The Discoveroids’ Texas 2019 Revival Meeting

Klinghoffer just posted a new one at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Melissa Cain Travis: The Argument from the Existence of Science.

Your first question is: Who is Melissa Cain Travis? We posted about her once before — see Discoveroids: The Designer Created Science. They say she teaches at Houston Baptist University, and although she’s not a Discoveroid, they were nevertheless promoting a book she had written.

Today they’re promoting her again. Here are some excerpts from Klinghoffer’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Professor Melissa Cain Travis is among the speakers at next month’s conference, co-sponsored by our Houston Chapter, Reasons 2019: New Conversations on Science and Faith.

If you click on that link you’ll see that the “conference” is another Discoveroid creationist revival, and it’ll be held at Faith Bible Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Melissa is described like this:

Dr. Travis is Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and was highlighted as one of the five top women apologists by CT (April 2015). [“CT” is probably Christianity Today.] In addition to Science and the Mind of the Maker, she has published a series of apologetics books for children, the Young Defenders Books.

Very impressive! Then Klinghoffer says:

She will be talking about a wonderful insight she calls the “Argument from the Existence of Science.” Travis discussed this with host Emily Kurlinski on a new episode of ID the Future. [Wowie — a Discoveroid podcast!] Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]

We know you’re dying to know about Melissa’s “wonderful insight.” Klinghoffer doesn’t let you down. He tells us:

Briefly, she says, the idea is:

[He quotes Melissa:] Because we have a successful scientific enterprise, we can through various avenues of evidence and philosophical argumentation reach the conclusion that not only must there be an intelligent mind behind the cosmos but there must be something about the human person that has a rational kinship with that intelligence. Otherwise scientific experimentation, investigation, would never have been possible.

Yes, yes! The mere existence of science is proof of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Klinghoffer continues:

That’s a powerful thesis. [It certainly is!] At Reasons 2019, Professor Travis will be joined by [a bunch of creationists] and the great Michael Behe [Hee hee!], author of the cutting-edge Darwin Devolves.

What an event! You gotta be there, dear reader. He finishes with this:

Join us May 3-4 in Woodlands, Texas, for the Reasons 2019 conference. More information and a link to register are here. [Link omitted.]

Well, dear reader, do you have a couple of days to kill? If you want some of that good ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, this may be just what you’re looking for.

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14 responses to “The Discoveroids’ Texas 2019 Revival Meeting

  1. This is why I keep going after “what is your theory”.
    All that they can say is that they have a problem with naturalistic explanations.
    NEVER do they say what they have positive to offer.

  2. “one of the five top women apologists”
    Not that anyone here has doubted this since The Flying Spaghetti Monster knows when, but still this deserves some attention. The last glimpse of scientific pretense is gone. The Discotute admits that IDiocy is not science.

    I’d like to nominate Melissa for our dear SC’s gallery of Creationist Hotties:

    https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2015/april/melissa-cain-travis-apologist-mom.html

    “do you have a couple of days to kill?”
    Unfortunately May 4th is Rembrance of the Dead.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_of_the_Dead

    In my municipality it will be held in a church. As I’m an unbeliever I won’t pray, but during the two minutes of silence I will give some thought to the braindead people of the Discotute too.

  3. @TomS persists: “what they have positive to offer.”
    Goddiddid.
    Paley”s False Watchmaker Analogy.
    Intuition.
    A travesty of Plato’s philosophy of ideas (human science is a pale reflection of Divine Science otherwise science would not be possible).
    Ie nothing remotely scientific – apologetics all the way down. Or rather a pale reflection of poor apologetics, an already not too respectable field study.

  4. docbill1351

    Melissa ain’t got no PhD … yet. She’s listed on the flyer and the HBU website as a “doctoral candidate.” Faulkner University in Alabama. Bible college degree mill. Even for the Tooters that lineup is pitiful.

  5. Michael Fugate

    In his extraordinary new book, “Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose”, renowned Brazilian chemist Marcos Eberlin explores a gold rush of recent scientific discoveries that pose a grave challenge to modern evolutionary theory. Drawing on his expertise as former president of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation, Dr. Eberlin uncovers a myriad of artful solutions to major engineering challenges in the biological realm, solutions that point beyond blind evolution to the workings of an attribute unique to minds–foresight.

    Somehow I would imagine his belief in an agent god is much more important for his conclusion than his PhD in chemistry.

  6. @FrankB
    And among the things they have to offer is a neat compilation of fallacies.

  7. The Woodlands north of Houston, a gigantic system of upscale bedroom communities, wildflower meadows, wooded green belts, upscale shopping and eateries/ And churches. Lots of churches. Its easy to be especially blessed by god when you’re affluent and enjoying your giant pickup , giant house and giant swimming pool. And Babs everyones favorite Texas Education Board elected closet creationist member. The fundagelicals and holy rollers in The Woodlands must be really going nuts if they’re having a Discoveroid Revival. A virtual pantheon of the willfully ignorant will attend.

  8. “That’s a powerful thesis.”

    About as powerful as Rabbi Klinghoffer playing battleships in his bathtub and breaking wind to sink his destroyers.

  9. Woodlands, Texas is also the annual meeting spot for a major lunar and planetary science conference. Where real scientific results are presented.

  10. Forgot to say that I’ve been to two of those planetary geology conferences in Texas – fantastically fun.

  11. Karl Goldsmith

    “professor of apologetics”

  12. “…Discoveroid creationist revival, and it’ll be held at Faith Bible Church…

    Faith. Bible. Church. Surprised they didn’t find a way to fit Jesus and Holy in there as well. Oh — and Gospel, either Full or Partial.

  13. OK, so recently I presented old news. How about this one?

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1090-x

    In Flemish newspaper De Morgen you can read a summary; for those so unfortunate that they can’t read Dutch there is a short video.

    https://www.demorgen.be/tech-wetenschap/wetenschappers-vinden-allereerste-molecule-die-ooit-gevormd-werd-in-heelal~bba46ad4/

    And then there is this cutie.

    https://www.newsweek.com/prehistoric-enormous-big-lion-simbakubwa-1399058

    I’m waiting for Ol’Hambo …..

  14. @FranKB
    The ion HeH+ is interesting. It is believed to be the first chemical composition after the Big Bang, even before H_2. But it is difficut to detect because its prominent spectral frequency is close to a common one of CH. The article reports its first detection in space, but the neutral HeH was detected in the 1980s,
    The Wikipedia article tels us that HeH+ is theoretically the strongest acid.
    “Theoretically”, because it doesn’t exist in a condensed state. I don’t know why I never heard of it in my college chemistry – it was produced in a laboratory in 1925 (which is well before I took chemistry).