but unexamined personal biases.  That is, if you think men are superior to women, you're going to find Biblical support for that, and too bad, suffragettes, God says it so it's true!  But unicorns?  Not even worth a mention.  Even though the Bible says they're real.

I guess it's not the crazy beliefs that bug me so much as the inconsistency and hypocrisy with how such "beliefs" are established.

Also, evolution and global warming.