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Is It Time for the Discoveroids To Get Nasty?

This one at the creationist blog of the Discovery institute may signal a whole new era in their war against Darwin’s theory of evolution, and maybe science in general. It’s titled Stephen Meyer, Eric Metaxas: Are Atheists Gaslighting Us?, and it was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Stephen Meyer and Eric Metaxas talked about their respective new books — Return of the God Hypothesis and Is Atheism Dead? [Links omitted!] The two are in agreement about a great deal, and in fact Eric in his book employs arguments for intelligent design developed by Meyer and other ID theorists, with full credit.

Thrilling news — two creationist authors talked about their new creationist books, and they agree with each other. Whoopie! Also, for those not familiar with his name, according to Wikipedia, Eric Metaxas “is an American Christian author, speaker, and conservative radio host.” Then everything gets strange. Klinghoffer says:

But one interesting question where they don’t quite overlap emerges in the conversation. [What could it be?] Metaxas gently chides Dr. Meyer for his graciousness to opponents in the world of scientific atheism.

Meyer is too gracious? What behavior does Metaxas want? Klinghoffer tells us:

Eric raises the question of whether the atheists [Scientist = atheist?] are gaslighting us — given how absurd their defenses against theism seem to be. He notes directed panspermia and the multiverse as illustrations.

There’s an ark-load of stuff in that. Aside from the claim that “evolution = atheism,” there’s the delightful word gaslighting. It means “to cause a person to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation.” And how do we get creationists to doubt their sanity? Metaxas says we’re always ranting about directed panspermia and the multiverse. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Frankly, your Curmudgeon has never known anyone on the evolution side who seriously cared about those things, but Metaxas thinks they’re bedrock concepts. Klinghoffer continues:

This suggests to Metaxas that the proper response, even to distinguished scientists like the late Steven Weinberg or Stephen Hawking, is laughter and ridicule, not respectful engagement.

Metaxas is a really classy guy! Let’s read on. Klinghoffer says:

It’s an idea…but I come down more on Steve Meyer’s side on this one. Not because I’m persuaded that there is an obligation always to be winsome. There’s a time for peace and a time for war, after all.

That’s what he said — in the great debate between evolution and creationism, there’s a time for peace and a time for war. Klinghoffer finishes with this:

But if the objective is to persuade and enlighten, then you have to take opponents’ ideas seriously, present them in their strongest and most sophisticated form, and then dismantle them, as Meyer does in his book. [Hee hee!] That aside, it’s an entertaining and illuminating episode of The Eric Metaxas Radio Show. Metaxas is a great host and interlocutor, as always. You’ll find it here. [Link omitted!]

It’s a good thing the Discoveroids are still in a peaceful mode. We shudder to think what would happen to us if they were unleashed.

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Good News Free Fire Zone

You’re wondering about the good news that our title promises, aren’t you? We won’t keep you in suspense. The good news is that we can’t find any creationist news out there, and the creationist websites haven’t posted anything that we can play with. Therefore, we’re on our own.

We keep asking if you think Biden is doing a good job, but no one ever responds. Why is that? Come on, you never had any difficulty criticizing Trump, so now that he’s gone there’s gotta be something you can boast about. Let’s hear it!

Alas, all we can hear is crickets. Why is that? Anyway, we’re declaring another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. 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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Discoveroids Predict Desperate Darwinist Behavior

There’s a frightening title to the latest post at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute: Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?, and it has no author’s by-line.

Just below the title is an amazing photograph of Jonathan Wells, about whom we’ve written recently — see We’re Defeated by Evolution’s Biggest Problems. For background information about Wells, we referred you to one of our earlier posts, Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells. But if you really want to know about him, see his write-up at Wikipedia: Jonathan Wells (intelligent design advocate). They have a lot of information about his multi-decade career with the Unification Church — i.e., the “Moonies” — and then his affiliation with the Discoveroids.

Okay, that’s who Wells is. Now lets get back to the Discoveroid post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] spotlights The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith [Amazon link], and specifically, an essay in the new anthology by biologist Jonathan Wells, “Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?”

They blogged about a different chapter of that book recently, about which we wrote We’re Defeated by Evolution’s Biggest Problems. Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They say:

As Wells and host Casey Luskin [Hee hee!] note, the essay title alludes to philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn’s influential 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Is Darwin’s theory in crisis? Let’s find out. The Discoveroid post tells us:

Kuhn argued there that if one studies the history of scientific revolutions, one finds that when the scientific evidence has begun to turn against a dominant scientific paradigm — when its days are numbered — its adherents do not simply concede defeat. [They don’t?] Instead they use all their institutional power to suppress dissent and punish proponents of any competing paradigm.

Well, yeah — that’s what Galileo encountered. But we’re a bit more civilized now — at least that’s how it seems to us. For example, when the eternally oscillating model of the universe was challenged by observations that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, not slowing down because of gravity, we don’t recall any violent opposition. Anyway, the Discoveroid post continues:

This is the period of crisis, which can last for years and even decades. Wells contends that modern evolutionary theory is a current instance of a dominant paradigm in crisis.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re getting near the end of the Discoveroids’ exciting post. Here’s another excerpt:

He briefly makes the case in this episode, and at greater length in his essay, which appears in the newly released anthology from Harvest House, edited by William Dembski, Casey Luskin, and Joseph Holden.

Sounds wonderful. Their post ends with this:

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

Okay, dear reader, you better start getting ready. The Moonie-Discoveroid is predicting some extreme times ahead, as the traditionalist Darwinists “use all their institutional power to suppress dissent and punish proponents of any competing paradigm.” It’s going to be wild!

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Tardigrades Reveal Nothing About Evolution

Once again we bring you a brilliant article by Ken Ham, (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. It’s posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s creationist ministry, and it’s titled “Water Bear” Discovered Preserved in Amber. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Tardigrades (also known as water bears) are famous for their ability to survive nearly anything, including the vacuum of space. Evolutionists believe these microscopic animals have survived for 540 million years, and yet, partially due to their size, only three fossil specimens have been uncovered.

Some of that is confirmed in the Wikipedia article:titled Tardigrade. They don’t spend much time discussing fossils, presumably because numerous species of tardigrade are currently alive. Wikipedia says “There are about 1,300 known species in the phylum Tardigrada ,,, ” Then Hambo says:

The third tardigrade specimen — described as a “once-in-a-generation” find — was only just discovered, preserved incredibly beautifully in a piece of amber dated at supposedly 16 million years. As many amber fossils are, this tardigrade was so well preserved that scientists could observe fine details.

Why is Hambo interested in this fossil? He tells us:

Tardigrades are believed to be an “ancient lineage,” surviving since the so-called Cambrian period 540 million years ago. This specimen is thought to be, by evolutionary reckoning [Hee hee!], a mere 16 million years old — and yet the specimen is easily recognizable as a tardigrade, with minor differences internally to place it in a new genus. But tardigrades remain tardigrades!

Come on, Hambo, get to the point! Here it comes:

No evolution has occurred because evolution is nothing more than a story applied to the evidence to explain life without God. [Gasp!] But it does a poor job explaining the evidence because the true history of life is given to us in God’s Word!

Wow — tardigrades haven’t evolved. Darwinism is doomed! Hambo’s conclusion is sloppily drafted, but here’s a bit of it:

And a fossil tardigrade doesn’t “empirically [show] their progression through Earth history.” [Who is he quoting?] It shows a fossil tardigrade. [Duh!] … The fossil is empirical evidence — the explanation for how tardigrades evolved isn’t!

So there you are — wherever that is. Now that you’ve seen Hambo’s article, what’s your opinion, dear reader?

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