Monday, August 10, 2009

Trolling the Evolutionists for Grade Points

This just in, courtesy of Slashdot. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary right here in Fort Worth, is offering courses in "Intelligent Design," which require, as part of the classwork, that students make 10 posts to "hostile" websites. Slashdot correctly characterizes this as "trolling."

The courses are taught by William Dembski, a "research professor in philosophy" at the Seminary. Read the Wikipedia article on Dembski -- it's quite revealing.

Before joining SWBTS, Dembski suckled at the teat of the Discovery Institute, a well-known anti-evolution think tank. Can you even call a place like that a "think tank?" Mathematician David H. Wolpert has described Dembski's work as "written in jello."

How do you research philosophy? This sure as hell isn't science.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, once a respected institution, furthers its journey to complete laughing stock and public embarrassment. For the record, here are the course descriptions (emphasis added by me):

AP410 This is the undegrad course. You have three things to do: (1) take the final exam (worth 40% of your grade); (2) write a 3,000-word essay on the theological significance of intelligent design (worth 40% of your grade); (3) provide at least 10 posts defending ID that you've made on "hostile" websites, the posts totalling 2,000 words, along with the URLs (i.e., web links) to each post (worth 20% of your grade).
AP510 This is the masters course. You have four things to do: (1) take the final exam (worth 30% of your grade); (2) write a 1,500- to 2,000-word critical review of Francis Collins's The Language of God -- for instructions, see below (20% of your grade); (3) write a 3,000-word essay on the theological significance of intelligent design (worth 30% of your grade); (4) provide at least 10 posts defending ID that you've made on "hostile" websites, the posts totalling 3,000 words, along with the URLs (i.e., web links) to each post (worth 20% of your grade).

In-freaking-credible.

But not all that surprising.

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