Eric Hedin Leaves Ball State, Goes to Biola

You may recall the controversy over Ball State University’s physics professor Eric Hedin, who was criticized for teaching intelligent design. The university jumped all over him, while at the same time the Discoveroids were defending him. The last time we wrote about Hedin was Eric Hedin Gets Tenure at Ball State.

Now it seems that he’s moving on — to a bible college that has strong ties to the Discoveroids. The news is in the Star Press of Muncie, Indiana — the home town of Ball State University. Their headline is 5 years after religion controversy, BSU physics professor leaving for Christian school, and they have a comments section — with no comments yet. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Eric Hedin, a Ball State University scientist and Christian who was unwillingly thrust into the national spotlight five years ago, is leaving the university. Two years after earning tenure, Hedin’s retirement with emeritus status was approved at a Ball State board of trustees meeting on June 25. Except he’s not really entering retirement.

If he’s not retiring, what’s he going to do? The Star Press quotes an email they received from Hedin:

This fall, I will begin a new academic position as professor and vice chair of the Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in Biola’s School of Science, Technology and Health, within an academic setting where the integration of science and faith flourishes.

Biola? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! 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. Biola has been the site of many Discovery Institute creationist revival meetings

The Star Press tells us:

All faculty, staff and students at Biola are professing Christians. Before arriving at Ball State, Hedin taught at two Christian schools: Taylor University and Huntington College.

Hedin should be happy at Biola. One last excerpt:

Also in 2013 [when the Hedin controversy erupted], Ball State hired intelligent design advocate Guillermo Gonzalez as an assistant professor of astronomy. That, combined with the Hedin controversy, put the university at the center of a national education debate over science versus religion. Gonzalez remains on Ball State’s faculty.

Ah yes, Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him, He’s a Discoveroid “senior fellow,” and his prior position had been teaching at a bible college. He’s a co-author of The Privileged Planet, a creationist classic.

So that’s the news. Ball State’s loss is Biola’s gain. And Ball State still has a Discoveroid on their faculty, so all is well in the world of creationism.

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15 responses to “Eric Hedin Leaves Ball State, Goes to Biola

  1. Michael Fugate

    Don’t miss out on this tomorrow at BIOLA:
    https://www.biola.edu/events/2018/did-jesus-exist-a-30-000-foot-view

    To compare, here is the eduction background of the Biology Department Chair:
    Ph.D., Loma Linda University
    M.S., Institute for Creation Research
    B.A., Point Loma Nazarene College

  2. Mark Germano

    I bet his first act as vice chair will be championing academic freedom by hiring a few opponents of intelligent design.

    That’s how that works, right?

  3. ladyatheist

    Coincidentally, the university president who was hired shortly after the Hedin Affair, is now the president of Biola. Hmmm Will Gonzo be the next emigré?

  4. Thanks Michael Fugate for alerting me to the reality that ICR can issue degrees. In this case, an MS to then (now Dr) Wendy Billock why heads the Biola Biology Dept. Though I must say that Ms Billock’s work on “Behavior of a captive pair of drills, Mandrillus leucophaeus” doesn’t seem, at first blush, a subject likely to advance the cause of ID.

    Biola appears to offer an impressive array of subjects. Though they may (or not) be preaching to the converted,, one cannot but wonder whether they harbour those awful, sinful (well, at least according to Ken Ham) people who use radiometric testing to determine the age of stuff.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Y’know, folk wisdom often produces important and valuable scientific observations, especially in biology and sociology. In this case, one again sees the great truth of “Birds of a feather flock together”.

  6. Have you noticed that, although ID is totally not religious, it sure is surrounded by a lot of overtly Christian people, Bible colleges and creationist institutions, overwhelmingly of the evangelical Christian type. Anybody any idea why this should be?

    Kidding.

  7. It’s a sad, sad day. Now the unbeatable team Hedin-Gonzalez has split all the spectacular progress of IDiot research of last five years will come to a halt.

  8. @Draken

    Coincidence?

    Yeah, no, you’re right, it’s worth pointing out to them, since creationists make such a big deal about promotion of evolution supposedly being driven by God-hating atheists who all just want to sin and not be accountable to their Maker, anyway.

  9. Draken brings up a good point.
    Is there a Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other religion with a version of ID?
    Anyone know?

  10. Oh mighty hand from above, in your glorious aboveliness, couldest I beseech thee to correct the autocorrect version of Draken from Drake’s back to Draken?
    You would have my eternal thanks.

    [*Voice from above*] Your groveling is an example to all.

  11. @TomB
    For example, the analogy of the clock maker is found in the pre-Christian (Roman polytheist) Cicero: On the Nature of the Gods.

  12. Tom B asks: “Is there a Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or other religion with a version of ID? Anyone know?”

    The Titan Prometheus, of course, who stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind. According to Prometheus Bound, by Aeschylus, among other gifts he bestowed upon us:

    Senseless as beasts I gave men sense,
    possessed them Of mind.
    I speak not in contempt of man;
    I do but tell of good gifts I conferred.

    […]

    Moreover, number, the most excellent
    Of all inventions, I for them devised,
    And gave them writing that retaineth all,
    The serviceable mother of the Muse.

    […]

    And in a single word to sum the whole-
    All manner of arts men from Prometheus learned.

  13. See the Wikipedia article “Teleological argument” for the widespread uses of something like the “analogy of design”.

  14. Michael Fugate

    Hedin’s course on the Boundaries of Science its comic reading list will be a perfect for BIOLA.
    http://scienceblogs.com/evolutionblog/2013/05/22/the-ball-state-kerfuffle/

  15. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    “The ICR Graduate School (ICRGS) was formed in 1980-81 in order to provide graduate-level training in science for men and women who wanted post-graduate degrees in science in a Biblical, creationist context.”