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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.

Copyright by The Skeptic Tank, 2002, all rights reserved. Permission is granted to disseminate this criticism freely provided no fees or costs are associated with the document's free distribution among academia and the lay public.


This one is so porly formatted that I don't think we'll be able to pull anything of any amusement out of it. Here we have a cult propaganda piece titled, "Design features of the monarch butterfly life cycle." It's so badly formatted that I'll have to dig to see where we start getting to the Satanic evolution conspiracy.

We're treated to a description of the monarch butterfly, though. That much can be dug out of the hash. Ah, here we are. This one looks as if it's going to try some argument for "deliberate design" for butterflys. It'll take considerable effort to reformat this so if I make some mistakes and something doesn't track right, blame it on the creationists.

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Two polar-opposite views are put forward to explain the order in the universe:

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Order? Does anybody but this creationist see any order in the universe? The one thing that the universe does _not_ show us is order. Chaos rules the universe, both at the macro level and at the micro level, from the haphazard collection of stars swirling within galaxies to the Brownian motion of elementary particles.

Sorry, if you think you're seeing order, you're mistaken, George.

What George sees, I suspect, is what _appears_ to be order; order caused by wind and water carving sandstone formations, sorting rocks on a sandy beach, planets falling out of control in eiptical orbits, cats with striped tails, butterflys with patterns on their wings. In other words, natual forces which gave no goals because there's can be no goals; natural forces which have no aims or agenda because there can be no aims or agendas.

Natural forces at work which interact with each other and seem to create order often draw stupid notions by creationists that "gods dun it."

About a week ago I was conducting preliminary research in the "Mojo desert" North of Baker, California. I came across a series of concentric circles carved into the sand - order which surely must have been created by animals or, maybe, created by gods. I took a photograph of this phenomena and you may find it among the photographs at * http://www.geocities.com/silverlakerocks If one looks closely one can see that in the very center of the concentric rings one finds a very thin plant, a plant that the wind kept sweeping back and forth creating order.

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the "chance" theory and the "design" theory of creation.

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Ah, the creationist cult would give us only two solutions as to why we see apparent order in the universe. Missing among the bifurcation fallacy is the truth: natural forces which follow specific rules of behavior dictated by the laws of the universe.

Of course if the cult had offered the truth as one of the options to pick from they would have claimed that the "laws of the universe" were some how created by their gods -- "gods dun it" -- to escape the truth.

The cult goes on to "explain" what his or her notion of "chance theory" is supposed to be. Since it's not the correct answer we'll ignore it so that we can get to the "design theory." I guess the ICR cult doesn't know what constitutes a theory and what constitutes a wild-assed unfounded religious belief.

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Design theory had its foundation in Scripture..., and has been championed by many scholars over time...

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And which has no evidence to support it. Next?

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At least eight categories of design are put forward as evidence for a designer: order, purpose, simplicity, complexity, beauty, sense and cognition, information, and cosmic constants.

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There's no evidence for order, there's no evidence for purpose, how simple or complex something is says nothing about deity constructs, the existance of beauty says nothing about deity constructs, "sense" is utterly worthless when cultists discard it in favor of superstition, cognition and information say nothing about the existance of deity constructs, and cosmic constants exist because there are no gods.

These bald-faced claims offered without examples are thus dismissed. As the ICR cult winds down forgetting to back up their claims, we find the following:

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When one examines the life and migration cycles of the monarch butterfly, it is easy to see design features which point back to a Designer.

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Well, if you want to play pretend with invisible superheros, one might just as well demand that the "designer" is a five headed giant invisible pink unicorn that wears blue polkadot underwear. If you're going to toss in invisible playmates to explain yor ignorance, why not?

Or you can be reasonable to do a little research on natural selection, evolution, the origin of species, and, well, science in general for your answers. Yes, researching the truth taes more effort and doesn't give yo a chance to retain a warm fuzzy occult superstition but doing so doesn't make you wind up looking like a pathetic fool.


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"You can lie about ICR all you want." -- Jason Daniel Henderson

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

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