Once upon a time, if the regular posters at Dan Marvin’s ‘Debunking Atheists‘ blog are to be believed, Dan was a Christian you could talk to. He’d post articles about his beliefs and then actively engage in meaningful dialogue with the visitors to his site. It may have been inaccurately named, but at least (I’m told) you could expect a two way discussion on ‘Debunking Atheists’.
Then he discovered Sye Ten Bruggencate, and changed. No longer was he able to discuss anything, no longer did he listen to other ideas, no, Dan became so enamoured of Sye’s ‘argument’ that he bought into it hook, line, and sinker.
Which is a shame.
Now, if you encounter Dan online, you’ll find him parroting Sye’s idiocy, to the point of coming across as nothing more than a fan boy who wishes he was Sye. Dan’s now travelled so far through the looking glass, that he sees nothing wrong in posting articles that blame childhood cancer on Atheists.
There’s really not much more to say about Dan Marvin, as his personality has vanished into a Sye shaped hole, and his opinions are now either meaningless gibberish, or reflections of Ten Quid‘s.
Paul Taylor is unusual in Creationist circles, being neither American (a la Hovind or Kirk Cameron) or Australian (cf. Ken Ham, Ray Comfort), but English. Recently he’s jumped ship from the UK arm of Answers in Genesis to Eric Hovind’s Creation Today.
Paul is seen as a ‘Dinosaurs living with people’ expert and has written at length about how dinosaurs could fit on the ark, as well as having authored several fact free books. He is an apparent employer of the ‘Gish Gallop’ when giving lectures to eager believers. Since leaving old Hambo’s AiG organisation he has, seemingly, relocated to the Pensacola, Florida, the home town of his employer Eric Hovind.
Paul Taylor’s reputation precedes him and he is well know for his misrepresentations of palaeontological discoveries.
In a letter he wrote to the Leicester Mercury newspaper in 2006 he made the claim that “any scientific facts – such as the report in the journal Science (March 2005) of unfossilised soft tissues, including blood vessels and cells, in a Tyrannosaurus rex thigh bone – are causing many to question the ruling evolutionary/millions-of-years paradigm.”. As someone who posits himself as an ‘expert’ on dinosaurs, it is astonishing that he mades these claims when the published paper about the discovery said no such thing. )You can read the paper for yourself here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19407199, and there is a video that touches on the issue here – http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/203009/detail/)
In fact, Mary Schweitzer, the scientist who discovered that T.Rex thigh bone, has had this to say of the claims of Creationists like Paul Taylor – “They treat you really bad…They twist your words and they manipulate your data.” (read more on this here – http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/issues/2006/may/dinosaur.php?page=1)
In the Leicester Mercury letter he also claimed that ‘ Francis Crick, discoverer of DNA, who was so concerned about the lack of evidence for molecules-to-man evolution that he proposed that life was seeded on earth by aliens! ‘ this is another instance of dishonesty, seemingly designed to infer that Crick supported the Young Earth Creationist view.
His claims that man and dinosaurs co-existed are entirely without merit, and directly contradicted by the fossil record. He claims in his book ‘The Great Dinosaur Mystery, and the Bible’ that ‘some new discoveries indicate that man and dinosaurs may have lived together in the not too distant past’ – this, again, is an absolute lie. There has not been a single instance of human and dinosaur remains being found together, and any supposed examples of such (the Paluxy riverbed prints for example) have been shown to be either nothing more than eroded dinosaur prints, or outright fakes. To read more about just how clueless and dishonest Paul Taylor is about dinosaurs, go here – http://www.stupiddinosaurlies.org/the-great-dinosaur-mystery-and-the-bible and here – http://www.stupiddinosaurlies.org/dumbest-aig-article-yet
Not only is Paul’s point of view regarding dinosaurs thoroughly dishonest, it is also unbiblical, requiring the shoehorning of ‘evidence’ into the text where nothing of the sort exists. To claim that dinosaurs and humans lived together is to make a fool out of Christians in the eyes of non-believers, a task Paul Taylor seems fully qualified to handle.
Back around May 2010, Kingston NY, USA resident, Robert Sorensen, re-dedicated his life to Christ (according to his blog). If he’d left it at that everything would have been fine. Instead, Bob started a campaign of spreading Creationist nonsense, insulting non-believers, and generally acting like a hardcore Internet Troll (ironic, considering that’s what he calls everyone who disagrees with him)
A huge fan of radio host, TAG fan, and Calvinist Matt Slick, Bob has repeatedly made claims that atheism causes brain damage, accused all of his critics of ‘logical fallacies’ despite apparently not knowing what they are and, in the summer of 2011, started a new blog dedicated to copy/pasting the ‘best’ of Creationist claptrap. A common theme across all Bob’s blogs is his repeated failure to enable comments, or to heavily moderate any he does allow so as to give the impression that everyone agrees with him.
Regularly to be found attacking the faithless on Twitter, Bob is renowned for his lack of courage when challenged to put his money where his mouth is. Many are the times when he’s told atheists that he’d give them ‘a spanking’ if they were face to face with him, but any attempt to get him to Skype into a live debate is met with a sudden attack of shyness. To be honest you’d be more likely to get a blow job from the Pope than see Bob Sorensen man up and defend his views in a live debate.
Luckily, Bob’s influence is significantly smaller than he realises, with Twitter followers barely scraping three figures, and blogs that are read only by non-believers howling with mirth as Bob repeatedly proves that he wouldn’t know real science if it walked up and discovered his face.
ADDENDUM: Bob Sorensen cried about the image that was at the top of this page, so I replaced it with another image that looks exactly like him. After a successful counter claim of ‘Fair Use’ to WordPress, Bob failed to take legal action within the required 14 days, so the material has been reinstated (with WordPress’s permission)