The Discovery Institute started so confidently 20 years ago. They had their manifesto, the Wedge Document, with it’s grandiose 20 year goals. But like their litigation, legislation, and other programs, they were all failures — see Discovery Institute: A History of Failure.
So look what they’re dishing out now. We’ll briefly consider two new items at their creationist blog. The first is On Being Human — A Reflection, by Ann Gauger (a/k/a Annie Green Screen). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Evolutionary biologist David Barash is a man on a mission. He wants to make sure that we all know we are only human, and that means we are only animal. We share DNA, mitochondria, organelles, our very flesh with animals, and so are animals too. We might as well give up any hope of being sons of God. That story in the Bible that we were created specially is just a story according to Barash, and a dangerous one at that.
You know the creationist Discoveroids can’t let that go. Annie says:
I find all of this sad. It is true that we share a lot in common with animals. It is true that we have DNA, RNA, and proteins in common, that we have mitochondria and organelles in common, that we have brains and bones in common. But we also have many things that we do not have in common with animals. These things Barash tends to underemphasize. For example, our ability to think abstractly about things not necessary for survival is amazing.
That’s certainly evidence for Oogity Boogity! Skipping some blather, she gives us even more evidence for creationism:
We build incredible cities. We do horrible things well beyond what animals are capable of to each other. We have language, that wonderful, marvelous, treacherous gift. We have music, that powerful, glorious, dangerous gift. And we have art, that beautiful, transcendent, painful gift. All these gifts are things that animals don’t have.
Therefore, Darwin was an idiot. Okay, that’s enough from Annie for today. Here’s another new Discoveroid post: Myth: A Big Universe Is a Problem for Christianity, by Mike Keas, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” who teaches at Biola University, a bible college. He says:
Self-appointed spokesmen for science often use the enormous size of the cosmos, with its billions of galaxies, as a club to beat up on Christianity. They say people in the Western tradition had to wait for modern science to grasp that the universe was huge, and had to shed historic Judeo-Christian views to do so. Not true.
Not true? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We begin our posts about the latest discoveries of extra-solar planets by reminding you of what the bible says — that the Earth was recently created as the only world in existence in the center of a rather limited universe, consisting of the Sun and the Moon above the flat Earth, with the stars as lights set in a presumably solid firmament rotating around us, just below the glorious realm of Yahweh. But Keas denies all that and says:
This is one of several anti-religious myths I dismantle in my new book [who cares?]
Quoting the bible is now an “anti-religious myth.” He continues:
Scientists from centuries past, including Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) and Blaise Pascal (1623–1662), recognized that the universe is vast. They saw in this no contradiction with their Christian beliefs.
Yeah, no problems. Tell that to Galileo and Giordano Bruno. Let’s read on:
Yet celebrity TV science educator Bill Nye, the “Science Guy,” is among those who suggest that the sheer scale of the cosmos means humans are insignificant. … But Bill Nye isn’t so much the science guy as he is the scientism guy. Scientism is atheistic dogma masquerading as objective science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And we’re supposed to believe that the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design somehow isn’t creationism masquerading as science. Then, to discredit what Nye says, Keas cites that noted scientific authority, C.S. Lewis, a British writer known for his fiction and Christian apologetics. You can click over there to read that stuff if you like.
Keas finishes with this scientific declaration:
For both Jews and Christians, here is the situation: We believe in an omnipotent, infinite God, and modern astronomical discoveries have confirmed that we inhabit a majestic universe befitting just such a creator. The Psalmist got it right 3,000 years ago: “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
As we’ve observed from time to time, the Discoveroids and ol’ Hambo are moving ever closer in their doctrines. Not surprising, because despite what they may say about their “scientific” views, they’re all creationists.
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