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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