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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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"Confessions of faith." Well, that at least sounds as if cultists know they exhibit traits which need to be forgiven. The ICR cult starts out with a set of beliefs which they carve into stone (not to mention pencil into their paper idols) and all scientific thruths which are directly observed which the cultist thinks some how contradicts those stone-locked notions have to be either ignored outright else subjected to freakishly bizarre twistings, hammerings, foldings and mutilations to try to make the cultist's notions survive in the face of the truth.

It's damn useful to have an enumerated list of things one's supposed to try to believe; more so when science continues to push back the gods and goddesses into ever-more-difficult-to-reach hiding holes. In fact the gods and goddesses used to live on high mountains, under oceans, under rivers, and in the sky. Science went and looked: no gods; no goddesses either.

Now some cultists have had to hide their deity constructs behind black holes where they can't get out and where science can't get in. And that's fine by me so long as the people who believe in them don't try to include me in their delusions.

Any way, having a list of one's superstitious notions so that one can keep being reminded what one's supposed to believe in the face of science is damned useful otherwise one runs the risk of forgetting to believe some idiot notion.

This propaganda piece is titled, "Creeds and the six creation days." I can't wait to see if the ICR cult includes the creds issued by Christians before them which enumerated all the biblical reasons for exterminating Jews, other Christians, and various "infidels" down through the centuries. Some how I suspect that the ICR cult will "forget" to mention those creeds.

Let's see.

We get some extracts from a "Westminster Confession of Faith," something of a complaint that the ICR nut couldn't find any creed that mentions a "six day creation," and then makes this bizarre claim:

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.. almost all the early Gentile Christians had turned from pagan evolutionary ideas to the Biblical teaching of recent creation in six days....

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Of course they haven't. Cultists that actually believe that there was a "creation" that took six literal days is in the vasy minority. I guess it's always comforting to pretend that others share one's notions. It makes playing pretend so much easier.

We get some creeds from the 17'th century next, then comes the 20'th century. Here the ICR cult finally finds fellow creationists that actually share the bizarre notion:

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In 1932, the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod... [stated] "We teach that God has created heaven and earth, and that in the manner and in the space of time recorded in the Holy Scriptures, especially Genesis 1 and 2, namely, by His almighty creative word, and in six days...."

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We see more examples of the growing stupidity:

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...the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod wrote an equally clear statement on creation....

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Three Baptist bodies have confessions that affirm belief "in the Genesis account of creation..."

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Okay, we have a few Christian churches profess the idiotic notion that the universe was created in six days. Previously in this propaganda piece we were told to believe that the majority of Christianity believed in the creationist claptrap. Perhaps the ICR cult is tring to look at two different cults: those that actually believe that the mythologies in the classical Christanic mythologies are factual, and those that think the mythologies are talking about six days. The two groups are _not_ the same.

Groups that believe the universe was created in six literal days have fatal problems with their notions that can't be overcome without scooping out one's brain and handing it over to one's cat to eat seeing as how the creationist no longer needs it. Creationists who accept the facts that science discloses, however, are free to include scientific facts in with their creation superstitions, merely religating scientific facts into their growing faith.

And speaking of faith, creationists who think they have scientific evidence for their unfounded notions are supposed to have faith; faith in their gods should be enough. Trying to find evidence to shore up their sagging faith is doomed to failure and should be telling them something.

Finally, in the conclusions section we read:

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The Word of God is the source of our confessions.

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Setting aside for the moment the fact that there doesn't appear to be any "words" of any gods anywhere, I'm tempted to suggest that we've found the source of willful ignorance. I wont make such a suggestion since that might be considered by some to be unkind.


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Creationist propaganda is already self-debunking." -- Fredric L. Rice

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