Great news, dear reader. The Discovery Institute is having another creationist revival meeting, and like several others we’ve written about before, this one will be at Biola University. That’s the California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. We’ve previously posted about the interlocking relationships between the Discovery Institute and Biola. And as we reported earlier, for the celebration of their centennial year, Biola honored Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design.
This is the Discoveroid post that makes the big announcement: “Bad Design” or “Natural Evil”? Upcoming Event at Biola University, January 26-27. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In addition to questions of science, debates over Darwinian theory raise a number of thorny philosophical, ethical, and theological issues. An upcoming meeting of the Christian Scientific Society at Biola University in Southern California will explore one of them, the existence of “natural evils,” sometimes characterized by evolutionists as “bad design.”
Bad design? Are they talking about the stuff that caused us to write Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer? Let’s find out. The Discoveroids say:
Speakers will include Discovery Institute Fellows Michael Keas and Cornelius Hunter. More information is here.
Wowie — that’s an all-star lineup! All right, let’s follow their link, where we’re told:
Many evolutionists point to “bad design” in nature, or predators, etc., as evidence of evolution by undirected processes. Many Christians also accept that these things are “bad,” and argue that they are a result of the Curse when humanity fell into sin. For others, natural evil is a major theological problem.
And for some of us, theology is irrelevant in such situations. Things like preditors are features of reality — to be studied, understood, and overcome. Then they give us the program for the revival:
• Friday night, January 26, 8:00 PM, A Friendly Debate: “Resolved: Carnivorous animals are the result of the sin of mankind.”
• Saturday afternoon, January 27, 1:00 PM, “Non-Empirical Influences on Evolutionary Theory and the Principle of Plenitude”
• 2:00 PM, “The Human Genome: ENCODED by Design”
• 3:00 PM “The Tragic History of Mutations as the source of Genetic Variety”
• 4:00 PM “Evil or Potential for Greater Discovery?”
Some of those topics aren’t self-explanatory, but if you visit their link they attempt to describe what they’re talking about. Okay, back to the original Discoveroid post. This is the rest of it:
The dates are Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, and there is a meeting registration fee of $35 for full and associate members of the Christian Scientific Society, or $50 for non-members. Admission for students is free. You can register here [link omitted]. If you are in the area, please join us for a weekend of thought-provoking discussion.
Well, dear reader, do you have a couple of days to kill? If you’re looking for some of that good ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, this may be what you’re looking for.
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