Creationism & Bar Codes: Mark of the Beast!

ONCE again, we bring you some cutting-edge creation science from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of creationist wisdom. This highly informative article appears at their website: Printable Devices Promise Easier Tracking. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Most people are familiar with the barcode labels on items purchased at the store. Silicon-based radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags are another kind of label that has been used for decades to track containers, farm animals, and library books. Now, new nanotube-based tags may replace bar codes and revolutionize the way goods are tracked, shipped, and purchased.

Why does a young-earth creationist outfit like ICR care about a possible replacement for barcode labels? Let’s read on:

Rice University in Houston, Texas, is famous for developing carbon nanospheres, called “buckeyballs,” as well as carbon nanotubes. Researchers there have developed nanotubes for various technologies, and they found that the nanotubes can be activated under a specific radio frequency signal.

Where’s the creationism? Skipping a lot … ah, here it comes:

When UPC bar codes became industry standards in the United States between the 1970s and 1980s, some Christians speculated that the technology could be used to track not just products, but also people. To them, this would make the plain sense reading of several passages in the book of Revelation feasible. Revelation describes an evil world ruler who will masquerade as the Lord Christ reigning on earth, and his government will strictly track and ration buying and selling:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:16-17)

Whoa! For people who take their scripture literally, we see big problems. Here’s more:

The late Institute for Creation Research founder Henry M. Morris wrote about this passage in his 1983 book The Revelation Record: “The mark is something like an etching or a tattoo which, once inscribed, cannot be removed, providing a permanent identification.” And since there will be three options for this visible identifier — a mark, a name, or a number — this future tracking system seems in context to be enforceable with simple technology.

Hey, they’re quoting Henry Morris: the Ultimate Creationist. This really is serious. The ICR article has only one more paragraph:

Although it is interesting to theorize that some variant of RFID tags could centralize the tracking of people and products, the use of such high technology for the purpose described in Revelation 13 remains speculative.

This is most admirable. The creationists at ICR aren’t yet willing to sound the alarm and spread panic. But there’s certainly cause for concern. What would we do without those guys?

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6 responses to “Creationism & Bar Codes: Mark of the Beast!

  1. I thought we’d already discovered that the “Mark of the Beast” was fingerprints. At least that is what one Texas teacher was claiming last year.

  2. I’ve been telling my wife about this for years. She still rolls her eyes, so I guess she not on the ball like the ICR and I are.

  3. “the nanotubes can be activated under a specific radio frequency signal.”

    Clearly their physics is on a par with their biology. If I may quote you… Arrrrggghhh!

  4. Nanotubes are teh devil’s radio.

    (teh was an actual a typo., but Go Clapton.)

  5. Sorry for nitpicking, is this an AIG or an ICR article? You start off linking to ICR but reference AIG twice in your commentary for the last two quotes.

  6. surprisesaplenty says: “Sorry for nitpicking, is this an AIG or an ICR article?”

    You are correct. I sometimes get them confused. All fixed now. Thanks.