Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Rev. David Rives: Jesus Was a Creationist

Today’s news void was starting to bother us, but suddenly the Drool-o-tron™ went into action, alerting us with its blaring sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). As expected, our computer was locked onto WND’s presentation of the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

WND’s headline is Jesus defends biblical creation account. We always assumed that to be the case, but it’s good to have confirmation from the rev and WND.

So we clicked on the video — as we know you will. The actual title for it is Jesus defends biblical creation. The rev is waging a full assault on theistic evolution, which he says is “compromised creation.” That’s bad! It’s gotta be full-blown creationism, all the way.

For backup he refers not only to Jesus (who said something about Moses), but also to the “scores of scientists” he interviews each week, and he flashes images of Danny Faulkner and Georgia Purdom from AIG, and Jason Lisle from ICR. It’s an all-star lineup! When the rev is done, you won’t want any of that yucky evolution stuff!

The rev is wearing his bible-boy suit. He’s never looked or sounded more authoritative! It’s the usual 90-second presentation, followed by a commercial. Go ahead, click on the video and take a look. He’s so gosh darned cute you just can’t resist.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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Physics Professor Wants To Prove God

This fascinating tale is in the Christian Times. It’s titled Tulane Professor Sets Out To Mathematically Prove God’s Existence. Now that’s our kind of story! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

A college professor and former atheist has reportedly announced that he is trying to prove God is behind earth’s Big Bang Theory.

We didn’t know the Earth had a Big Bang theory, but one should always keep an open mind. We’re told:

Tulane physics professor Frank Tipler has reportedly made it his mission to find a connection between the scientific beginnings of the world and God’s creation. “There is a God out there that created everything that is,” the professor of the New Orleans-area college told WWL-TV recently.

Wikipedia has a writeup on him: Frank J. Tipler, which says that he “is a mathematical physicist and cosmologist, holding a joint appointment in the Departments of Mathematics and Physics at Tulane University.” Then they say:

Tipler has authored books and papers on the Omega Point, which he claims is a mechanism for the resurrection of the dead. Some have argued that it is pseudoscience.

Pseudoscience — why would anyone think that? Wikipedia also says:

He is also known for his theories on the Tipler cylinder time machine. Tipler was a fellow of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design, a society advocating intelligent design.

An unusual fellow! Wikipedia also has an entry for the Tipler cylinder, if you want to learn about his time machine. Here’s his faculty page at Tulane: Frank Tipler, Ph.D. M’god — he teaches a course in Omega Point theory. Let’s return to the Christian Times:

The professor went on to say that he believes God is the Big Bang Theory, adding that after many years of research, “I realized that the laws of physics gave me no choice but to be a Christian.” Tipler added that although people have described him as crazy or wrong, he still believes that when scientists are talking about the Big Bang Theory, they are really talking about God.

There’s not much else to the story. How could there be? But here’s one more excerpt:

Tipler’s dedication to scientifically proving God’s existence comes after Pope Francis said in late October that evolution and the Big Bang Theory are real and are in line with the existence of God, going against the argument employed by many scientists that say the scientific theories are mutually exclusive to the existence of God.

There’s a lot that we could say, but we won’t. It wouldn’t be appropriate because we haven’t read any of his work. We doubt that we ever will, so we’ll just leave Tipler where he seems to be — on the farthest edge of the fringe.

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John West’s Film Shown at Biola

Your Curmudgeon is able to find humor in the most bizarre activities of creationists, but what we’ve got for you this time is so bad — so tragic — that it’s difficult even for us to laugh about it. So we’ll just give it to you straight.

The news comes from The Chimes, which is the student newspaper of Biola University, a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles.

We’ve previously posted about the interlocking relationships between the Discovery Institute and Biola. And as we reported earlier, for the celebration of their centennial year, Biola honored Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design.

The cozy relationship between Biola and the Discoveroids continues to be alive and well. The Chimes gives us this headline: Scientist finds evidence of intelligent design in the universe. Wow! Let’s get right into this. We’ll use some bold font for emphasis. They tell us:

The Biola Christian Apologetics Program screened a film entitled “Privileged Species: How the Cosmos is Designed for Human Life,” written and directed by John West of The Discovery Institute.

John West is a Discoveroid Senior Fellow and Associate Director of their creationism think tank, the Center for Science & Culture. Around here we affectionately call him “Westie,” and we look forward to his output for laughs. What saddens us about this story in The Chimes is that they’re serious about Westie’s movie. Kids go to Biola thinking they’ll get an education, and this is what goes on there. Here’s more from the story:

The short film featured Dr. Michael Denton, a biologist and geneticist who finds evidence in nature that earth was intelligently designed for human life, and that we are, in fact, not an accident.

Denton? Ah yes, the last time we discussed him was Discoveroids: The Universe is Platonic. Back to the Biola newspaper:

Approximately 500 people attended the November 14 event, which was hosted by Biola faculty John Bloom, Craig J. Hazen and Fred Sanders. It included an interview with Denton himself.

Many of you keep up with developments in biology, but for some reason, the only places you can learn of this “evidence” are the Discoveroids’ website and now the Biola student newspaper. Is there a conspiracy to keep such information from you? We’ll let you decide that. Let’s read on:

“Privileged Species” aims to explain how the elements carbon, water and oxygen work together so intricately that if these elements differed even slightly, intelligent human life would not be able to exist.

Huh? Are we reading that correctly? If the elements which comprise us were different, then we wouldn’t exist. Duh — of course! And if oxygen atoms didn’t have 8 protons, then there wouldn’t be any H2O. So Denton is right! If the elements were different, chemistry would be different, and therefore biology would be different — maybe even impossible. It’s an amazing insight: If the universe were different, then — by golly — everything would be different! Is that what Westie’s film is all about? We continue:

The precision of the conditions that support life in our universe provide strong evidence of the intelligent design that purposely built nature. The beauty and parsimony of the way the elements of our universe fit together reveals the universe’s specific design for beings like ourselves, Denton said.

M’god — they’re serious! What do those people do — worship the periodic table of the elements as if it were written in stone by the flaming finger of Yahweh? When the chart is reverently displayed at the front of a chemistry class, do they bow down and chant Oogity Boogity? Maybe so, but we don’t want to know. Here’s more:

Denton presents his evidence for intelligent design by explaining the roles of carbon, water and oxygen in the essential functions of natural and human life, and how the perfect balance of their conditions suggests that we are, in fact, a privileged species, living in a universe perfectly fit for us. The intricate construction of these elements points to a designer, and cannot be random.

Okay, that’s it — we’re stopping this one right now! We don’t see anything here that’s amusing. You can click over to The Chimes and read it all, if you care to. Hey, you can even watch Westie’s film. Then let us know what we’re missing.

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Answers in Genesis: An Ark-Load of Nonsense

Take a look at this foul mass of misinformation from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the online ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).

It’s a reprint of something they first posted in September of 2008: The Stealing of America. It was junk then and it’s junk now. The thing was written by Mike Riddle, a new name for us, but he has this biography page at the AIG website.

This is going to be difficult for us, because virtually every one of Riddle’s sentences is wrong, and it would take far too much time to debunk it all. Besides, we’ve already done a lot of that in one of our favorite posts, Is America a “Christian Nation”? But we’ll do what we can. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Though not all of America’s Founding Fathers were Bible-believing Christians, the United States was nevertheless founded on biblical principles.

Beep — wrong! Riddle should read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. Hint: there’s no mention of God, the bible, or Christianity. Riddle’s whole essay is like that — it’s one false statement after another. Next he says:

These Fathers declared that our rights come from God, the Sovereign Creator. For example, the Declaration of Independence reads:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Beep — wrong! In the immediately preceding sentence, Jefferson (no fundie) defined the Creator as Nature and Nature’s God — a Deist expression. Let’s read on:

The U.S. Founding Fathers recognized that our rights come from God and that government should exist to protect our rights. However, if there is no God basis, then our rights can only come from the generosity of the state and its leaders. If the state gives us our rights, then the state can take them away.

Beep — wrong! The Founders believed that our rights come from our nature — an Enlightenment idea they got from John Locke. We continue:

In addition, if there is no God, then men are not “created,” and they are not necessarily “equal”: Charles Darwin declared that man evolved and was not created and that some are more evolved than others. The state in essence can become the new god. Darwin wrote:

Riddle then quote-mines Darwin. We won’t bother to copy it, but if you read his article, note the ellipsis. It’s very crude work. We discussed that specific quote in WorldNetDaily — Worthless Creationist Rag!, so we won’t bother to repeat ourselves. Here’s more:

America has always recognized the existence of a higher authority than the state (based presumably on Genesis 9). This accountability is expressed in all three branches of the U.S. government:

President’s oath of office: “So help me God”;
Congressmen and Senators’ oath: “So help me God”;
Witnesses’ oath in court: “To tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God”

Beep — wrong! The President’s oath is in the Constitution, along with a separate oath for all other government officials. The phrase “so help me God” isn’t there. See Article II, Section I:

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: — “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

An “affirmation” is a secular oath. The witness’ oath isn’t in the Constitution, but the God phrase is entirely optional in every court. Further, as you know, Article VI provides:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Has Riddle ever read the Constitution? It doesn’t matter. He writes for ol’ Hambo, and that’s all we need to know. Moving along:

Many of our rights are being taken away. The state has been systematically stealing the rights of individuals and groups.

He gives some examples. No, he doesn’t mention things like taxation and regulation. He mentions only the “social conservative” issues like abortion (the unborn have rights) and displaying the Ten Commandments in public places. But his big example of a stolen right is:

The right to question evolution (academic freedom) in many universities is forbidden and persecuted (see the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed).

No comment necessary. Then he asks:

How Did This Happen? Over decades of systematic training, our children have been bombarded with the secular humanistic worldview in public school systems in many countries. They have been taught that there is no God, there are no moral absolutes, they are products of evolution, and there is no clear meaning/purpose to life.

You knew he’d get around to evolution eventually. Then he spends a few worthless paragraphs claiming that secularism is a religion. Here’s one final excerpt from near the end:

The Christian worldview begins in the book of Genesis with the words “In the beginning God created. . . .” The key to returning America to a biblical base is to build from that solid foundation of Genesis 1:1. In other words, the strategy is to build from the bottom-up.

So there you are. Those wicked evolutionists have stolen our rights, which the Founders say come from the bible. The solution is to ram ol’ Hambo’s view of things down the kiddies’ throats. At least Riddle got one thing right — he’s starting at the bottom.

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