Friday, July 26, 2013

Wanted: Creation Scientists

Are you a young person who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and yet somehow managed to make it through a degree program in an actual science? Do you find that your peers are misguided atheists and heretics who fail to comprehend that since the world is only six thousand years old just about every scientific claim about nature is wrong? You know, even though you studied and passed tests on it all - but that was just to complete your degree program so you could get a job! God will understand! If this sounds like you, the Institute for Creation Research has the perfect job that will bring your career in line with your faith. You can become a professional Creation Scientist!

ICR, together with the rest of the creation science movement, has made great strides in the last 40 years. In many areas, the superiority of the creation worldview has been clearly demonstrated. Even now, ICR is making exciting discoveries in the fields of biology and geology, and we have started new research initiatives in the field of astronomy. However, there is much work that still needs to be done, and this work is hindered by a lack of trained scientists.

Which would be because most trained scientists understand that Young-Earth Creationism is a bunch of drivel that no thinking person should even consider accepting. You know, given the massively overwhelming evidence that the Earth existed long before 4004 BCE, or 10000 BCE, or whatever ridiculously recent date the movement is now pushing. This isn't even "intelligent design," folks. It's "God snapped his fingers" kind of stuff. Since God is not amenable to any sort of scientific testing, one wonders what it is that "Creation Scientists" even study.

Therefore, we appeal to any Bible-believing young person with an interest in science—have you considered cultivating that science interest for the glory of God?

Many young people choose careers for all the wrong reasons (e.g., maybe a college major is “easy” or they can earn a lot of money). Yet some choices in this area can have negative consequences later in life.What good is it to earn a large salary if your job is unfulfilling? Is it worth it to major in an easy field if you ultimately get a job that you dislike? Little wonder that so many adults are eager to retire from the workforce—they hate their jobs!

So they pay you a lot less than any other organization. No surprise there! But never fear, you'll be rewarded in Heaven. You know, because rewards in Heaven don't cost the institute anything in terms of actual dollars. "For the Glory of God" pretty much means the same thing everywhere - that you should do whatever it is you're doing for next to nothing and be thankful. As opposed to gullible.

How much better to choose a career path that will bring ultimate fulfillment, a decision inspired by a God-given desire to work in a field that will bring glory to the Creator. Young Christian, if God has given you a desire to serve Him in a particular area, then consider His promptings. Maybe He is leading you to serve Him in the field of science. It may involve short-term sacrifice, but God’s best often requires hard work.

"Sacrifice," meaning once more, "do it for next to nothing." And I suppose in this case short-term sacrifice means your entire mortal life in exchange for eternity in Heaven. Again, because eternity in Heaven doesn't cost the Institute one cent.

If you have an interest in science, then pursue it. An aptitude and a genuine love for science is a rare gift—maybe you can be the one to make a startling discovery or a life-changing advancement in the field. Maybe history will be different because of you. Perhaps you can be the one to finally break the evolutionary monopoly on our institutions of higher learning.

Because evolution is just another religious belief, right? As opposed to a well-supported scientific theory (not a hypothesis!) with over a hundred years of supporting observations.

Incidentally, ICR is probably not down with the fact that the only marginally reasonable argument left for intelligent design - that the rate of genetic mutation is too slow to account for the variation of species - was recently shot down by new discoveries in the field of epigenetics. It now looks likely that our so-called "junk" DNA actually consists of additional sequences that can be turned on and off based on environmental conditions. This mechanism allows unexpressed mutations to run in parallel with expressed ones, which more than makes up for the discrepancy between mutation rates and speciation.

But that's because the regular scientists out there are all lying, right? Because they were never "taught the controversy."

Given the increasing anti-Christian sentiment in society and the academic persecution in the secular universities, there may very well come a day when it will no longer be possible for a Bible-believing Christian to get an advanced degree in the natural sciences. Academically gifted young Christians should therefore “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16) before that door of opportunity closes.

Ah yes, the Christian oppression trope. I knew it had to be in there somewhere. Only in the case of the Institute for Creation Science, it's not tiny powerless minority religions like Paganism oppressing them, it's the facts themselves. I suppose Stephen Colbert had it right all along - "Reality has a well-known liberal bias."

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