What are the possible motives of Kent Hovind?
Big surprise, I was discussing evolution versus creationism with someone the other day, and Kent Hovind was brought up with his "$250,000 challenge"
for anyone who can prove evolution. My debater took great pride in pointing out that it hadn't been awarded yet.
So, I looked at this "challenge" and found it to be a deliberate hoax.
Here's are the five major points of his "challenge":
" 1. Brought time, space, and matter into existence from nothing.
2. Organized that matter into the galaxies, stars, and at least nine planets around the sun. (This process is often referred to as cosmic evolution.)
3. Created the life that exists on at least one of those planets from nonliving matter (chemical evolution).
4. Caused the living creatures to be capable of and interested in reproducing themselves.
5. Caused that first life form to spontaneously diversify into different forms of living things, such as the plants and animals on the earth today
He later states as a means to collect the cash-o-la:
"Prove beyond reasonable doubt that the process of evolution is the only possible way the observed phenomena could have come into existence."
Anyone see the problem here?
Item Five is the only item in his list of five that falls into the branch of science defined as evolution. Evolution does not define the "how" of
the universe's and earth's formation, nor does it concern itself with the manner in which life happened. Instead, as most of us know, this branch of
science examines the way life changed, over millions of years.
I've seen Hovind's videos and his live presentations to Churches... this little piece escaped my notice until now. He uses his "challenge" as a
basis for proving evolution must be wrong since no evolutionist can provide the proper evidence. Well, it's designed that way and he knows it.
Hovind is the worst kind of huckster, playing on people's faith and emotion to make a buck, and lying to tens of thousands of people in hundreds of
His motives are cash. Plain and simple. Therefore, any of his claims are of exceedingly dubious quality and should be dismissed.