William Dembski, one of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), who holds their title of senior fellow (i.e., full-blown creationist), is giving his students credit if they go around trolling on the internet.
Almost everyone else who blogs about The Controversy has mentioned this, for example Little Green Footballs, so we’ll discuss the subject only briefly.
This is the website for Dembski’s students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For at least one course Dembski tells the budding creationists, with bold added by us:
You have three things to do: (1) take the final exam (worth 40% of your grade); (2) write a 3,000-word essay on the theological significance of intelligent design (worth 40% of your grade); (3) provide at least 10 posts defending ID that you’ve made on “hostile” websites, the posts totalling 2,000 words, along with the URLs (i.e., web links) to each post (worth 20% of your grade).
Hey, get this:
EXTRA CREDIT: For those who think they need mercy on missed or poorly answered quizzes, please get Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and write a 750 to 1000 word reflection on lessons to be drawn from that book for Christian apologetics.
It’s charming to see how the allegedly conservative Discoveroids so eagerly embrace leftist gurus. Dembski seems to be running some weird kind of left-wing creationist madrasah.
Everyone else is criticizing Dembski, but that’s not your Curmudgeon’s style. Instead, we’ll offer a helpful suggestion. Hey, Dembski:
In the interest of — wink, wink — academic freedom, we suggest that as an alternative to trolling, your creationist students should be given equivalent credit for visiting a museum (a real one) and voiding their colons on the floor in front of the evolution exhibit. There are several reasons why a creationist might prefer this to trolling: 1) it’s just as persuasive; 2) it feels just as good; 3) it’s probably healthier; and 4) it’ll make a longer-lasting statement — unlike websites, museum floors don’t have a “delete” button.
Anyway, we advise Dembski’s students not to waste their precious time at the Curmudgeon’s place. Creationists’ comments are swiftly deleted here.
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