Question #165

Doesn't ICR deserve more credit?

In class on Sunday there was reference that evolution was on the bubble and would eventually be exposed for what it is. I am looking forward to that day. Although and because ICR approaches these issues from a scientific standpoint, I think a lot of credit needs to be given to them because they have paved the way and have been dedicated whole-heartedly to the issues of creationist versus evolutionist and the all important issue of the age of the earth. They have from a physics point of view done a lot of work dispelling the myths and supposed facts that are professed by those that believe in the long ages of the earth and universe. I really feel we need to give them more credit than we do for the courage for standing up to the overbearing science community and praise them for the successes that have been achieved on this issue. I also realize these successes are through God's will and guidance. This is my humble opinion and I needed to share it. Al! so I told Jess that ICR has moved to Dallas from Southern California. Their research will take place in Dallas and their graduate program has relocated there too.

The Answer:

Thanks for the comment. ICR (Institute for Christian Research) has certainly been a leader in opposing evolution and supporting the existence of a Creator God. It does deserve credit for what it has done in that area, although it has some serious doctrinal problems in other areas. Some proponents of intelligent design are separating themselves from ICR and “creationism” because they consider some aspects of it to be unscientific. They are seeking primarily to establish a scientific basis for the existence of an “Intelligent Designer” and avoid discussion of such issues as the age of the earth and whether the Genesis days of creation are literal 24 hour days. Both approaches are helpful to the support of the existence of Jehovah God, because whether they admit it or not, He is the only being who has the power to be the Intelligent Designer.

For those who wish to find out more about ICR, its website is: http://www.icr.org/.


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