Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Kent Hovind and Irrationality

Shortly after the presidential election of 2004, my family and I went to Disneyland with a group of friends. While we were standing in line at the Small World ride, I noticed a smug looking, college age youth wearing a black tee-shirt with a big red image of George Bush on the front. Underneath the picture were written the words: NOT MY PRESIDENT.

My wife and I both quipped at the same time about how irrational the slogan on that shirt truly was. As much as this little political malcontent wants to believe W. is not his president, he most certainly is. In fact, President Bush could use the full authority of his office to really mess up this fellow's life, and no amount of sticking his fingers in his ears and mumbling "Not my president" over and over again will change reality.

Sadly, this is the same mentality being expressed by creationist apologist Kent Hovind and his wife as they are being brought up on 58 counts of tax fraud. How did "Dr. Dino" respond? Apart from handing out creationist tracts as he headed to court, he stated:

"I live in the church of Jesus Christ, which is located all over the world. I have no residence."

This is irrational talk from the mind of a man woefully misinformed as to where he currently resides. It is this mindset that gets many Independent Christians into trouble with the law.

I don't care who a person thinks he or she is, or what sort of special privileges he or she believes they are entitled to, and so forth; when it comes to paying taxes, the government wants its money, and it will get its money. It may take a while, and though the mills of the IRS grind slow, they grind very fine. Dr. Dino should have taken a lesson from Al Capone.

Now it is true I am engaging in a bit of sport with Dr. Dino, because I am happy to see someone who is truly an embarrassment to the faith get his comeuppance, but as I reflect upon this whole fiasco, I am genuinely grieved at heart for a number of reasons:

First and foremost is the shame heaped upon the Church. Here is a man who was a self appointed spokesmen for the Christian faith now playing a fool. I am reminded of James 3:1. He claims he has no property, yet he insisted any IRS inspectors must have "prior written consent" to get onto his property. He sincerely believes he is tax exempt because he "lives in the Church of Jesus Christ." Perhaps he ought to consider this his "rent due" notice from Jesus?

Second, many folks follow his ministry. I am stupified by how many otherwise sound-minded Christians actually believe Dr. Dino is a reputable defender of biblical creationism. I mean, I am truly stunned. I had a young teenager tell me one time with a straight face that Kent Hovind is more scientific than the guys at ICR. What do you say to that?

Even more stunning is how they have come to his defense in this matter. It is as if they honestly believe there is some conspiracy by Darwinianists, skeptics, freethinkers and atheists to shut him down. Such blind commitment to a misguided man only heaps more mockery upon our Lord. Has discernment flown out the window here? Is there no one among his supporters who will stand up and say sin is sin, and those who are guilty must pay the consequences? No pun intended.

Third, genuine creation ministries on the financial up and up, led by men and women with integrity and the true credentials to speak authoritative against Darwinians on the matters of origins are going to receive a severe blow with all of this. The watching world doesn't distinguish between reputable Christian individuals teaching creationism from a flamboyant braggart who has no business addressing these issues. In their minds, everyone is piled together in a big heap. Dr. Dino just happened to get caught, but his "ministry" is true of other ministry. You can't trust any of them. Obviously, such an characterization is unfair, but it is the way people see it.

The words of the Apostle Peter ring so clear, Having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evil doers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil (1 Peter 3:16,17).

I hear all the time that theology matters, meaning, what we believe about God, the Bible, and salvation impact how we interact with the world and live a consistent Christian life. But I would add that how we handle theology in our personal lives matters even more.



Blogger D.J. Cimino said...

Great post! Hovind needs some serious help...

2:21 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Peter D. Nelson said...

Nicely done Fred we need people like you to expose those people who have brought shame to the Church of Jesus Christ.

Not only that but to point out that there are truth speakers who uphold Creation apologetics who bring honor to the Church and that these should be our models and not people like "Dr. Dino".

7:38 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Joanna Martens said...

Unfortunately, the blind allegiance to dr. dino by "other" christians is evidence for the mindless culture we live in today. People can't think on their own. It amazes me time and time again how quickly peole buy into things and b/c of their own pride they'd rather "stick by" error rather than humble themselves to truth.
Bottom line is that people don't love truth, don't want truth, don't care about truth.

On top of that, what is unfortunate about this mindlessness is that people will look at this man and then judge the entire christian faith. where is the anaylitical critizism? Think people! Think!!

8:52 AM, July 20, 2006  
Blogger the Pilgrim said...

What were you a Christian doing at Disneyland, the land of the occult?

1:49 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Hiraeth said...

Someone ought to have taught Dr. Dino about the Refomation. Last I looked one of the results of the Reformation was that ministers became subject to the law of the land.

And that's without nothing that Christ commanded us to pay taxes.

5:52 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Hiraeth said...

That should be noting.

5:52 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

What were you a Christian doing at Disneyland, the land of the occult?

Riding the Peter Pan and Winnie-the-Pooh's Birthday party rides over and over and over again.


8:14 AM, July 21, 2006  
Blogger Jamin Hubner said...

"I am stupified by how many... actually believe Dr. Dino is a reputable defender of biblical creationism."
- He doesn't defend Biblical Creationism? Would you care to either support your statement on how he hasn't defended Biblical Creation, or define what you think Biblical Creation really is?

8:52 PM, July 25, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...


Note that I stated a reputable defender of biblical creationism. I didn't say he doesn't teach biblical creationism.

By reputable, I mean he handles the material in a compotent manner that portrays Christian apologetics in the manner in which God has mandated apologetics to His Church (see 1 Peter 3:15ff., for example). I have never seen any thing truly reputable from any of Hovind's presentations. Much of it is plagerized information from AiG presentations, he utilizes poor argumentation, he his prone to conspiratorial theories, he depends upon KJV wackos, he is prone to sensational gimmicks like his $250,000 dollar challenge to atheists, and what we have been seeing as the cause of the current unraveling of his entire ministry, his crazy insistence he is above paying federal and state income tax. This is serious and demonstrates a severe lack of integrity as a Christian and in my mind severely damages a man's reputation as a spokesman for biblical truth.


8:32 AM, July 26, 2006  
Blogger St. Priscilla said...

Fred, it isn't the "government's money" it is the hard-working person's money, which is why our forefathers were against a federal taxation system. It was not until the early 1900s when the government began to get into serious debt, through irresponsibility, that the Federal Reserve was formed and soon the IRS. In order to try to pay back THEIR debt they enslaved the American worker and started the federal taxation system, which has done nothing but increase the amount of taxes as the Nation Debt has increased. Our forefathers were against American citizens paying taxes unless they lived and/or worked within the Federal jurisdiction known as Washington, D.C. The federal taxation system in this country has enslaved the American worker and it direly affects the economy, even more so now that taxes are on the rise and jobs are on the decline. It's imporant to check the real history of our nation. Things have not always been as they are today and were not originally intended to be this way.

Saying all of that, Hovind does have his responsibilities in his situation. I believe he has taken license with the "religious exemption" system to make great gain for himself and he is now bring called on it and being made to pay for it. Hopefully, he will learn a valuable lesson and get his heart right with the Lord.

10:41 AM, January 22, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...


You sort of scared me with your comment when I began reading it, because I thought you were going to start defending the beliefs of this guy. I thought that even more when I read on your bio page that you list the fantasy delusional film, Loose Change, as a favorite. At any rate, you did redeem yourself a bit toward the end.

I am no fan of the current tax system in the US, but with all due respect, it is the governments money because they have the authority to come after it. It doesn't matter what the true history of the federal government is. Originally, at one time, the VP was suppose to be the opponent of the elected president, so there are many interesting factoids about the foundation of the US. The point is that right now, in present day America, the US tax system demands a certain percentage from the hard working citizens. This is a matter of fact regardless of what the "real" history says about our nation. And no one has the right to exempt themselves from that obligation regardless of how he or she understands the original foundation of our country.

11:34 AM, January 22, 2007  
Blogger claeyborn said...

Since Kent Hovind needs help, how about praying for him instead of personally attacking him? These articles that constantly attack him doesn't make you look very good or forgiving. Let's let God be the Judge, and you just do what you're suppose to do, and evangelize. When Kent Hovind get's out of prison, how will you guys act then? Will you badger him, or will you encourage him to not make the same mistake, and pray for him, so that he can be the fired up debater that he was before, but only better? As long as Kent Hovind is a Christian brother, and claims to be one, and you're not God enough to know if he is or not, then encourage him with kindness instead of your stabbing remarks! I've been praying for Dr. Hovind, and now I must pray for you, too.

10:07 PM, June 02, 2007  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

See my response to claeyborn under this post here

1:19 PM, June 04, 2007  

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