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

Monday, November 06, 2006

In Case You Have Missed It

While the Ted Haggard scandal is still resounding through out the United States, a much smaller scandal with a semi-well known Christian personality is coming to a close:

Dr. Dino, creationist apologist, and his wife, have been found guilty on all charges for tax evasion.

Related: Here and Here

UPDATE: I couldn't resist Scott McClare's comments.

4 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

I saw this the other day. I was at a study and one of the fellows there was mentioning Hovind, of whom I was not familiar. He said I could find him easily enough on the internet.

When I googled Him, I found that he had just been charged with tax evasion, that his degrees were from colleges that lacked creditation, and that his wife was also charged.

I don't know enough about the man to know if this is disappointing news or not.

12:12 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Well, Hovind is something of a small Christian personality more popular in the Bible belt. The thing about him, and what makes this a scandal for the Church (though not on the level of Haggards), is that he claims to be an apologist for the Christian faith defending a biblical creationist world view against evolution. Yet, his antics make a mockery of Christ and our faith.

For example, his long standing quarter million dollar challenge for any evolutionist to demonstrate true evolutionary genetic increase within an organism, his dependence upon questionable sources like Gail Riplinger, and of course, what got him in trouble, his insistence that he is somehow above adhering to the US tax laws because he is a "missionary" doing "God's work," and claiming he is being persecuted by atheists and other anti-God skeptics.

He has only served to embarrass the Church with his nonsense and this will only mar the credibility of truly reputable organizations like Answers in Genesis.

Fred

3:50 PM, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Mike-e said...

This almost left me in tears. Although I disagree with about 99.9% of the wacko stuff that Hovind teaches, it was he who led me to the strong foundation that I now have in the Bible. I met him several times and he was always the nicest guy to me. He is an embarrasment, a crook, a poor apologist, and [fill in the blank], but let's keep those in our prayers who actually looked up to this guy; in hopes that they have not put their trust in this man, but will instead put their trust in god. Sad. Very Sad.

10:43 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Steve P said...

I'm probably going to get beat up for this. (Or maybe not considering only three other people have posted comments.)
I too have met Dr. Hovind on a couple of occasions. He was a very nice man to me and my family.
Before I accepted Christ and long before I started to understand the Doctrines of Grace, one of my first introductions to Christianity was a video tape of Kent Hovind. I was absolutely blown away. He made the subject of Evolution very easy to understand (which was a huge stumbling block for me). He was entertaining and interesting. I'll admit, even in my 'Christian infancy' I was a little turned off by his extra-curricular stuff, but I've always been a firm believer in not throwing the baby out with the bath water. He was very influential in me being a Christian today.
When I started to grow as a Christian I had a hard time with some of his positions. I confronted him on his KJVO status, and he explained to me that he was more KJV-preferred, and that he himself was saved long before he picked up a KJV. (That made me feel a little better, except he still endorsed Riplinger and her gang.)
I bought his entire sermon series and found it to be extremely informative. Of course, you must be discerning, as you need to be with everyone.(!)
I would make copies of some of the tapes and give them to friends. (But I would always tell them "Please ignore his Rabbit trails, and just pay attention to the Creation stuff.")
I attended a debate at Wayne State University against one of their Biology Professors. Kent Hovind was nothing but kind to this man. He took all of the man's criticism in stride and responded graciously. He had an answer for everything this guy threw at him and it all made sense. You can't tell me this guy (Hovind) was not an educated man. (Correspondence school or not.) His degree was good enough to have him teach High School Science for 15 years, but for some it wasn't good enough to speak out on Evolution.
I pray that he can (by God's Grace) get through this and hopefully learn his lesson(s). I pray that he can take his ministry and cut out all of the extra-curricular stuff and move forward in a way that's pleasing to God. I pray that he will repent of these things he has done.

As far as him being a crook. As I said, I've met the guy and I could be wrong about this. (but) I think he has taken some VERY bad advice from some people he should stay VERY far away from. I would like to think he isn't a crook. This guy has devoted his entire life to trying to teach people about God's Creation (whether he's 99% right or 50% right) and I believe he honestly believes what he preaches. He sells his materials at very fair prices and then doesn't copyright any of it. He actually tells you to record it and give it away. (That's unheard of anymore.) He is home one or two days a week, the rest of the time he is speaking somewhere (year round). And on his one or two days he is home, if you call his office (home) he will answer and talk to you personally. If you leave a message he will call you back. This is not the way (most) crooks operate.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not excusing his behavior. He has done something terribly wrong. He needs to be rebuked and he needs to repent and he needs to make restitution. (If that's even possible.)
This whole thing greaves me deeply. People that are in public representing themselves as 'Christian' need to be above reproach. Dr. Hovind has put himself in a position where he and his entire ministry look really bad. Maybe, this is God's way of shaking him up and setting him straight. I guess we'll see.

7:14 AM, November 09, 2006  

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