The Discovery Institute, as you know, has a long history of holding creationist revival meetings to promote their peculiar theory of intelligent design. Their events are usually held at churches, unless they can rent a place at a location that will give them some prestige, like a university or a museum. But this time they’re doing something new.
Their article announcing the event is You’re Invited! More than 100 Churches and Other Groups Will Co-Host “Science and Faith” Simulcast on Sunday, September 21. A simulcast? Hosted by more than 100 churches? This sounds like a major new development. Let’s see what’s going on. They say, with bold font added by us:
On September 21, more than a hundred groups across the United States and Canada will host a simulcast on “Science and Faith: Are They Really in Conflict?” The event features Oxford University’s John Lennox, Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer, and BreakPoint radio’s Eric Metaxas.
Who are those creationist stars? Two of the names are known to us. John Lennox isn’t officially a Discoveroid, but he participates in many of their revival meetings. Stephen Meyer is not only Vice President of the Discovery Institute, he’s also a Senior Fellow, whom the Discoveroids praise for his book about the Cambrian “explosion,” Darwin’s Doubt. He was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy.
The third name, Eric Metaxas, is one we’ve only run across once before. He’s an admirer of the Discoveroids, and he runs a group in New York that has hosted a speech by Meyer. We discussed that event in Discoveroid Stephen Meyer in the News. Okay, back to the Discoveroids’ announcement:
More than sixty co-hosting groups have agreed to make their simulcast available to the general public, so you are cordially invited to attend.
They provide a link for that, and later they have other links where you can see a list of the sponsoring organizations (they’re almost all churches), and where you can get even more information. Let’s read on:
Here is what’s on the agenda! Has science disproved God? Or do new scientific discoveries actually provide compelling support for faith?
Are those supposed to be alternative propositions? The answer to both questions is “no.” In this next excerpt, they sound just like Ken Ham:
More than half of teens in youth groups plan to pursue careers related to science or technology. Yet surveys show that nearly a third of Christian young people think “churches are out of step with the scientific word we live in,” and a quarter of them believe “Christianity is anti-science.” These views are likely reinforced when they attend college, where 61 percent of biologists identify as atheists or agnostics according to a recent survey.
We assume that the Discoveroids’ revival, like all religious revivals, is intended to increase church attendance. Very scientific. Their article continues:
Other questions to be addressed during the simulcast include:
• Just how “scientific” are the claims of leading atheists?
• Are human beings the result of an unguided Darwinian process?
• Does nature supply evidence of intelligent design?
Are you thrilled, dear reader? Are you motivated to tune in to hear the simulcast? If you’re still undecided, they wrap it up with this:
The simulcast will be of interest to everyone, but it will be especially helpful for parents and their middle school, high school, and college-age kids. Tell your friends!
So there you are. If you’re in the mood for some of that ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, now you know where to find it.
And there’s one thing you gotta admit: The Discoveroids know how to promote a scientific theory!
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