Discoveroid Revival Meeting in North Dakota

This item is found at the website of WDAY, the ABC TV station in Fargo, North Dakota. It’s titled Intelligent design scholar to speak.

There’s something definitely odd about the expression “intelligent design scholar.” It’s an oxymoron — as when we refer to someone as a “creationist genius,” but in that headline it seems to be an unintended oxymoron, which is quite amusing. Anyway, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Biology philosopher Dr. Paul Nelson will speak at 7 p.m. Monday in the Century Theater of the Memorial Union on North Dakota State University’s campus.

That’s only a couple of days away. Not much time to make plans! Here’s the university’s website: North Dakota State University (NDSU). It’s a state university, so why are they having a creationist event on campus? The news story continues:

Nelson’s “Biology Points to Intelligent Design and Challenges Undirected Evolution” is part of NDSU’s Intelligent Design Fellowship, which provides a forum for Christian thinking and discussion regarding intelligent design, prophecy and other evidences of God.

Oh, it’s a private group, and they not only discuss creationism, but also prophecy. This is obviously not a university event. There’s only one more paragraph:

Nelson has been involved in the intelligent design debate for more than two decades. He is currently the fellow of the Discovery Institute and an adjunct professor at Biola University in Los Angeles.

He’s a Discoveroid fellow? Indeed he is. Here’s Nelson’s write–up at the Discoveroids’ website: Paul Nelson, Fellow.

And he teaches at Biola. Ah yes, Biola University — a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. Their current name is made up from the initials of their original name 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.

Out of curiosity, we went to the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. They don’t mention this event, but they have an article from a year ago about a revival sponsored by the same group at the same campus: At North Dakota State University, Presenting the Positive Case for Design. It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Casey says he was the speaker, and he told the group about the bacterial flagellum and the Cambrian explosion. That must have been thrilling.

The new revival meeting ought to be a good one. If you’re going to be in the Fargo area this coming Monday and you’ve got a yearning for some of that good old fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, then head on over to the NDSU campus.

Update: See NDSU’s Response to Campus Creationist Revival.

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10 responses to “Discoveroid Revival Meeting in North Dakota

  1. Alex Shuffell

    Biology philosopher? That’s an interesting title I’ve never heard before.

    Couldn’t you aslo describe yourself as an Intelligent Design scholar? You’ve done a lot of studying on it, you’re learned in their ways, just as much a specialist as anyone of them, it must take hours to learn it all. And, you’re a good teacher of Intelligent Design, I’ve learned a lot from you.

  2. Alex Shuffell asks: “Couldn’t you aslo describe yourself as an Intelligent Design scholar?”

    I’m more of an observer — of odd folkways.

  3. I’d love to go but alas I’ll be busy reorganizing my sock drawer.

  4. Alex Shuffell: “Biology philosopher?”

    I was all set to comment on this as well. How about a “Chemistry poet”? Or a lawyer specializing in the Law of Gravity?

    Since philosophizing about biology requires no evidence, it’s an apt description of an intelligent design proponent.

  5. Retired Prof

    Afraid I won’t make it out to NDSU to hear Paul Nelson. To get there in time to get a motel and rest up beforehand I’d have to leave home tomorrow and drive into the teeth of a winter storm.

    Besides, it would probably unnecessary. Last Tuesday night I heard Michael Shermer give his talk “The Believing Brain” (touting his new book with that title). One of the beliefs he mentioned was creationism/ID, so now I feel like I’m all caught up on that topic.

  6. Magic underware and talking snakes; cannot await.

  7. I don’t know about NDSU, but University of Southern North Dakota has a Musicology program with far more merit than Intelligent Design will ever have.

  8. Can’t wait to read the DI’s spin on the talk tomorrow. Maybe some enterprising student will post a more accurate version somewhere, or if we’re very lucky, one of the University’s biology professors will show up. It’s always fun when they visit SMU – hopefully NDSU can muster some of the same critical analysis.

  9. Mr. Curmudgeon:
    I have read your most recent missive, and appreciate your analysis of this particular odd folkway. I wish only to point out that in your ultimate paragraph, you inadvertently left out “snake-handlin'” from your description of the creationist revival meeting under consideration.
    Best regards,

  10. Mark Joseph says:

    you inadvertently left out “snake-handlin’” from your description of the creationist revival meeting under consideration.

    Right. Tongue-talkin’ too. But I think those activities are limited to only a few denominations, and in my customary benevolence, I didn’t want to be exclusionary.