Creation Ministries International

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CMI's Logo. It is designed to show the Earth in periods of light and darkness, to symbolize a literal, six-day creation.[1]

Creation Ministries International (CMI), formerly known as Answers in Genesis - Australia and Creation Science Foundation, is the estranged, but equally scientifically fraudulent cousin of Ken Ham's infamous Answers in Genesis.

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[edit] History

The divine comedy

Creationism

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Running gags
Jokes aside
Blooper reel

Creation Ministries International began life as the Creation Science Foundation, in 1979, when Ham quit his job as a public school science teacher to begin speaking on creationism. In 1986 Ham left Australia to teach at the Institute for Creation Research; by 1987 his absence was causing leadership problems, and in February he handed control over to Andrew Snelling. In 1993, after 7 years in the US, Ham decided to start, with the assistance of CSF, the Creation Science Ministry, which later became AiG-US. By 1995 the CSF had become the Australian arm of AiG. They initially shared board members, but AiG-Australia suffered a hilariously acrimonious schism from its now much larger partner in 2005[1] culminating in accusations of witchcraft and hurt feelings all round.[2] They changed their name to Creation Ministries International as a result.

Much like AiG, CMI is an ardent promoter of young Earth creationist claptrap. However, CMI attempts to take a rather more "scholarly" tone than does AiG, if that term can possibly be applied to any creationist organization; it uses the presuppositionalist style of argument, which along with the scholarly veneer may help to explain why CMI doesn't have its own ignorance museum, complete with saddled Triceratops.

On the other hand, CMI publishes Alien Intrusion, UFOs and the Evolution Connection,[3] the author of which was featured on Coast to Coast AM. The description of the interviews says that "aliens are actually fallen angels who are not extraterrestrial in nature, but rather interdimensional. ... He noted that some people had been able to stop alien abductions from taking place ... by invoking the name of Christ. He suggested that this lends credence to the idea that the aliens are demonic in nature, and thus susceptible to invocations that run counter to them."[4]

[edit] Publications

CMI has two major publications, the Creation Magazine[5] and the Journal of Creation.[6] Promotional materials for the magazine claim that it is "accurate and current", and that it is and "evangelistic tool".[7] While it is most definitely the latter, one wonders how it could support Biblical Creationism and the literal interpretation of the Bible that comes with it, and still manage to have "accurate and current" scientific information.

The Journal of Creation, on the other hand, claims to be a peer reviewed journal covering "the latest research findings that relate to origins and the biblical account of Creation, the Flood and the Fall".[8] The journal is not just (or at all) scientific in nature, but also treads into any discipline with biblical implications, including Philosophy, History, and Theology. First created in 2008, the journal received immediate criticism for being unscientific, and having little more than "God did it" as its findings[9]. Perhaps more insidiously though, one of their earliest articles was revealed to have been plagiarized from several articles[10], including a legitimate peer review journal which had failed to pick up on the Creationist undertones of one of their articles.

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