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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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Yes, another problem facing creationists is the fact of star formation and the millions of years needed for gravitation to cause dust to precipitate out of nebula to form stars, planets, and solar systems. The notion that the universe was some how created in just six literal days, coupled to the equally nutter notion that the Earth is some how less than 10,000 years old drives the ICR cult to find some excuse to go on believing what their own senses are telling them are obviously false.

Here we find a bizarre propaganda piece amusingly titled, "Star Formation and Genesis 1." I'm worried that -- given the fact that we're looking at the ICR cult -- we're going to be looking at astrology here rather than astronomy. It woldn't surprise me in the least given what I've read from this cult so far.

Let's see how the cult phrases this latest fatal problem:

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Most astronomers accept the idea that stars form by gravitational collapse of a cloud of gas and dust, and that this process takes a minimum of 210,000 years.

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Well, at least the cult is talking about astronomy and not astrology. That's a start. But let's look at the statement -- which is something of an understatement. I can't imagine any astronomer who deserves the title holding any other opinion than that gravitational collapse of dust, hydrogen, helium, and other heavier particles ejected from first-generation stars form new stars.

The ICR cult offers some comments about the so-called "Big Bang" and then gets down to how they're going to try to lie their way out of what their own senses and reason are telling them. Let's see:

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Throughout the Genesis 1 narrative God speaks and something happens as a result.

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Actually there are at least seven creation myths in the contemporary Christanic mythologies. Why the ICR cult would want to pick one while ignoring the rest is a question I don't believe the cult has ever answered.

We get a disjointed description of what the mythologies are suppose to say, presumably due to the belief that nobody should go pick up a copy of the mythologies and see what it says for themselves.

There's nothing interesting here except for this:

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....one gets the sense of one member of the Godhead speaking to the others: "Let us make man."

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The ICR cult just glossed over another fatal flaw in their occultism. The gods and goddesses speaking in this section of the mythologies are an unknown number of gods and goddesses in an Elohim -- a pantheon. Glibly pretend that these gods and goddesses in this Elohim are some how a "godhood" begs the question: How many gods did you say you had, again? Where did the nut get this "godhood" notion?

The ICR cult's text continues to describe what they want readers to believe is written in the mythologies, again presuming that readers coldn't pick up a copy and read what it really says for themselves.

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While the Hebrew language may seem frightening to some, it really is not.

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<laughing> Er, okay. We get a twisted explanation of the language the ICR wants the follower to believe was used in the original version of the mythologies. The "expanation" goes on and on seemingly endlessly and we're not getting any closer to an explanation as to why the apparent age of stars are some how lying to us.

We see a rather lame attempt to reconcile a conflict in the myths which place the order of things that the Elohim panethon was supposed to create in conflict. When the nut gets down to wrapping things up we find:

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So what God _made_ in verse 16 is clearly intended to be the same as that which God spoke into existence in verse 14. To conclude that the pluperfect refers to a long-ago, unrelated event, introduces meaninglessness to Scripture, and introduces a concept totally foreign to what God is telling us!

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See, the Christian mythologies don't really say what they say. The ICR cult has to pencil in the needed corrections before it all makes some sort of sense. Be sure to mark down the corrections in your own copy so that you won't get it wrong later.

But we're looking for an explanation for why the stars which clearly tell us have been burning for billions of years and which take millions of years to condense out of the interstaller dust and gases are some how lies, Satanic lies, or scientific blunders -- whatever the ICR cult claims is the problem. Let's continue the search:

Let's see, Theophilus gives an opinion. Fine. That doesn't help. The thing is, we're now at the conclusion and the ICR cult forgot to explain why stars only _seem_ to take so long to form.

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In the beginning of this article, we drew attention to two vastly different interpretations of Genesis 1:14-19.

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And forgot to explain why stars exist since the universe is supposedly only around 6,000 years old. Yep.

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If current theories of the origin of the universe and star formation are correct, then the Bible is wrong.

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Actually, no, it's not. The Christanic mythologies are mythologies and weren't intended to be taken as if it were fact any more than Wonder Woman comic books are supposed to be taken as fact.

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The purpose of this article was to examine the Biblical data and determine what the Bible says about the creation of the stars.

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And failed miserably.

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This article should be thought of as establishing a Biblical foundation upon which a scientific model can be built.

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And failed miserably. Right. This is the level of "science" that the ICR cult wants to subject students to in our public schools. We never got an explanation on why it only seems as though stars take so long to form. If the ICR cult wants to pretend that their pantheon of gods and goddesses created the universe, one has to ask them why their Elohim would want to lie to humanity by making them think the universe is billions of years old.


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