Adventures in Creationist Education

WE BRING YOU news of a great opportunity to purge the fallacies of evolution from your mind. In the Christian Post we read: Creationists to Mark ‘Darwin Day’ with Anti-Evolution Conference . Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

While hundreds of celebrations worldwide will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth beginning in February, one creationist ministry will be holding conferences to refute the famed scientist’s theory of evolution.

Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ky., will host two free national conferences to help Christians defend their faith against a theory that the ministry sees as running counter to Scripture.

Thrilling, isn’t it? Your Curmudgeon will give you some helpful links: Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum (“Prepare to believe”). Now let’s read on:

So many Christians have been convinced by the academic elite that there is some validity to Darwin’s beliefs regarding evolution, and they try to find ways to compromise, and fit creation and evolution together,” said Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, who will be a key speaker at both conferences.

“We want to help them understand that Darwinian evolution is wrong, and that it has undermined the Christian faith and has fueled social ills like racism and abortion,” he said in a statement.

Abortion too? What’s the next accusation — prostitution? We continue:

“Many Christians are surprised when they learn that valid science confirms the biblical accounts of creation and Noah’s Flood,” added Ham. “Our mission at Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum is to spread that message in order to uphold all of Scripture and therefore reach non-believers with the gospel.”

That’s good to know. Hey, send them some money! Here’s another excerpt:

Many Christians and most members of the Catholic Church accept a brand of evolution known as “theistic evolution,” which teaches that evolution was a tool used by God in the creation process. Not all Christians will shun “Darwin Day.”

The reporter made a decent attempt to present both sides of the story. But note that interesting expression: “Many Christians and most members of the Catholic Church …” Maybe we’re reading too much into it. Anyway, there’s more to the story, so click over and read it all.

But wait — there’s more!

The neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) are also offering a creationist educational opportunity. Their blog carries this story: Discovery Institute Announces 2009 Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences and Culture. Excerpts, with bold from us:

Discovery Institute is pleased to announce two intensive summer seminars on intelligent design, science, and culture from July 10-18, 2009 in Seattle. The first seminar is for students in the natural sciences and philosophy of science; the second seminar is for students in the social sciences and humanities (including politics, law, journalism, and theology).

These seminars are designed for highly-motivated college students who seek a deeper understanding of science and its implications for society.

And that’s not all!

Discovery Institute will pay expenses for students who are accepted into this special program (travel, lodging, meals, books and other course materials).

This is the opportunity of a lifetime! How many of you are going? Raise your hands. [We look, but see no hands.] You may regret this. For a long time.

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4 responses to “Adventures in Creationist Education

  1. retiredsciguy

    Free travel and lodging to Seattle? Too bad you’d have to put up with hours of mind-numbing creationist lectures. Otherwise, I might be tempted to pass myself off as a college student for a free trip!

  2. retiredsciguy

    Oh, I forgot to comment on the Christian Post’s faulty geography — Cincinnati, KENTUCKY? True, Ken Ham’s museum is in Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, and Cincinnati’s airport is in Kentucky, but Cincinnati itself is wholly within Ohio. At least it was when I was there last weekend.

  3. retiredsciguy says: “Free travel and lodging to Seattle?”

    A tempting opportunity indeed. But with the thousands of applications they must be getting, I doubt that they’d accept the Sensuous Curmudgeon.

  4. IIRC, you have to have a recommendation from an ID-supporting professor who knows your work well, or endure a phone interview with Bruce Chapman. Obviously they’re not planning to “teach the controversy” at this workshop . . . they just want more choir members to preach at!

    Hmmm . . . I wonder . . . if the workshop is supported with any state/federal grant monies, and entrance depends on adherence to ID theology, can the DI be sued for religious discrimination? Jes sayin’ . . .