Along with the rest of the Islamic world, Turkey is mostly a creationist country. We’ve written about this before — see, e.g., Creationism Progresses in Turkey, where we said:
Everyone has heard of Adnan Oktar (a/k/a Harun Yahya), about whom we once wrote Harun Yahya Offers Eight Trillion Dollar Prize. And as we mentioned here, the Institute for Creation Research has been active in Turkey for years. The Discoveroids also send speakers to Turkey (see Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Islam), and other creationist groups probably do too.
Today we have a good example of Discoveroid outreach into the non-Western world. They’ve just posted Adventures in Ankara at their creationist blog. The author is Paul Nelson, a Discoveroid “fellow.” This is his write–up at the Discoveroids’ website: Paul Nelson, Fellow. The last time we mentioned him was to describe his appearance at Another Discoveroid Revival at Biola.
Nelson teaches at Biola University — a California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. 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.
That’s enough background. What happened at Nelson’s creationist pilgrimage to Turkey? He says, with bold font added by us:
Last week, I hit the road for Ankara, Turkey, to participate in the 3rd International Congress on Evolution Under Scrutiny. This conference, organized entirely by Turkish students, was held at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, and featured several of the leading figures who deal with evolution and its relation to other fields, in Turkish (or Middle Eastern) science and philosophy. Among the speakers: [list of creationists omitted].
Ooooooooooooh — it must have been exciting! Let’s read on:
I spoke on “Why Is the Origin of Animal Body Plans Still Unsolved?” in the last session of the conference.
Nelson doesn’t give us the answer, but we can guess — it’s because the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — works in mysterious ways. Nelson continues:
Discussions before and after the talks were lively, with questions ranging across biology, philosophy, and Islamic theology. I was able to overcome a bad case of jet lag, and found several new Facebook friends among the conference participants, with whom I look forward to interacting in the months to come.
Isn’t that sweet? At the end, he adds an even more personal touch:
And by the way, the lamb and chicken kebabs at the reception following the conference were alone worth the trip.
Verily, a heart-warming experience. We are pleased — and not surprised — to see that the Discoveroids’ version of science is making so much progress in the Islamic world.
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