ICR Celebrates 50 Years of Creation Science

The granddaddy of all creationist outfits is the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. They have this new post at their website: 50th Anniversary Edition of ‘The Genesis Flood’ Just Released. It’s by Lawrence Ford, described at the end of the article as: “Executive Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Fifty years ago, two godly men were thrust into a public ministry that still reverberates with the lasting legacy of their faithfulness to God and to His Word. John Whitcomb and Henry Morris publicly placed their love for the Creator and His Word above all else, and their book, The Genesis Flood, published in 1961, continues to impact the Church and the world.

The Genesis Flood is credited with starting the creation science movement. ICR must be so proud. The article continues:

This year we celebrate this classic work with the release of the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Genesis Flood, now available with a new look and new material from Dr. John Whitcomb, as well as a memorial foreword by Drs. Henry Morris III and John Morris, the sons of ICR founder Dr. Henry Morris.

The new edition has new material! That’s exciting. The article gives a link where you can order one. Hey, buy a dozen and give them out as gifts — they’re sure to be appreciated.

That’s essentially all there is to the ICR article, but this is a good time for us to reflect on what creation science has done for the world. Let’s see … actually, it has had no impact — none at all — in the world of science. There are no peer-reviewed papers in the professional journals describing creationist research, and except for bible colleges, their “science” isn’t taught at any respected university, anywhere in the world.

Further, creation science has produced nothing in medicine, pharmacology, mining, agriculture, or any other productive field. Well, it’s generated some action in the dark corners of book publishing, but that’s also true of crop circles. As far as we can tell, the track record of creation science during the past half-century is indistinguishable from that of astrology.

So let’s all congratulate ICR on their anniversary. Fifty years of foolishness is quite an accomplishment.

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10 responses to “ICR Celebrates 50 Years of Creation Science

  1. You’d think they would have at least thanked the Jehovah’s Witnesses that Whitcomb and Morris stole most of their material from. So ungrateful!

  2. It’s so weird because I drive by the ICR all the time. It’s in a crappy, run-down office building/ strip mall. Clearly no actual science is going on there.

  3. LRA: “Clearly no actual science is going on there.”

    That zero is still a lot compared to the “science” that’s going on at Discoveroid headquarters in Seattle. At least the YECs make testable, and easily falsified hypotheses of “what happened when.”

  4. Zero science, but for about $13,000 you can get a Masters in “creation science.” Good luck with that.

    p.s. For half of that fee I’ll print you a certificate from Doc Bill University on any subject you want.

  5. Doc Bill says:

    For half of that fee I’ll print you a certificate from Doc Bill University on any subject you want.

    Just don’t try to compete by offering the highly-prized degrees offered by Curmudgeon University.

  6. this is a good time for us to reflect on what creation science has done for the world. Let’s see … actually, it has had no impact — none at all — in the world of science.

    Gonna have to disagree on that point. I believe it’s actually had an impact, but not in a good way. How much time and effort has been wasted due to the creationists? How many court cases have we had to deal with due to their “push for science”? We now have one of the two major political parties that has been all but ransacked and taken over by major creationists. And what do they want to do? They want to kill as much of the major science organizations as they can, such as the NSF. That’s bad for science. The kids in Texas and Louisiana now have to have their minds sent all in a flurry about whether the earth is billions of years old, or 6000. Did Jesus have a dinosaur ride as a child? They have a more difficult time finding out. That’s also bad for science.
    (Takes a deep breath….)
    How much further along would we be if Morris and Whitcomb had not managed to convince (with emphasis on “con”) the dupes of their idea? I’ll use one example: Eugenie Scott. If creationism wasn’t the major force it was, she’d be buried in a lab, pumping out great scientific work. To me, that’s a net loss for science. Again, that’s bad for science.
    That’s how I see it. I’m stepping off of my soapbox now.

  7. @Gary:

    I agree that “scientific” creationism and it’s more evil child, ID, has had a negative impact. While it has wasted countless hours of scientists and supporters of science combating pseudoscience, it probably has sharpened our skills at it, so it was not a complete loss, though overall probably more loss than gain.

    I for one do think that childern should question whether Jesus (or at least Adam & Eve) rode dinosaurs ~6K years ago (though not in science class). Trouble is, the ID gang does not want childern to question that, but only to “question” (learn arguments that promote unreasonable doubt, but not the refutations of those arguments) evolution. The ID gang knows that Flintstones creationism is nonsense, but in a “passive agressive” way, ecnourages childern (& adults) to uncritically believe it, if they so desire.

  8. Only 50 years?
    Not only is their science wrong their history is wrong too.
    Published in 1880, The Relations of Science and Religion – The Morse Lecture, by Henry Calderwood, LL.D., was waving the flag of creationism long before.
    The Morse Foundation was connected with the Union Theological Seminary in New York. The seminary, was founded in 1836, is currently affiliated with Columbia University. The book contains a series of lectures by a number of prominent academics at the time.
    The entire book was recently made available to download free by the Project Gutenberg. You can select from various formats here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/37370
    It’s very important to point out that Project Gutenberg is not a creationist puppet. It offers over 36,000 free books to download to a PC, Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Android etc. All books were previously published but now have expired copyrights.

  9. @Dennis:

    Not to defend ICR’s tactics in any way (though I find the DI’s tactics far more sinister), but 1961 (publication of “The Genesis Flood”) was when creationism completed its “evolution” from a mere belief system to full-blown pseudoscience, replete with being deliberately selective with evidence, quote mining, defining terms to suit the argment, etc. Since then, “creationism” (the anti-evolution movement) has been evolving towards what I call “the central pseudoscience.” With the ID scam at the forefront, it is becoming increasingly careful to say as little as possible about its own (mutually contradictory) “theories” – less to critically analyze, get it? – and more and more about what’s “wrong” with “Darwinism.” And even the “wrong” keeps evolving from “not enough evidence” to “how accepting it is the root of all evil.”

  10. Creationism has, sadly, had one major achievement: it has become a tribal shibboleth for a a dominant section of one of your parties and emblazoned the slogan ‘Ignorance is Strength’ on its banners.

    Worse yet, the other side seem to be happy to go along with it.

    Good luck America, we’ll miss [most of!] what you used to be.