Herbert Armstrong didn’t even complete high school, but some how he read material in the Central Library in Portland, Oregon from G. G. Rupert, wrangled a ministerial certificate from the Church of God Seventh Day and for no particularly good reason was granted the title of ‘Apostle’ by the very Conference he later betrayed, going on and becoming one of the most prominent false prophets in the United States in the early Twentieth Century with nutty ideas and even nuttier kook predictions which fell flat, but yet, he became a foremost expert in the minds of his deluded followers.Scientists do attempt to provide the most accurate information possible, following the scientific method, having peer reviews, performing statistical tests, but in spite of it all, they can make terrible mistakes. Consider the following:
You can read further about this phenomenon at PLOS Medicine: Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.
Quite obviously, in spite of this, science, technology, engineering and math do get a lot of things right: Witness the technological world around us. Science, technology, engineering and math does perform experiments and finally find out and ‘prove’ what works and we know this because we have the Internet, WordPress and smart phones. But it isn’t easy, in spite of the fact that sometimes it does look easy. Consider this from Quora:
I can’t remember who on Quora originally said this, but credit goes to whoever formulated this general idea:
We expect being a doctor to be really hard – that’s why they have to go to medical school for 7 years before they are allowed to call themselves a doctor.
Anyone who tries to claim they understand all about being a doctor without any training is frankly laughable.
And yet, with physics and maths, everyone seems to think that they, with a bit of intuition, can add something – or since they don’t believe something, it can’t be true. Here on Quora I see about 15 questions a day that say “can’t XX solve YY” where XX is dark matter and YY is consciousness – or whatever.
So why do people think they can contribute to physics/maths when they would never dream of saying to a doctor “have you never tried stopping the bleeding? That could stop people dying!”
It seems an odd dichotomy in humans.
So, without wanting to be mean:
Physics Research is hard. That’s why people have to train for 4 years to say they’re a physicist – 4 years of nothing but physics. How can it not be difficult if it takes that length of time to learn?
People who try and disprove physics with “logic” are essentially trying to skip this 4-year training phase – so should you take them seriously? Of course not – in the same way you shouldn’t take my advice on medical matters.
In conclusion: yes, advanced physics is very hard. It can take upwards of seven years to understand it to an acceptable level – and possibly even longer before you can even begin to make an impact on the subject.
So it takes education, training, experience and talent to come up with right answers — at least in, say, physics. A novice can’t just come along and jump right in to give the right answers. It is usually chaos.
So when someone comes along, like Herbert Armstrong, who turned out to be wrong about nearly everything, how is it that he has gained such credibility, even though he had such a dismal record, and for those who have an objective bent, had absolutely no real training, experience, education, talent and did no real valid research and work to obtain answers: He cheated and just copied all of that from someone else and assumed he had the right answers.
Are we supposed to take him seriously?
So how does it happen that this poorly educated, lazy plagiarist, fly-the-seat-of-his-pants philosophy salesman get such attention?
The truth is that Herbert Armstrong really didn’t know what he was talking about. That should be obvious from his failed prophecies based on the thoroughly debunked British Israelism. The error was compounded by those trained at Ambassador College learning from those who do not know and they are busy training their legacy in ignorance as well. Meanwhile, they all assume that they know their stuff when they don’t. Anyone who is competent and qualified can see right through their abject nonsense, yet they have such hubris that they disdain people who oppose their insanity and actually treat them with contempt.
Here is something utterly aggravating:
Back in 2008, Dr. Michael P. Germano worked for GCI and proved British Israelism false using DNA. Then he left for greener pastures and joined Living University to be the Chancellor of the ‘University’, which was the flagship educational vehicle for the Living Church of God under Roderick Meredith.No one can say that the LCG doesn’t know British Israelism is a crock and yet, British Israelism is now offered at Living University as a course, with the course code of THL 215, and it is entitled “The Lost Tribes of Israel”. No tribes were lost… not yet, anyway.
The faculty has to know that there are absolutely NO lost tribes of Israel. The course is being taught by Douglas Winnail. Here is the Course Prospectus For THL 215: The Lost Tribes of Israel in History and Prophecy.
Let’s have a quick look at the required reading list:
- The Bible, preferably the NKJV [The NKJV is preferred mainly by proof-texting fundamentalists with little or no grasp of biblical scholarship.]
- Bennett, W. H. The Story of Celto-Saxon Israel. Heber Springs, AR: The Covenant Publishing Company of North America, 2002. (ISBN 0818702907). [Can any good thing come out of Heber Springs? Call me cynical, but this doesn’t sound much like an academic textbook.]
- Capt, E. Raymond. Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets. 13th ed. Muskogee, OK: Artisan Publishers, 2010. (ISBN 0934666156). [Capt was the author of a variety of crackpot works including A Study in Pyramidology and The Great Pyramid Decoded: God’s Stone Witness. He was also a fervent BI apologist.]
- Ogwyn, John H. The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. USA: Living Church of God, 2008. [This is on the reading list? A 48-page booklet? Not even an ISBN number.]
This is preposterous. The whole thing is a scam. It is yet another product of The Self-Made Armstrongist Experts who know nothing at all, but you’d better believe that if you oppose them you will incur their wrath. We’ve seen that on the various anti Armstrongist blogs: Angry people filled with hate making threats against those who have just proved the pet peeves of the Armstrongists to be kook ideas. Since they are self-made experts, they know that anyone who opposes them is wrong and feel free to let fly some of the most unChristian things you have ever seen, declaring that the targets of their wrath will assuredly suffer at the hands of God, seeing that, as one crackpot put it, “my angel is ever before God” and you can be sure that vengeance will be taken against anyone who opposes the self-made expert. We should observe that Ronald Weinland declared death upon several people for exposing him as a false prophet. That was back in 2008. The cursed people have lived on and prospered quite nicely, making the rest of us jealous that we weren’t cursed by the felon knucklehead. Perhaps new curses with different despots will invoke the Malachi 2:2 curse in reverse: Instead of cursing the Armstrongist 1% blessings, God will see to it that the Armstrongists 1% cursings will be turned to blessings. You never know. Hopefully, we don’t know because we aren’t the self-made experts the moronic fools of Armstrongism are.
Rely on Deuteronomy where it says to ‘fear them not’.
Unless you know that they have really good expensive lawyers.
With consultants like that, they don’t have to be experts in anything but choosing really good expensive lawyers, not that did any good for Ronald Weinland for his Felony Income Tax Evasion trial by the Justice Department, so maybe even if they DO have really good expensive lawyers, their incompetence will catch up to them.
The trouble is that they have been affected by the Dunning-Kruger Effect: They are so incompetent that they cannot even conceive of their incompetence. They are incapacitated.
The bottom line is that there is no reason to trust any of these Self-Made Armstrongist Experts. In fact, you shouldn’t listen to them at all. They don’t know what they are talking about.
And they haven’t even put forth ‘best effort’.
If there is a Lake of Fire, as they are thrown into it, they will be angry that God is being unfair and will not have a clue as to what they’ve done wrong….
Which brings us to…
“relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
In other words, lies based on emotions used in order to distort the truth for the sake of making convincing arguments. It is useful for politics and religion.
We’ve seen this sort of thing before… just where was it…?
Oh, yes, it was Stephen Colbert! Check it out at Comedy Central, October 17, 2005! From Wikipedia:
Truthiness is a quality characterizing a “truth” that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively “from the gut” or because it “feels right” without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.
American television comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word in this meaning as the subject of a segment called “The Wørd” during the pilot episode of his political satire program The Colbert Report on October 17, 2005. By using this as part of his routine, Colbert satirized the misuse of appeal to emotion and “gut feeling” as a rhetorical device in contemporaneous socio-political discourse. He particularly applied it to U.S. President George W. Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. Colbert later ascribed truthiness to other institutions and organizations, including Wikipedia. Colbert has sometimes used a Dog Latin version of the term, “Veritasiness”. For example, in Colbert’s “Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando” the word “Veritasiness” can be seen on the banner above the eagle on the operation’s seal.
Truthiness was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster. Linguist and OED consultant Benjamin Zimmer pointed out that the word truthiness already had a history in literature and appears in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), as a derivation of truthy, and The Century Dictionary, both of which indicate it as rare or dialectal, and to be defined more straightforwardly as “truthfulness, faithfulness”. Responding to claims, Colbert explained the origin of his word as: “Truthiness is a word I pulled right out of my keister”.
Stephan Colbert was understandably ticked with the Oxford Dictionaries as having ripped off his term and expresses his ire on The Late Show:
Perhaps this is a bit above your intellectual level, so let the Wizard of Truth explain it:
The truth is, as we have seen above, that Armstrongists are no strangers to Post-truth truthiness lies. Herbert Armstrong started with them in the Radio Church of God back in the 1930s and his hireling henchmen legacies have carried it forward to this very time. Yes, we can prove British Israelism is a fraud objectively, but what about the feelings that it is true? No one can certainly deny the feelings! So because you feel it is true, it really is true!
This raises a certain concern about some of the post Armstrongist blogs. Today [and we MEAN today!], Armstrongist apologists with absolutely no leg to stand on and not one shred of objective evidence take over blogs with their blathering claims, appealing to feelings. For example, Ian Boyle insists that the Gospels are reliable, while even the most supportive respondents say,
Byker Bob said…
Byker Bob said…
After this psychopathic nonsense a commenter finally responded:
Well, well, well. Those that have read my comments here and elsewhere know that I am not noted for any sentimentality, but for analysing cause and effect. Cicero observed, “we must be able to see the effects, while they are still in the womb of their causes.”
We all appreciated the perceptive observation of Opinionated:
Mahon just kept the insults coming and here is the last one we’ll post here:
Even though Armstrongism entered the Post-truth era long ago, 2016 has been a banner year for the Cult of Herbert Armstrong Mafia to really show their colors as liars — rather strident obstreperous post-truthers, without one shred of humanity, befitting their narcissism, hubris and the lack of morals, ethics and propriety. It is chilling to imagine the long term effects of Armstrongism in the post Armstrong era, invoking the wonder of pondering the question of what the yet unseen and unaddressed issues there may be for those of us who have left the realm.
Meanwhile, while Armstrongists wallow in their cesspools of lies, distortions and delusions, we do hope that vainly that they will repent of their misdeeds. At the very least, we hope that there will be another Exodus, this time from the liars of the 1% who can never be trusted.
In the next post, we will consider 2017: What’s ahead.
In the meantime, consider this from AsapSCIENCE: