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Creationist Cults

The notoriously bizarre Institute for Creation Research (sic) cult routinely publishes equally bizarre religious notions which they wish to pretend are some how scientific. This text file takes some of the cult's own bizarre publications and takes a look at them in extract to show just how nutty (verging on the insane) these "Modern Day Flat Earth Society" nuts actually are.

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In this bizarre propaganda piece we find out that evolution can some how be "pantheistic." This proves once again that the ICR cult has no idea what evolution is and what it is not. I won't take much time with this one but we'll take a brief look:

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Ever since Darwin, the concept of natural selection has dominated evolutionary thought...

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Actually people recognized that evolution occured long before Charles Darwin codified his observations into a written work. Darwin certainly wasn't the first scientist to notice that natural selection took place and explained a mechanism that drives evolution in part. Darwin was one of the first individuals to actually write it up as a scientific theory to explain the evolution he observed, however.

Any way, the propaganda piece tries to pretend that evolution is some how concerned with gods:

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....That is, they are abandoning atheistic evolution and returning to pantheistic evolution...

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Once again the ICR cult expresses its utter lack of understanding on what evolution is and what evolution is not. The observed phenomena of evolution doesn't show either gods or the lack of gods: evolution happens and gods don't enter into the picture.

The various closely-related theories which attempts to explain the directly observed phenomena of evolution likewise makes no mention of any gods either for or against them. Biological sciences have nothing to do with occult theology. That doesn't stop cultists from trying to pretend it some how does, however.

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Evolutionism is not a modern scientific theory at all, but is as old as human rebellion against the Creator.

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See, everyone who accepts science some how are in "rebellion" against the ICR cult's gods. Even Christians, it seems. Among the better educated, however, the lack of gods and goddesses is enough to ignore the suppositions lacking evidence. One can't "rebel against" something that can not be evidenced to exist. Only theists can "rebel" against gods and goddesses so that leaves atheists out leaving theists who, the ICR cult asserts, are none-the-less "rebelling" against the ICR cult's gods if they accept science.

Bizarre.

We get claims made by other cultists that there's something called "pagan evolution." It gets pretty silly:

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The essence of paganism, old and new, is that the universe is eternal, that its motions are without beginning and without end. Belief in creation out of nothing is the very opposite of paganism...

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I know quite a few Pagans and Wiccans out there who would be amused to learn that the ICR cult is trying to tell them what they believe and what they don't believe. But even more amusing is the notion that if someone thinks the universe always existed they're some how "evolutionists." Bizarre.

And in fact evolution doesn't care whether the universe has always existed or not. All evolution addresses is the fact that after enough time has passed for speciation to occur, evolution has taken place. No mention of whether the universe always existed, was waved into being by some magical pink fairy, or precipitated out of the Big Bang.

The cult gets even more silly:

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As far as the post-Flood world is concerned...

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Say, George, did you ever find any evidence for that "flood of ignorance" you keep talking about?

We get some disjointed discussion of the attributes of "mother nature" deified by numerous religions both prior to the Christian cult coming along and after the Christian cult was created. That goes on for quite some time. We don't see a return of the bizarre notion of a "pagan evolutionism" for quite some time, either.

Next comes something the ICR cult calls "Cosmic Pantheism" and then we finally find the amusing notion presented again:

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In fact, the idea of pantheistic evolution is not even limited to that of Earth and its systems.

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In fact we don't find the concept of a "pantheistic evolution" except in the unfortunate brain of this ICR nut. How amusing. We get treated to the ICR cult's notions about "new agers" (rhymes with "sewagers.") There is nothing of any substance after the bald assertions that evolution has something to do with gods but we finally get to something of interest:

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Evolution in the Last Days

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Last days of what? The close-out sale at Penny's?

This is another equally bizarre notion that creationists seem to suffer from: the belief that the world is about to end; perpetually, endlessly, always on the brink of ending. Cultists have been absolutely sure that their generation would be the last for centuries, tens of centuries, and we can't expect the unfortunate among today's generation to be an exception regardless of the fact that everyone else has made considerable scientific progress.

According to the classical Christanic mythologies the end of the world was supposed to take place during the lifetimes of the followers of the Jesus Hero. Since we can safely assume that all of them are long dead we're left having to assume that the "second coming" and the "end of the world" which followed already took place.

I guess the rest of us some how missed it.


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