Ray Comfort's Evolving Banana Lie
When the Christian apologist Ray Comfort attempted to disprove evolution with just his limited knowledge of bananas he instantly became an international laughingstock. When the flaws in his claim were made publicly known Ray did what he does best, he made up more lies about bananas. Join us in this three part story which starts off with Ray Comfort's well known original banana lie, followed by his banana lie diversion, and concludes with his latest collection banana lies used to cover up his original banana lie. You may notice a theme.
On Ray Comfort's own evangelism TV show titled "Way of the Master" Ray and his sidekick, ex-teen star Kirk Cameron, compared a banana to a manmade soda can. They concluded that since a banana has many traits similar to a soda can that make it more convenient for the appreciation of humans then just like a soda can the banana too must have had a conscious designer and that designer was of course Yahweh, the god of Abraham. Although this segment from Way of the Master became popular through a youtube video clip titled "The Atheist's Nightmare" Ray preached and continues to preach his claim at lectures and in his propaganda flyers and books such as "God Doesn't Believe in Atheists" published in 1993 and reprinted in 2002, 2005.
- Is shaped for human hand
- Has non-slip surface
- Has outward indicators of inward contents: (Green - too early, Yellow - just right, Black - too late)
- Has a tab for removal of wrapper
- Is perforated on wrapper
- Bio-degradable wrapper
- Is shaped for human mouth
- Has a point at top for ease of entry
- Is pleasing to taste buds
- Is curved towards the face to make the eating process easy
a god then by that logic the inconvenience of pineapples is evidence that there is no god.
Musa maclayi (Wild Banana)
In a video titled "Ray Comfort apologizes for banana illustration" from "Living Waters" Ray attempts to divert people away from his now publicly exposed false banana claims by saying, "My apologies for not explaining myself more clearly. I was not aware that the common banana had been so modified by hybridization, however, the truth remains that God gave man the knowledge and ability to modify it, so that it perfectly fit into his hand. He did the same with big dogs so that they could fit into our car and with wild cats, so that they are perfectly fit for the wife."
Remember when Ray Comfort just basically said that the critics were right and bananas are not naturally convenient for men like originally claimed but his god must have given man the knowledge and abilities to make the naturally inconvenient banana convenient? Yeah well, ignore all that. Ray Comfort is now resurrecting his original lie about bananas by making up a few more lies to help support his original claim. In an interview by Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) Ray Comfort states, "There isn't any evidence that the banana has changed its shape in the last 2,000 years." He then provides a link to a PDF file titled The Banana Controversy for "evidence that the banana hasn't changed shape."
Plantains (not wild)
Ray Comfort is correct, the modern name banana is from the Arabic word for finger and it was most likely named after the shape of the banana. Ray Comfort however ignores that the banana was not brought to Palestine by Islamic conquerors until 650 AD, this information can even be found on the first website Ray cites as a source. Since the fruit now known as "bananas" was not introduced to Arabic merchants until 650 AD it obviously did not get named after the Arabic word for finger until after 650 AD which is about 8,650 years after cultivation first began.
We can get another clue as to the shape of the original banana by looking at the origin of the word "banana." It comes from the name banana, which is Arabic for "finger."
I worded the text in Part 3 as if Ray Comfort was the author of the PDF file titled "The Banana Controversy." To the best of my knowledge Ray is the author but regardless of who wrote it Ray Comfort still used the PDF as "evidence that the banana hasn't changed shape."
- 1:1 The Need To Discuss Christianity 1:2 Christianity Isn't Harmless 1:3 Has it Caused Good? 1:4 Christianity's Immoral Teachings
- 2:1 Why Christianity Can't Be True 2:2 God 2:3 Jesus Christ 2:4 Souls & the Supernatural 2:5 Why So Many Still Believe
- 3:1 Closer look at the Bible 3:2 False Claims 3:3 Contradictions 3:4 Bible Stories
- 4:1 History of the Faith 4:2 Creating the Bible 4:3 Changes & Lost Gospels 4:4 Inventing Christ
- 5:1 Living For This Life 5:2 What Godlessness Means 5:3 Atheism & Humanism 5:4 Stories of De-Conversion 5:5 Answers & Concerns
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