Thanks to another person ( Emma Thorne Reading Kent Hovind's Dissertation - YouTube) I was able to find Kent Hovind’s dissertation he used to obtain his PhD.
In the “Download” just click “file” and it pops up.
From what I have read it is his usual crap. But I guess it is good exercise to go over his points in order to formulate an appropriate response. Of course, as we witness too often even a valid counter-argument is a waste if the theist is unable to listen.
The first thing I notice is that there is no list of references. For all I know, this file might have just been cut short before the references section, but there are indications it is not. The “evidence” he lists is just a collection of ramblings. Example (around page 90):
Notice how he just refers to claims by “Dr. Thomas G. Barnes” as an ultimate expert on the matter. One man’s opinion, no discussion of alternative explanations or the state of the art research into the matter.
Wishy washy touchy feely shit. Science is so desperate to prove the Bible wrong that they’ll even accept EVIDENCE!
And it comes as a surprise to exactly noone that Hovind falls down to appeal to authority by referring to teaching science in high school and college as evidence.
On the whole, for a piece of doctoral work, having no references is simply unacceptable. He might as well just have pulled things out from his arse.
In my line of work, writing even just an internal technical report is unheard of without references. It would be thrown right back at me with a request/demand for at least some references for the background motivation.
Just from looking at random places in the “dissertation”, I find several hilarious passages. Like this one:
I’ll stop now, before my brain implodes.
Oh, and Hovind “proves” the evils of Evolution. It was the prime mover behind World War II:
One last piece of this drivel… Here is the last paragraph-and-a-half:
Just an observation in the first post:
Hovid: “…losing a second per century (referring to earth’s spin) turns into (following sentence) losing a second per day per century…”
His sentence structure, math and memory are horrible. Yup definitely studied and learnt from the bible.
Jesus fuckin’Christ!!! How old was he when he wrote this??? He sounds like a grade 5 level!!! I’m embarrassed for him
Why is it all of recorded history has happened in the last 4000 years? (he asks)
Lol The Epic of Gilgamesh is a little over 6000 years old. Sumerians were the first (discovered thus far) with written language. Prior to written language …uh, cave paintings (oh and other cool but old artifacts).
Here is a photo of the “University” that issued the “degree”:
Here are some funny quotes I pulled from it years ago:
I believe that dinosaurs are not only in the Bible, but they have lived with man all through his six thousand year history.
Evolution is purely a religion.
To really understand the history of evolution, we have to understand the author. Satan is the master-mind behind this false doctrine.
In his pride, Satan decided he would exalt himself and take over the throne of God. This is where evolution started.
Satan, in the form of a serpent, brought the doctrine of evolution into the Garden of Eden.
Cain promoted the evolutionary doctrine that man can progress by his own efforts.
When the people left the Tower of Babel, they took their false religion of evolution with them.
In about 1895, a man named Yen Fu translated Thomas Huxley’s book into Chinese. That was probably the turning point in China. It led the way for communism to take over so many of the oriental countries.
The Colorado River did not form the Grand Canyon.
Yet archaeology seems to tell us that just the opposite is true. It tells us that man has always been a monotheist and worshiped one God.
Hitler slaughtered the Jews and hated the blacks because he was an evolutionist.
Hitler was an evolutionist and it was the crazy doctrine of evolution that is fundamentally responsible for World War II.
We are turning out students that many other countries are able to beat in academic scores and academic knowledge because we waste so much class time and textbook time on this dumb idea of evolution.
I don’t want to sound like a crackpot, but actually we don’t know that the stars are billions of years away.
If the earth is millions of years old, why don’t we have a fifty thousand year old Bristle Cone Pine tree someplace or a half a million year old?
I would like to ask the evolutionists if he has some kind of answer to the fact that if the earth is indeed million of years old, why is the oil still under such incredible pressure.
Sorry I couldn’t type for a minute there, I was laughing so hard. So evolution is to blame for the Japanese Shinto religion believing their Emperor was descended from “the” sun god. Just when I though evolution couldn’t get anymore fascinating…
The ramblings of a retarded clown. Did he even finish high school, it doesn’t sound like it. If he has a real doctorate, then I’m the anti-christ.
Actually, the oldest known parts are “only” some 4100 years old, from ca. 2100 BCE.
Of course he is a real Doctor (PhD) I’m a real doctor as well a DD (Doctor of Divinity). It was presented to me on my 50th Birthday by a group of friends. I have a sheepskin and everything. Its from the Colorado Blue Mountain College (from memory).
I believe it cost them $2,000 US dollars and they sent the Dean a copy of some my more pithy internet posts about the historicity of the gospels and my CV. I will have to find it again and pput in on the wall, it always gave my kids a good laugh.
Reading that thesis I would imagine Kent’s degree cost quite a bit more…
Want a PhD? For free. You can obtain one at Abide University - Dudeism
I already got ordained (still wierds me out knowing I am an ordained priest) and a PhD in Leisure Science sounds appropriate.
Cool! Can either of you perform marriages? It’s a toss up between one of you or an Elvis impersonator. A resident where I work asked me to marry him last week. I’m sure he was kidding, but just in case .
I was informed that I am able to perform some marriages in some states. Yea, that’s seriously fucked up, but then again, how many child rapists also have that ability?
No, have to be licensed in my country/State!
I wouldnt marry anyone anyway.
I forget which comedy, but this seems apropos:
“I got my PhD online, from Columbia.”
“Columbia don’t do online doctorates?”
“Sorry, I meant Columbia the country, not the university.”
Interviewer: “Where did you get your experience?”
Interviewer: “What’s your name?”
Candidate: “Yohnny Yohnson”
Oh…ooohhhhh I had to stop reading that load of shit. That’s worse than the arguments Theists have used on here.
I discovered a new(*) word today - Misology: a hatred of argument, reasoning, or enlightenment.
Which means that Kent Hovind, or indeed any person strongly opposing argument, reasoning, or enlightenment (which probably covers many of the theists we see in here), could be accused of misology or being misologists.
I think I’ll start using that word. And I won’t care if they take umbrage at it.
(*) well, new to me, at least