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Rumour has it that this new campus Christian organization is ID-friendly


Called Ratio Christi. ID guys have given them a good rep, as has Reasons to Believe. One of their early posts to their Website raises a smile among the grizzled:

Believe it or not, God is using people like Richard Dawkins and the neo-atheists to create a greater interest in “spiritual” matters. Their stated intention is to destroy Christianity, but they will, in fact, help to create the next Great Awakening. Please keep reading even if you think I’m crazy.

Huh? We think you’re crazy?

Youngster, a bunch of us were afraid Dawkins’d go down the next elevator after Skepchick, long before he’d done being useful.

We want him to go full time into promoting crackpot cosmologies to defend Darwinism, before he retires.

Hope note:  Ratio Christi probably isn’t thinking of changing its name to Ratio [insert anything but that]i.

Commenter Eocene at 2 below asks, “I thought the Intelligent Design Movement had nothing to do with Christianity or Creationisn ???” Good question. Not as such, but any community needs ports in a storm, and the decline of some of the older Christian ministries into mere social harmlessness has created open waters. Put another way, people of other faiths, including atheism, often sympathize strongly with the design project, but don’t have a port to offer.

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#2 I didn't know zoology had anything to do with the cosmos being a place of nothing but pitiless indifference. But I was wrong. Upright BiPed
I've wondered if Dawkins hasn't read the Tao Te Ching and the Art of War. It's possible he's that smart. Both are short and sweet and you can google them. lamarck
I thought the Intelligent Design Movement had nothing to do with Christianity or Creationisn ??? Eocene
ID friendly? The following may explain why: "MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS Professor Lonnie R. Welch received a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University. Currently, he is the Stuckey Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University (OHIO). He is also a member of the Graduate Faculties of OHIO’s Biomedical Engineering Program and Molecular & Cellular Biology Program. Dr. Welch directs the Bioinformatics Laboratory at OHIO. His research has produced more than 150 publications, and has been sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, NASA, the Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Welch is the founder and Chair of the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, an official conference of the International Society on Computational Biology. Dr. Welch is also the Ratio Chapter Director for Ohio University, and will serve as the Chapter Director’s representative on the Board." and, "MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Keas earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma. He experienced some of the last historic moments behind the Berlin Wall as a Fulbright Scholar in East Germany. He is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the College at Southwestern and an adjunct professor in Biola University’s M.A. program in Science and Religion. He teaches physical science, biology, philosophy, logic, apologetics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, intellectual history, and the history of science and religion. As a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, he co-authors high school and college science curriculum. He also leads workshops for science teachers on how to teach about controversial subjects such as Darwinism. His work in the history and philosophy of science has received funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has addressed such topics in presentations at the East German Akademie der Wissenschaften, Humboldt University, Oxford University, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Wright Center for Science Education, and the University of Minnesota. He has contributed articles to several scholarly journals and anthologies, including the American Chemical Society's Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Darwinism, Design and Public Education published by Michigan State University Press. He is the principal content provider for Focus on the Family’s apologetics website www.TrueU.org, which supports a college-oriented DVD apologetics curriculum." http://ratiochristi.org/about-us/team-christi CannuckianYankee

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