Discovery Institute Plans Another Revival at Biola

Having been humiliated by Southern Methodist University — see More Fallout after Creationist Revival at SMU — the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists) are planning yet another creationist revival.

But this next creationist revival meeting will be at Biola University, a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. Biola is safe ground for the Discoveroids. Very safe.

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

So what wondrous revelations can we expect at the forthcoming creationist revival meeting? The Discoveroids’ blog informs us in this article: God and Evolution at Biola University. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Can you believe in God and Darwinian evolution at the same time? Scientists and scholars have an answer that may surprise the audience as they explore this and related questions at the God & Evolution conference on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Mark your calender! You don’t want to miss this. But what will be the focus of this new revival meeting?

The conference will focus on the conflict between neo-Darwinism and traditional theological views of Protestants, Catholics and Jews.

Traditional theological views? That’s fine. We weren’t expecting any scientific evidence. It looks like there’s gonna be some real good, ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism — just the way it ought to be.

Let’s skip some promotional details and get to the end:

Join us for this one-day seminar, featuring contributors to the new book, God and Evolution, exploring these issues and offering a wide-ranging critique of those who seek to reconcile materialistic theories such as Darwinism with belief in God.

Are the Discoveroids finally giving up all pretense of being a science outfit? We doubt it. But they just had a revival at Biola in May. Why are they going back now, where they’ll be preaching again to the choir? We’re guessing, but it seems to us that having suffered so many failures this year, they’re just flailing about for the moment, trying to appear busy. It’s probably that time of year when they need to impress their generous patrons.

Anyway, if you’re interested in attending the revival, there’s a link you can use to register at the Discoveroid blog article. Hey — get this:

Tickets are $25 general admission, FREE for students and pastors

It looks like they’re not encouraging scientists to attend. But hold on a minute! Doesn’t that price structure amount to — gasp! — viewpoint discrimination? How intolerant! We’re shocked. Shocked!

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9 responses to “Discovery Institute Plans Another Revival at Biola

  1. Gabriel Hanna

    They need to have something to show their patrons. It’s never been about getting scientific evidence for intelligent design, it’s always been about giving believers a scientific-sounding rationalization for rejecting evolution.

  2. Biola should create a Department of ID and give all the DI guys faculty positions so they can all claim to be academics. Then they can create a Journal of ID, publish in that journal, and then get tenure. After that they can vegetate for the rest of their careers.

  3. Arguably, the DI/Biola relationship goes back to at least 1996, with the “Mere Creation” conference.

  4. This reminds of the waitress Claire from Blues Brothers.

    ‘Hey Casey, what kinds of ‘traditional theological views’ are you going to discuss?’

    ‘Both kinds, mister – young earth creationism AND young earth intelligent design.’

  5. rubble says:

    Arguably, the DI/Biola relationship goes back to at least 1996, with the “Mere Creation” conference.

    Also, Howard Ahmanson, Jr. is a patron of both Biola and the Discovery Institute.

  6. Good thing they’re pushing an almost strictly theological line in their newest evangelistic crusade, because I’d almost forgotten that ID was all about religion and not science.

  7. When I wrote the comment above it ended with “Yeah, right,” in between arrows. I was forgetting about how the servers eat up arrows and words bracketed by them…

  8. The conference will focus on the conflict between neo-Darwinism and traditional theological views of Protestants, Catholics and Jews.

    This is mainly part of the DI’s growing attack on the BioLogos-style accommodationists. As Dembski correctly pointed out some years ago,

    What lies behind this tendency to lump [design theorists] with fundamentalism as opposed to placing them squarely within the mainstream of American evangelicalism? The answer to this question is quite simple: Design theorists are no friends of theistic evolution. As far as design theorists are concerned, theistic evolution is American evangelicalism’s ill-conceived accommodation to Darwinism. What theistic evolution does is take the Darwinian picture of the biological world and baptize it, identifying this picture with the way God created life. When boiled down to its scientific content, theistic evolution is no different from atheistic evolution, accepting as it does only purposeless, naturalistic, material processes for the origin and development of life.

    The DI and its minions have lately been becoming more shrill about that lack of friendship.

  9. RBH says:

    The DI and its minions have lately been becoming more shrill about that lack of friendship.

    No big tent for those boys. Purity of essence!