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- Overall, we rate the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) a quackery level Pseudoscience source based on the promotion of young-earth creationism and rejection of evolution which is supported by the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1970 by Dr. Henry Morris, The Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is a ministry that promotes young-earth creationism. According to their about page, “ICR remains a leader in scientific research within the context of biblical creation.” They further state “ICR exists to conduct scientific research within the realms of origins and Earth history, and then to educate the public both formally and informally through professional training programs, through conferences and seminars around the country, and through books, magazines, and media presentations.” The current President is John D. Morris.
Funded by / Ownership
The Insitute for Creation Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry. Revenue is derived through donations as well as a store that sells books and media related to young-earth creationism.
Analysis / Bias
In review, ICR promotes different media on pseudoscientific creation science and interpretation of the Genesis creation narrative as a historical event. It rejects evolutionary biology, which it views as a corrupting moral and social influence and threat to religious belief.
Nearly all scientists rejected young-earth creationism, which attempts to literally interpret the bible and correlate it to science. Even when reporting on an actual cosmic event such as this Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week, they manage to tie it back to pseudoscience with this quote: “Creation scientists would argue that this is because comets, as well as the rest of our solar system, are young, having been created by God about 6,000 years ago.” In general, this is a quackery level pseudoscience source based on the promotion of Young-Earth Creationism, which is nearly universally debunked by science.
Failed Fact Checks
- The Earth is 6,000 years old – False
Overall, we rate the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) a quackery level Pseudoscience source based on the promotion of young-earth creationism and rejection of evolution which is supported by the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 8/22/2016) Update (8/12/2020)