So, there’s this article floating around the internet that claims scientists have discovered the first evidence of God’s existence. (No need for you anymore, Romans 1…)
The article has been shared almost a quarter-million times on Facebook, where I first came across it. The title was intriguing, so I went ahead and clicked on it. But the more I read, the more things seemed fishy to me. By the time I finished I felt like I was as at a fisherman’s wharf.
Why? Because this article is obviously not real. It’s completely fake.
Let’s count the ways in which this article should raise some red flags:
- It’s from the Wyoming Institute of Technology… which doesn’t actually exist. Don’t believe me? Go to their website and try to apply or even get a campus tour. Good luck!
- It claims that a fictitious institute joined up with the Human Genome Project and Bob Jones University, but neither of these real institutions make the same claim.
- Its author is Dr. Richter DasMeerungeheuer, which means Judge the Leviathan in German – not a real name.
- It cites BJU professor Matthew Boulder as being part of the discovery who is about as real as Dr. Judge the Leviathan.
All this reminds us of one simple lesson – you can’t always trust everything you read on the internet, even if you want to.
It’s not bad apologetics, it’s fabricated apologetics.
Not only this, but it’s a false witness. Assuming the author of this article wants to promote faith in God through science, he or she is going about it in a very bad way. This article is worse than bad apologetics for the Christian faith.
Why? Because it’s not bad apologetics, it’s fabricated apologetics.
We are called to defend faith well and honestly. This article is a great example of what it means to bear false witness and misrepresent the very God that the author seems to be defending, which presupposes that God (not faith) needs defending in the first place.
I would say to chalk this article up to bad scholarship, but it doesn’t even deserve that.
It’s a complete lie.