Why does Kent Hovind make so many mistakes?
In his seminar about the age of the Earth he shows an article about the nebula theory and tells us it's about the Big Bang, he says that Sirius was a red star 2,000 years ago now it's a white dwarf when Sirius is a white star binary and only a few 2,000 years ago said it was a white star, he says that stars on the outside of our Galaxy orbit the center faster than those on the inside when in fact it's the other way around, and claims that evolutionists believe that a dog can give birth to a non-dog when this is not evolution. I myself am a Progressive Creationist and don't believe in Evolution, but i think that Kent Hovind should understand Evolution a bit more before trying to refute it, and I also can't understand why some people like venomfangx can take him seriously
- DanielLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Kent Hovind is a charlatan who tweaks data to sell books and tapes. He's currently serving ten years in prison for tax fraud. He also made false statements about his degrees.
In 1971 he graduated from East Peoria Community High School in East Peoria, Illinois. From 1972 until 1974, Hovind attended the non-accredited Midwestern Baptist College and received a Bachelor of Religious Education (B.R.E.). In 1988 and 1991 respectively, Hovind was awarded a master's degree and doctorate in Christian Education through correspondence from the unaccredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado (now Patriot Bible University in Del Norte, Colorado which no longer offers this program).
Other critics of Hovind have charged that Patriot Bible University is a diploma mill, as it has unreasonably low graduation requirements, lack of sufficient faculty or educational standards, and a suspicious tuition scheme. The school's current policies allow students to attain bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and even "Doctor of Ministry" degrees in months, rather than years, for as little as $25 per month. Currently Patriot offers a monthly fee, unlike most universities, which only charge per-credit fees.
Bartelt has stated Hovind's doctoral dissertation is evidence of the poor requirements at Patriot and that Hovind lacks knowledge of basic science. Bartelt noted that Hovind's dissertaton is incomplete (contains four chapters totaling 101 pages, but Hovind's introduction claims the work is 250 pages with 16 chapters), of low academic quality, poor writing, poor spelling, poor grammatical style, pages are repeated, references are absent, and it is not original work with original ideas.
When Hovind speaks and writes he omits any data that contradicts the conclusion he's trying to reach. Case in point is when he argues against South America and Africa ever being joined together. Not only does South America and Africa look like they fit together like pieces of a puzzle, but you can find similar mineral deposits along each's shores showing exactly where they once fitted together, even lava flows that compassed both continents when they were once joined together. But Hovind won't let his audience hear about that.
There are many theories of creation besides fiat creationism, where everything was created 6,000 years ago in six literal days. The day/age theory believes there were great expanses of times between the days. "Day" is used in many scriptures figuratively for a period of time, like, "in that day." And the days of creation can be ages of millions of years between the days.
A problem Christians have is they often believe a very narrow interpretation of creation that the world can easily recognize as nonsense. Many Christians who vocalize their narrow interpretation of Genesis make the Bible look like foolishness to the world.
If you compare the days of creation in Genesis it matches up fairly well with the same order science gives. First you have God creating the heavens (stars, etc.) then the earth.
Comparable to science the earth begins as an empty world without a set form, then you have dry land followed by oceans. You have plants before intelligent life. The first intelligent life is in the sea. Then you have birds. We know today that birds are descendants of dinosaurs. Mammals didn't rise until later. Science and the order of creation are following the same order.
On day 6 the KJV says, cattle, beasts, man. The Hebrew word translated cattle is mammals in general. Beast is a more specific wild animal, and then man. If you categorized these scientifically it would be class, genus, species.
Something else to consider is that Adam and Eve were not created until after the seventh-day, and in a day/age theory the man on the sixth day is not the same as Adam "after" the seventh day. Could it be that science is correctly observing the order of creation?
This would explain cave men, and where Cain and Seth found wives, if man created on the sixth day is different era from Adam created after the seventh day.
Now, I believe the bible is without error. It's more amazing to me that scripture could line up with the same order science gives for the creation of the world, and do it over 3,000 years before science confirmed the same order.
Now, many Christians have a narrow view, to where they put God in a box and not allow Him to work in any sort of an evolutionary process. This is done to fit their narrow interpretation of Genesis, handed down long ago without the benefit of scientific facts.
They latch onto every little thing some creation scientist like Hovind says like it is the gospel and discount any contrary evidence because it doesn't fit your perception of creation. Christianity, which is stuck in ancient traditions, needs to revamp their view of creation that restricts what God can do.
Look at the different animals that have developed in Australia. The Aborigines people have been there for 35,000 plus years, and have developed an internal organ that no other race on earth has. They have a scent gland on the sides of their faces. It's because they were isolated in Australia.
There are other theories of creation: day/age theory, theistic evolution, etc., that allows the creation story in Genesis to agree with observable science and not make Christians look so narrow minded.
- 1UpLv 71 decade ago
Many of the things he says are crackpot.
He denies the existence of the Oort cloud, because supposedly the OC theory explains the origin of comets.
The Oort cloud is a scientific certainty, and cosmologists claim that the origin of asteroids is the passing of the solar system through the spiral arm of the galaxy. I do not know why he would go to the effort of arguing against a proven scientific reality to explain that comets are young, when what he is arguing has nothing to do with the age of comets.
His expression of a square size ratio by linear multiplication is by far the most ridiculous.
The list goes on.
- jtrusnikLv 71 decade ago
One of these situations apply:
1 - He doesn't understand the theories he argues against, relying on sound bites that don't stand up under scrutiny, and it works because a vast majority of believers won't bother to investigate the matter for themselves.
2 - He does understand the theories, and intentionally argues against it with sound bites that he knows don't actually stand up under scrutiny. This is nothing but malicious and deceiving, but he gets away with it because a vast majority of believers fall for the ruse and thus don't bother to investigate the matter for themselves.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Blind leading the Blind, Kent Hovind and VenomFangX.
The reason these two are idiots is insanely simple: Lack of education.
Kent Hovind has a PhD ... but from a diploma mill, not a licensed educational institution.
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- AlanLv 71 decade ago
A) Kent is an idiot.
B) If you want to write to Kent you will have to address your messages to the state run prison where he is currently living for the next 10 or so years.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
He's a fraud, plain and simple. He has a fake degree, and says whatever he feels like. He completely ignored getting building permits to build "Dinosaur Adventure Land". He has an ongoing history of tax evasion which resulted in his being jailed.
- interested1208Lv 71 decade ago
That's why he is a joke to most thinking people...
I find his videos very entertaining and amusing because he;s soooo full of it and people still follow him. In some ways, it's tragic, especially when they teach this drival to their kids as fact.
To those of you who do follow him, do you know his educational background? Why does he say "I don't know" all the time? It's because he doesn't... he's lke the Enquirer of science stories... it ain't perticularly true, but it sells papers...Source(s): IMHO
- 1 decade ago
hahaha. best question ever. its good to see somebody actually recognize the mistakes.
i think there are two reasons. first he realizes that the majority of the people who attend his seminars will believe anything he says and not bother to check the 'facts' out. also because he doesnt understand the subject that he tries to refute.
- 1 decade ago
His biggest mistake was not filling in his tax returns- it'll be a while before he holds any seminars on creation science.
- 5 years ago
How are we supposed to take him seriously when he doesn't know the difference between a genome and a chromosome? Peace.