Knee-Mail: Doctor X
From: Kent Hovind
Sent: January 10, 2010
Posted: December 10, 2010
Subject: Dr. Hovind’s Degree
Sam: Hey, Brother Hovind, I read one of the anti-Hovind Web Sites the other day. They said you don’t have a real PhD. What’s this all about?
KH: Why would my degree matter to the truths of the argument? The high priest, Annas, and lots of top religious dignitaries saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men (Acts 4:13), yet those same men changed the world by preaching the truth. If they don’t think my degree is legitimate, then tell them to call me Kent, Mr. Hovind, Bubba, or “Hey, you ignorant man!” and then let’s get back to the real issues.
Sam: Good point. You could be a kindergarten drop-out and still know how to preach the truth.
KH: Exactly! Down through history there have been thousands, if not millions of great military, religious, political, and scientific leaders that had very little formal education. Abe Lincoln only finished a few grades of school and made one of the best presidents ever. God can use anyone to do His work. Don’t let Satan tell you that you aren’t qualified because you don’t have a degree. He may want you to get one or He may not. Just do what He says to do (John 2:50). Those critics who raise the degree question are often trying to draw attention away from their own religion of evolution looking stupid.
Sam: I admit you do make their theory look silly.
KH: It is one of the silliest theories ever invented! Do you know the story of Nehemiah?
Sam: Yes. God called him to go back a rebuild the wall around Jerusalem.
KH: Do you know what his job was before that?
Sam: He was the king’s cup-bearer (Nehemiah 1:11).
KH: Right. He was a butler! Is a butler qualified to be in charge of a massive building project like putting a wall completely around a major city?
Sam: I guess God thought he was.
KH: It seems so. He did the job in record time with incredible opposition (Nehemiah 6:15). Even if I had no degree or schooling at all, I’ve still got enough common sense to know there is a God who created this amazing universe! Anyone with one eye and half a brain can see that!
Let me ask you this, are there any people with degrees from “accredited” schools that believe and teach biblical creation?
Sam: Sure! Thousands of them. Just look at www.icr.org for example. That’s just one organization of scientists.
KH: Do you think there are more scientists that fear revealing that they are “young earth creationists” because they know they may lose their job, position, or research grants?
Sam: I would bet there are many thousands of those as well.
KH: So, the fact that a scientist has a degree and believes in creation doesn’t convince the skeptics to believe in creation does it?
Sam: No. It doesn’t seem to phase the skeptics.
KH: So why would my degree being accepted by them make any difference?
Sam: I guess it wouldn’t.
KH: If I dropped everything and went to an “accredited” school and got a degree critics would recognize as “legitimate” and came out still believing the Bible and creation, would that help them become believers?
Sam: Probably not. I don’t think they want to believe.
KH: I don’t either. Have the majority of scientists ever been wrong in the past?
Sam: Oh, my! Thousands of times! Flat earth, geocentric theory, doctrine of humors, big rocks fall faster, man can’t go over 40 mph without his heart stopping… it would take a long time just to list all the ideas that were believed by the majority and later proven wrong.
KH: Exactly! So, their argument from “majority opinion” or “all scientists believe…” are meaningless. When they resort to criticizing my degree or my admittedly bad spelling, it’s a sign they can’t deal with the real subject at hand—the lack of real evidence for evolution. They try to ridicule creationists for all sorts of things. The degree question is just one.
Sanballat mocked Nehemiah as he built the wall (Nehemiah 4:1) and Tobiah ridiculed the wall by saying, “Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4:3). It’s normal for critics to make fun of anyone who tries to build something for God. Nehemiah turned them over to God (v. 4) and kept building. His enemies tried every trick in the book to stop him—threats, ridicule, discouragement, political pressure, even force, but God protected him and he kept building. That’s what I normally do. Let them criticize and I’ll keep building. The finished wall spoke for itself, as do my results.
Sam: Good advice.
KH: One more thing…
Sam: What’s that?
KH: I worked hard for my degree. I don’t know if they worked hard or cheated to get theirs, but all of my studies from my “non-accredited” (by them) university left me believing that a really intelligent Designer created an incredible universe for a reason. All of their studies from an “accredited” school left them believing that nobody made the universe for any purpose and their great-great-great… grandpa was a rock! Who’s the fool? (Psalm 14:1; 53:1)
Sam: Good point! Thank-you, DOCTOR Hovind.
KH: You are welcome.