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Cult Watch: Intelligent Design

Right now some of you are surely saying, “What, ID is not a cult” but you would be wrong. ID does share some beliefs with Christianity but rejects outright a literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis while out the other side of their mouth claiming it it the true words of god. That is not Christianity nor is it a sect of Christianity. It is a cult with political aspirations under the cloaks of scientific respectability and Christianity.Let’s go back to the beginning, no I don’t mean July 4th 4004 BCE but more recent. An event ‘celebrated’ by the banana guy Ray Comfort and his sidekick Kirk Cameron. I am referring to Darwins Origin Of The Species. Darwin did not mention man in his book but the Christian community knew the clear implications. 12 years later, 1871 for you math challenged individuals, he published another book called The Descent Of Man. That was it, Darwin’s name became a curse to Christianity from that point forward. Eventually that led to the infamous Scopes trial in 1925 and the following years of evolutionary science being silenced [much like the church did with science during the dark ages]. In the early 60s the evidence for evolution finally hit a critical level where it just could not be denied any longer and most science textbooks in the USA were rewritten to include an unfortunatly small chapter on evolution usually placed at the end of the book. Not quite surprisingly as a result of the Scopes trial in 1925 the level of science education in the USA has dropped to a point well underneath most of the rest of the developed world. As the science education dropped the cult known as Intelligent Design popped up and made a loud but ultimately futile noise shortly after their hero George Bush was elected in 2000.

First we had creation which itself is a totally unscientific position. Somehow Christianity decided to morph creation into creation science as if nobody would see that is creation by another name. Now creation science has been renamed yet again by the wonderful world of Christian sleight of hand into ID who are nothing more than creationists in lab coats although they deny a literal interpretation of Genesis. According to Christianity and according to the definition of what a cult is, they are one. They tried to get ID, under the guise of science, to be taught in public schools, right in the middle of the bible belt, in the state of Arkansas in 1981. In early 1982 the ruling said in no uncertain terms that creation science (ID) is not science. Not a whimper was heard until an appeal made 5 years later and the same ruling was given by the supreme court. Apparently this wasn’t enough and although not technically ID you now have a proliferation of websites such as the hilarious answersingenesis and videos by people such as Ray Comfort, Kent Hovind [who is in prison for tax evasion], and a host of other creationists. There are even videos and websites devoted to ID by people like Michael Behe.

ID is a cult. ID is not a science. When directly asked who the designer is they have no answer but god which in itself condemns them to the annals of mythology or more specific to Christianity. Curiously enough, ID does accept big bang cosmology which according to Christian teachings from the bible did not happen. Strange but belief in big bang cosmology by a non-Christian accompanied by a lack of belief in god gets one called a fool but belief in big bang cosmology plus a belief in what Dawkins calls a “binker for adults” gets one called a brother? I don’t mean this as a slam agains’t Christians but c’mon guys, at least be consistent. You guys call Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult for a number of reasons yet some of those same reasons are in ID yet they are not called a cult? If anyone reading this does believe in ID, explain in the comments why your movement is not a cult.

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8 Responses

  1. How do I join?

  2. The cult

  3. Ok, great. I’ll ask ICR how I can join the ID cult.

  4. I think that creationists and evolutionists are both wrong. Here’s why: Evolutionists assume that there is nothing that needs to be taken on faith and Creationists dismiss all scientific evidence of evolution. Both of these approaches are wrong. I have more info on ideapals in the intelligent design of evolution group….

    I disagree with the combative nature of the discussion of Creationism and Evolution. That is why I created my meme, the Intelligent Design of Evolution. I’d love to hear Dan Dennett’s response to this idea http://ideapals.org/basic/intelligent-design-of-evolution.

    • Two questions for you, explain how and why ID isn’t creationism dressed up in a lab coat and explain who the creator is, if that creator is god, ID is a religious cult and much like happened in court, ID isn’t science.

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