From: John Burgeson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 26 2002 - 17:50:49 EDT
>>And they call themselves a ministry! If they get much more publicity, the
word ministry may someday become as tainted as the word creationist.
The problem is, Jim, that they ARE a ministry, and growing, and very very
successful. Some years ago in Austin we drew about 150 to a widely
publicized conference on intelligent design, with several very well known
speakers from places both agreeing with it and disagreeing with it. It was a
great conference. But just down the road at the Bannockburn Baptist Church
ICR was holding their own seminar. Over 4,000 in attendence. We were a blip
on the landscape.
I wandered around a forum last week devoted to homeschooling. Chock full of
people excitedly sharing their finds of ICR, AIG and sites like it. Nobody
mentioning that perhaps -- just perhaps -- their stuff was snake oil. Well
-- after I left there were a few posts to that efect. But I suspect they
were ignored and just the rantings of an uneducated cretin.
Latest stats show conservative churches growing, mainline (moderate) ones in
decline. ot all conservative churches are, of course, guilty of following
ICR and AIG -- the ones I attended for 20 years certainly were not. But --
alas -- there are too many that do. Particularly in the smaller communities.
And I get mail ... .
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