Category Archives: Creationism

April First Is Creationism Day

Yes, dear reader, once again, the most wonderful day of the year will soon be upon us. April First is the universally recognized day for celebrating the genius of creationists — not only here on Earth, but throughout the whole galaxy.

To add to your holiday joy, take a look at a column we found in The Northern Virginia Daily, titled Beware of fools in April!, written by George Bowers, the Senior Pastor of Antioch Church. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A fool is one who believes a lie. We often lump someone who is gullible into this category too for being so undiscerning. In this day of scams and sophisticated thefts, it can be very costly to believe certain lies.

Costly indeed. Then the rev says:

Of course the surest way to determine the truth is by examining the evidence. … This method is most valuable in protecting ourselves from internet scammers and those who try to sell us oceanfront property in Iowa. Do your homework. Check the map. Examine the evidence before committing cash, energy or emotions to someone’s claims.

Good advice. And here’s more:

If a stranger promises you millions from their Kenyan bank account, you’re wise to delete that email or at least check with the Better Business Bureau before replying. And if someone says they really love you, scrutinize their actions before trusting them with your heart. By wanting something to be true that isn’t, many have become fools.

That’s great, but what about creationism? Here it comes:

Even more costly is to believe lies that could have eternal consequences. Some say that science has disproven the existence of a Supreme Being while others deny any possibility of an afterlife. Often these types of claims are marketed in the same package and we would be wise to examine the label before we purchase them. Eternity is a very long time to be a fool.

Good advice indeed! The rev continues:

Although some Christian beliefs must be taken by faith, this becomes much easier once one has carefully researched the many objective facts that are readily available. Consider, for instance the infinitely small possibility that our universe could have come into existence by random factors and the even smaller chance that life could have arisen accidentally. Even many non-Christian scientists now realize these claims are false.

Yes, obviously false. Let’s read on:

Attempting to disprove the Creator, researchers have actually proven His necessity whether or not they believe in the Biblical One. [How did that happen?] So many processes and ratios have to be precisely tuned to very tight tolerances that even one of them would be unlikely to have arisen randomly, while all of them together is statistically impossible.

Ah yes, the fine tuning argument. See The Discoveroids’ Proof of Fine Tuning. Skipping a bit, the rev gets really serious:

Most importantly, we must examine the claims of Jesus’ resurrection. If you can disprove that, you can dismiss His statements about both His Heavenly Father (God) and the afterlife, for He mentioned both heaven and hell numerous times. … To deny this event simply because it is uncomfortable or seems impossible or because His teachings condemn our behavior, is to fail to check the most important claim of all time. If it is true, dismissing it without serious research will result in an eternally foolish decision.

Egad — eternally foolish! The rev goes on a bit more, we’ll leave him here. And because tomorrow is April Fool’s Day, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Please use the comments for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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Is This the Discoveroids’ Wildest Post Ever?

This one is amazing, even for creationists. We found it at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute, and it’s titled Rescuing Evolutionary Theory from Darwinian Mythology. It has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], historian of science Michael Keas begins a two-part conversation with Robert Shedinger, the Wilford A. Johnson Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of Religion at Luther College —

Whoa — wait a minute! This podcast thing is a conversation with a religion professor? Okay, that’s how the Discoveroids do things. Let’s get on with it. They’re still describing Shedinger:

— and author most recently of The Mystery of Evolutionary Mechanisms: Darwinian Biology’s Grand Narrative of Triumph and the Subversion of Religion.

Wowie — that is an impressive title! They don’t say any more about the book, but we couldn’t resist looking for it. here it is at Amazon.

After that they tell us:

Shedinger reports on the contrast between Darwin’s private view of his theory of natural selection and the public view as detailed in his published work.

What? Darwin secretly didn’t agree with his published work? We never heard that before. This is big news! The Discoveroid post continues:

Shedinger also notes the deficiency in evidence for Darwin’s proposal, despite claims to the contrary from his followers and evangelizers today.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There’s virtually no evidence for evolution! Wowie! Now we’re starting to understand this Discoveroid post. The Discoveroids aren’t even pretending to make sense! Very refreshing!

And now we come to the end:

Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

You gotta admit, dear reader — that was a lot of fun!

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Discoveroids Say There’s No Science-Faith Warfare

This one is bizarre. We found it at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute, and it’s titled Puncturing the Science-Faith Warfare Myth. The thing has no author’s by-line.

Their title’s implication declares that there’s no conflict between science and faith. How can anyone make such a claim? Ah well, let’s jump into the thing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], host and geologist Casey Luskin [Hee hee!] talks with historian of science Michael Keas in a lively conversation puncturing a series of anti-Christian myths about the history of science, including …

We’ll list their “anti-Christian myths about the history of science” separately:

the Dark Ages myth,

What’s the “myth”? The ghastly centuries between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Age of Enlightenment were indeed an age of darkness. But it was a great time for religion! Anyway, their next “anti-Christian myth” is:

the flat-earth myth,

That’s no myth — not if you believe what’s in the bible. See The Earth Is Flat! Okay, here comes the next “anti-Christian myth”:

the myth that the discovery of how big the universe is rendered humanity insignificant,

That’s no “myth’ either, when you think about it. The way Genesis tells it, Earth, along with Adam & Eve are pretty much the center of everything. Anyway, here’s the last in their list of “anti-Christian myths”:

and the simplistic revisionist history of Galileo and the Inquisition.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the Discoveroids have a history of trying to dismiss the significance of Galileo affair — see Discoveroids Defend the Galileo Trial, and also Discoveroids Say Galileo Was Well Treated.

That was quite a list of “anti-Christian myths”! But wait — the Discoveroids aren’t done yet. They say:

What about the claim in the Cosmos TV series that in abandoning his traditional Jewish faith, 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza was able to provide an improved framework for doing science?

Here’s the Discoveroid rebuttal to that one:

As Keas argues, the truth is just the opposite. Spinoza, he says, abandoned a key tenet of Judeo-Christian theology that had proven vital to the birth of science.

Oh — something in theology is vital to science — but they don’t tell us what it is. Well, maybe they do, because then they say:

Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]

The amazing Discoveroid post ends with this:

The conversation is occasioned by Dr. Keas’s essay in the newly released Science and Faith in Dialogue, available as a free download. [Link omitted!]

Okay, dear reader — that was a real ark-load of Discoveroid wisdom. What did you think of it?

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Discoveroids Can’t Give It Away

Two weeks ago we wrote Incredible Free Offer from the Discoveroids, about a free summer seminar on intelligent design being conducted by the Discoveroids in Colorado. The deadline for applying was April first. Naturally, we expected that they’d be swamped with applications.

But it seems that we were wrong. Today, at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute, we found a new post begging for people to sign up for the thing. It’s titled Summer Seminars in Colorado — A FREE Remedy for Cancel Culture; Applications Due April 1, and it was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

In the current cancel culture [Huh?] , you can’t open your mouth to express a reasoned opinion without risking everything short of your life. The situation is bad in the media, but worse in academia.

Yes, it’s dangerous to be a creationist these days. Klinghoffer says:

Proponents of intelligent design experienced this well before other did. Considering what to do in light of the threat to free speech, we launched the Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. The application deadline for this year’s Seminars is April 1. [Klinghoffer’s bold font.]

Wowie — creationists are suffering a threat to free speech, and that’s what their Summer Seminars are all about. Those folks are so brave! Klinghoffer tells us — again with his bold font:

Running June 26 to July 2, the Seminars are FREE and we can even help with transportation costs to the spectacularly beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle & Colorado Conference Center. The instructors are the stars of the ID research community. [Ooooooooooooh! The stars of the Discoveroid movement!] The students — mostly undergrads and graduate students, plus a few professionals, teachers, and professors — are a remarkably diverse and interesting group.

It sounds absolutely wonderful! He continues:

As one of our students last year said at the emotional concluding banquet, the Summer Seminars represent “science as it should be, rather than science as it is.” [Hee hee!] She was grateful to feel “safe” to explore fresh ideas about biological origins, and about the cultural consequences of those ideas. Very different from the oppressive atmosphere of many colleges and universities, here you can openly discuss the evidence for intelligent design without fear of being canceled.

Verily, it sounds like paradise — for creationists. Let’s read on:

This year’s instructors include [list of creationists].

Another excerpt:

For more information and an easy online application, go here for the Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences [Link omitted!], and here for the C. S. Lewis Fellows Program on Science and Society [Link omitted!].

And now we come to the end, with more of Klinghoffer’s bold font:

Do take note of that application deadline, however. April 1 is coming up fast!

Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for?

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