For those who blessedly don’t know, Kent Kovind Hovind is a leading voice in the young-earth creationist movement. He claims to be a scientist, however his MA and PhD degrees were granted by Patriot Bible University, which is an unaccredited fundamentalist Christian Correspondence school, authorized ONLY to issue ‘religious degrees’.
Various criticisms have been made of Hovind’s dissertation, including charges of incompleteness, low academic quality, poor writing, poor spelling, and ungrammatical style. The lack of quality was described, in part, by the fact that “the pages are not numbered; there is no title; of sixteen or so chapters in the index only the first four are finished; misspellings are rampant (“Immerged” for emerged and “epic” for epoch “tentable” for testable are three examples); and the single illustration was apparently cut out of a science book with scissors and fastened to the thesis with glue or tape.”
Hovind’s “dissertation” has been a closely guarded document; contrary to the accepted practice of releasing PhD theses, Patriot and Hovind have refused to share his thesis. However, it is available here.
I read the first dozen or so pages and skimmed through the rest. I played a game – I rolled my scroll wheel to a random page and read it. Unbelieveable. Each page is truly a gem of inconceiveable irrationality. I would not have allowed my children to hand in something this poor in middle school, much less expect such a pitiful effort for a doctoral thesis.
Hovind’s ‘science’ is laughable. He has no grasp whatsoever of what evolution is, yet he argues against it a la the Kirk Cameron school of wide-eyed disingenuity.
It has either not been proofread, or proofed by someone as ignorant as Hovind himself. Any page is replete with mistakes and/or absurdities – usually both.
The last sentence on p63 into p64 is: “Microevolution is small little variations between the species that have been in the genetic structure by.” Yep, that’s it.
On the same page (pages are unnumbered but it is page 64 on the pdf) in ONE sentence he says, “In Scientific America… Allen Goode said … “ and he provides a short but supposedly direct quote. The magazine is Scientific American, and I believe it is Alan Guth who wrote the May 1984 article on Inflation that Hovind quoted. If he had the document to make the quote, he had the name of the publication and the name of the author that he could have copied. This degree of sloppiness is apparent throughout, though even if this had been a grammatically stellar document, the so-called science within it would make it unworthy of even a bad comic strip.
From Pdf page 11: “I would like to trace the history of evolution from the fall of Satan from heaven, through the last six thousand years, to modern day evolution, and explain what those teaching this doctrine have planned for the future. To really understand the history of evolution, we have to understand the author. Satan is the master-mind behind this false doctrine.”
Don’t miss the illuminating discussion of the light spectrum on pdf pages 80-83, including his POEM about atheists and blind men. It reduces me to speechlessness.
Ah yes, such brilliant scientific methodology, exquisite deduction tactics… eloquent prose.
Don’t take my word for it. Read it… if your stomach can take it. It would be funnier if it weren’t that there are people who actually believe what this fool says.
It is a national embarassment.
I give you “DOCTOR” Kent Hovind.