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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