There’s a poorly-designed and interpreted “poll” of website visitors in a press release, and an “intelligent design” book in the making.
First up, we feed via Google News Alerts that ChristiaNet, Inc. has conducted a poll of visitors to their website
asking participants to decide whether Creationism or Evolution should be taught to children in the classroom. Participants could also cast a vote in favor of both being taught or for neither choice. Voters were given the opportunity to comment about their selection. Because ChristiaNetâ€™s Internet community consists largely of people who claim to follow the Christian faith, the results of the poll were surprising.
Out of 527 participants, 269 believed that Creationism should be taught in the classroom. This figure represents just more than half of those taking the poll. Only 14 voted for an Evolution-only approach to teaching children about the beginnings and development of mankind. Thirty-four said the topic should not be discussed in school and avoided all together. The most surprising number, however, was the 210 participants who believed children should learn both theories. This number may represent an indecisiveness about Creationism among those who claim to be Christians.
No, it indicates the cluelessness of the ChristiaNet “poll”-takers concerning what polls have previously established for demographics here in the US. The numbers in the ChristiaNet “poll” can be pretty completely explained with a strong selection effect for the polling population to be comprised primarily of Christian believers with a bit of a sample bias for literalists within that broader group. In the general population, we know that 40 to 50% of respondents have selected the “God created humans in their present form in the last 10,000 years” option, and that number has remained basically the same over several decades. The next largest group opts for, “God guided evolution” when that choice is available. 10 to 15% of the general population selects, “Evolution occurred, and God had nothing to do with the process”. That last group is almost completely absent from ChristiaNet’s website, and therefore from their “poll”.
The complete arrogance of the ChristiaNet folks when it comes to who can be counted as Christian shows through very clearly. The sort of sectarian divisiveness apparent even in the short space of their press release reinforces quite clearly that they would be inimical to even other Christians who accept both the findings of science and belief in God and Jesus Christ, not to mention having no respect for the beliefs of non-Christians, or for non-believers. And this is precisely why our country is so fortunate to have had founding fathers who recognized the risk that permitting a privileged position for those of one form of faith would cause in internal civil strife, and laid out the principles that keep the sectarian sphere out of the functions of secular government. For them, conflicts between state religion and personal religious freedom were not so far removed in time from examples of hideous excess in pursuing particular sectarian religious dogmas. We ignore the experience at our current peril of entering another period of civil unrest because of sectarian differences.
In other news, there’s another book about “intelligent design” in the making. A two page ad appeared in today’s Tennessean asking for help in getting it published.
Day of Victory!
Intelligent Design Wins over Evolution
An answer to prayer: Just when it appeared that God may have delayed his
response to evolutionists, enter THE QUEST FOR RIGHT, a masterful
work on creation. [Notice how humble they are]
Hope Ministries of Metro Atlanta, Georgia, has published this news
release in an effort to stir up kindred spirits in the Nashville area.
Our prayer is that this will fuel a grass roots effort that will
ultimately be responsible for (1) securing a publisher for The Quest
For Right and (2) the eventual addition of Intelligent Design to
Your city was chosen because Christians constitute some 80% of the
population and it is a major hub of publishing houses. Prayerfully read
the following information to see if you can help Hope Ministries secure
a publisher for this life-changing book.
The great gulf of ambiguity that once separated Intelligent Design from
legitimate scientific discourse has been abolished. It is a fact: The
Quest For Right has accomplished that which, heretofore, was deemed
impossible: to level the playing field between forces advocating
creationism and those promoting evolution. A review:
I am amazed at the breadth of the investigation – scientific history,
biblical studies, geology, biology, geography, astronomy, chemistry,
paleontology, and so forth – and find the style of writing to be quite
lucid and aimed clearly at a general, lay audience. – Rev. Mark
Roberts, Senior Pastor at Irvine (CA) Presbyterian Church and former
editor of Biblical Reference Books, Thomas Nelson Publishers.
The steadfast love of God has moved heaven and earth in order to deal a
deathblow to the tenets of both biological and planetary evolution. No
longer will the Church have to stand idly by while those who oppose God
indoctrinate children against the values of their parents.
Creationism has become a laughing stock.
The University of Kansas announced that it would offer a course in
Creationism and other Religious Mythologies. Creationism would be
grouped with the Indo-European concept of the world supported by four
elephants standing on the back of a huge turtle swimming through space.
Paul Mirecki, the department chairman of religious studies exclaimed
with disdain, “The KU faculty has had enough. Creationism is mythology!
Intelligent Design is mythology! It’s not science!” Mirecki sent an
e-mail to members of a student organization in which he referred to
religious conservatives as “fundies” and said a course depicting
intelligent design as mythology would be a “nice slap in their big fat
face.” – MSNBC. Although Mirecki later canceled the class, he was
accosted and beaten by two men who had been offended by his name calling.
The American Museum of Natural History joined the fray by opening an
exhibit honoring Darwin. Several hundred artifacts, specimens, and
documents once belonging to the infamous naturalist are on display.
There are also interactive displays and films expounding the importance
of Darwin’s contribution to modern biology. The exhibit represents a
thumb in the eye to every Christian.
God has intervened.
The Lord has heard the cries of His people and responded with a
scientific resource on creationism that will stop these onslaughts
against Christianity. The Quest For Right turns the tide by
providing an authoritative and enlightening scientific explanation of
natural phenomena that will ultimately replace the Darwinian view.
For example, the investigation dismantles the hocus pocus responsible
for the various absolute radioisometric dating techniques by which rocks
and other materials are supposedly dated. Absolute-“perfect, complete,
definite; without a prospect of being incorrect.” On these incalculable
formulae and they are incalculable – rest the science council’s claim
that the earth is of great age, accreting some 4.6 billion years B.C.
Upon publication of The Quest For Right, the council’s choice of
the superlative absolute will be assessed to be a scurrilous invective,
an “abusive, offensive, even vulgar, connotation.” After all, who would
question an absolute? It is a matter of record that these dating systems
are the tools by which evolutionists have attempted to rip apart the
validity of historical documentations, specifically, that the account of
creation as recorded in the Bible is mythology. The Quest For
Right has changed all of that: the scientific record of creation has
stood undaunted against these attacks and has proven to be an invaluable
asset to the in-depth investigation.
The obstacle to teaching ID in the classroom
There are at least 20 states, including Kansas, that are considering
legislation which would add Intelligent Design to science curriculums.
Eventually every high school will come under the rulings. The only
obstacle is the lack of a resource based on verifiable science.
Prior to The Quest For Right, proponents of Intelligent Design
ran up against a seemingly impregnable barrier. Perhaps Mr. Michael
Novacek, the senior vice president and provost for American Museum of
Natural History said it best: “A theory can’t only criticize another
theory; it has to offer something in its place. What [Intelligent
Design] offers in place of evolution is not science because it calls on
Against the backdrop of a nation embroiled in debate and legal battles
over whether Intelligent Design or evolution, or both, should be taught
in the classroom, The Quest For Right proclaims a “Day of
Victory!” The extensive investigative effort is not only better at
explaining natural phenomena, but also may be verified through testing.
As a result, creationism will no longer be considered a “matter of
faith” and, hence, will not violate the so-called constitutional
separation of church and state. Intelligent Design is true science that
will have a long-term sustainability, replacing the downtrodden doctrine
More than an academic resource
The Quest For Right is not only an academic resource designed for
the public schools, but also contains a wealth of information on
pertinent subjects that seminarians need to know to be effective:
geology, biology, geography, astronomy, chemistry, paleontology, and
in-depth Biblical studies. The nuggets from the pages of Biblical
history alone will give seminarians literally hundreds of fresh ideas
for sermons and teachings. The ministry resources contained in The
Quest For Right serve as invaluable aids that will enrich graduates
beyond their highest expectations.
A call to arms
The Quest For Right is all new from the get go and is destined to
make headlines that will,reverberate within the halls of academia
throughout the world. However, we need your help to secure a publisher.
Are you a publisher? Please contact the author. Do you either work for
or know a key person in a publishing house? Are you a politician with an
ambition to restore sanity within the classroom? If so, please bring
this information to the attention of a publisher and ask them to review
The Quest For Right. Your personal endeavor may be influential in
winning the battle for the hearts and souls of the innocents within the
classroom. No effort will be so small that it will not receive a
The first chapters of The Quest For Right have been published
online for an interested publisher’s review. Photos, illustrations, and
supplementary text have been added to lend the look of a published work.
Please have the publisher contact the author, David Parsons, for the
password to unlock the treasure-trove of information. Thank you for your
If you are unable to help, take a moment and pray for the publication of
The Quest For Right.
Contact: David and Linda Parsons
Hope Ministries, 430 Dan Place SE, Smyrna, GA 30082-2525. Tel:
I’m not liking that implicit endorsement of a goon squad beating people up. But this ad’s continual casting of the progress of the manuscript being a vindication of religious beliefs may come in handy someday.