Everyone knows that the Discovery Institute began as an attempt to get around court decisions that prevented creationism from being taught in public schools. Their scheme was to jazz up creationism, present it in “scientific” terms, and to carefully avoid references to scripture. This strategy, they hoped, would fool the entire world, and they could slide into academia as the promoters of a scientific theory — see Intelligent Design, the Great Incongruity.
They never fooled anyone — except those who were already fools. The first (and only) time the scientific status of their “theory” was tested in court was ten years ago, and it failed spectacularly — see Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
Despite the Discoveroids’ carefully scripted scientific charade, they’ve all but admitted that their magic designer is Yahweh — see Casey Admits the Designer Is the First Cause. Before that they had already emerged out of their closet, pranced around wearing ecclesiastical garb, and confessed that their “scientific” designer — blessed be he! — is transcendent. That means their designer exists beyond time and space, in that inaccessible and incomprehensible realm known only to the gods. Jeepers — who could it be?
Now — as if we needed any more evidence — the Discoveroids have once again demonstrated their fixation on the supernatural in a post written by John West, whom we affectionately call “Westie.” He was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo above this post. Westie is now President (or maybe vice President) of the Discovery Institute, which makes him one of the chief Keepers of their wedge strategy.
Westie’s post at the Discoveroids’ website is Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science? It doesn’t have a byline, but a press release from something called Religion News Service, which is also titled Are young people losing their faith because of science?, attributes it to Westie. His Discoveroid article says, with bold font added by us:
Earlier this year, Harvard evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson declared that “for the sake of human progress, the best thing we could possibly do would be to diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious faiths.” According to noted biologist Richard Dawkins, Darwinian evolution makes it possible to become an intellectually fulfilled atheist.
Why would a “scientific” outfit like the Discoveroids care? They shouldn’t, of course, because religion is outside the scope of science. But Westie cares. He says:
Many people, especially young people, think science contradicts their faith. This view can have a devastating impact on their belief in God. In reality, the genuine discoveries of science have been friendly to faith, not hostile to it.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, science has an unbroken record of verifying everything in the bible. Let’s read on:
Download this free report from Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture for information and resources to equip yourself, your family, and your congregation on issues of faith and science.
Westie sounds almost like Hambo, doesn’t he? We continue:
Here are some of the important questions the free report will address:
Pay attention, dear reader — these are important scientific questions:
• What percentage of young people now enter college believing that “the universe arose by chance”?
• What percentage of college faculty identify themselves as atheists or agnostics?
• How many young adults with a Christian background think “Christianity is anti-science”?
• What five big truths can help you counter the myth that belief in God is anti-science?
• What resources are available to help you engage young people and others who think faith is anti-science?
Here’s the rest of it — and again, Westie seems to be channeling ol’ Hambo:
Fortunately, there are a growing number of practical resources available to enable churches, Christian schools, and parents to address the relationship between science and faith in a constructive manner. Fill out this form to download the free report “Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science?”
Impressive, huh? It’s just what you’d expect from a science outfit. And here’s something extra — an excerpt from that press release we mentioned:
West’s report presents research on faith among young adults raised in Christian homes, college students, and university faculty. He recommends ways that churches can engage young people on these issues and outlines video and curriculum resources available for parents, youth leaders, and pastors.
So there you are. Now there can be no doubt about the nature of the Discoveroids’ work. There never was any, really, but now it seems that they’ve given up even pretending to be anything but a creationist ministry.
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