ARN Admits “Intelligent Designer” is God

God in a box

(Image from Crocoduck-Rex)

Dennis Wagner, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Access Research Network, the poor-man’s Discovery Institute, admitted in a blog post yesterday that their so-called “intelligent designer” is God.

Wagner writes:

I must admit I’m not a big fan of Rap or Hip-Hop. I think its a result of being born in the wrong generation and not finding anything particularly uplifting about Hip-Hop lyrics. However, that may be changing with my recent discovery of Atom tha Immortal who has recorded the first ID Hip-Hop song I know of. This is one philosophically, theologically, and scientifically astute dude. Check out his ID song at the website.
[emphasis added]

OK. Let’s go check out the song. Here’s just the first verse:

Apocalyptic G-d presence/
Feeling the fire of G-d’s essence/
You need Rosetta Stones to unlock my poem’s message/
Born in a body of sand since early dawn/
Adam spawned genetic code of early on/
Written on the rocks of Hebron, The Earth Is Gone/
Reverted from an Information Age to Early Bronze/
Punishment of Civilization/
The only reason why this wicked nation ain’t burning is G-d’s patient/

As you can see, it’s one giant Godgasm. I don’t know why he spells “God” as “G-d”. Maybe that’s how he avoids naming the designer. (“Well I never actually said ‘God’!”)

The rest of the song is similar. Here’s just the section that specifically mentions ID creationism:

Wounds of Darwinian Theory will never heal/
Once the population finds Intelligent Design/
Enzymes hold the signs of a Divine Mind/

The rest of the song is equally ignorant.

So what we have here is the head of ARN endorsing this blatantly religious song and boasting that it’s about Intelligent Design creationism.

And they have the nerve to claim that their “theory” is scientific?

And they want their “theory” taught in public schools?

17 Responses to “ARN Admits “Intelligent Designer” is God”

  1. cipher Says:

    Hip hop and ID. There’s a match made in heaven.

    I imagine the “G-d” bit is a symptom of the pseudo-Judeophilia that’s gripped the evangelical subculture of late.

  2. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Did you listen to the actual song? Wow it is … bad. It sounds like it was produced on a Wal-Mart $19.95 Casio Keyboard. The actual rapping isn’t terrible. But it’s not good either. Somehow I think this will be the limit of Atom tha Immortal’s 15 minutes. Having ARN be the top of your 15 minutes of fame is pretty sad.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    Did you listen to the actual song?

    No. I can’t stand rap. I’m leaving it to others to determine how it compares to other rap.

    Christian rock is a popular genre. I don’t know how big a niche Christian rap is. It seems to be leading the category of Scientifically-Illiterate rap, though.

  4. Troy Says:

    I saw a human interest story on how christianity tends to pull in things from the greater culture and revise them for their own purpose. (Not too different than revising the solstice revelry and making it christmas) One of them made the point that despite being in tune with the creator they weren’t too creative (rather they were imitative). Actually I think he’s on to something.

    As for rap, I do have a bit of respect for it. It is harder than it seems. That said I don’t care for it. I’m surprised rapping about G-d (Ha ha) isn’t more prolific, but I suppose bitches and hos are more interesting to the intended audience.

    I suppose the G-d spelling is in deference to the first (or second?) commandment not to take the Lord’s name in vain.

  5. Lindsay Says:

    In the hip hop culture they call someone a “G” (I think its short for gangsta) maybe God is “G” – d in the spelling for that reason. Or something.

  6. Ron Britton Says:

    I’m guessing the reason is because among some Christians, you aren’t allowed to call God by name. That’s why some Bibles don’t use the name. He’s always called “The Lord”.

    I think the real reason they aren’t allowed to call him by name is because that would give them power over him. In some mythologies, knowing somebody’s true name gives you control over him. That’s the basis behind the Rumpelstiltskin story. In fact, I just found this fun tidbit on Wikipedia:

    The ancient Jews considered their God’s true name so potent that they believed its invocation conferred upon the speaker tremendous power over His creations. In order to prevent abuse of this power, as well as in to avert blasphemy, the name of God was always taboo, and so increasingly disused so that by the time of Christ their High Priest was supposedly the only individual who spoke it aloud – and then only in the Holy of Holies upon the Day of Atonement.

    God. What sort of pathetic “omnipotent” being is that? He can be collared and led around on a leash, if only you know his name. Heel, boy! Good doG!

  7. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Did you listen to the actual song?

    No. I can’t stand rap. I’m leaving it to others to determine how it compares to other rap.

    I was somewhat into a lot of the 90s hip hop artists. You know, the ones that all like got shot (wtf?). Somehow Snoop survived that. My guess is that he was too loaded on weed to get upset enough to get into gunfights, but I have no evidence for this…

    Anyway, performance-wise, on a scale ranging from Denny Blaze to Tupac, I give him a rating of Elmo.

    As for the whole “G-d” thing, it really makes no sense. In the audio he clearly says “god” not “g.d.” or any other phonetic variation.

  8. Luke Says:

    I’d imagine Ron’s first suggestion is true. “G-d” is so that when anyone searches the site, the word “God” won’t be found, hence lending credence to their whole “ID isn’t religion” schtick. Creationists are so damn under-handed.

  9. Lindsay Says:

    I remember taking Anthropology 102 in college with a professor who was an expert on the Yanomamo tribe of the Amazon. They held similar beliefs in regards to a person’s name.

    However, I still like to think that Atom was calling God a “G”.

  10. cipher Says:

    Again, I think it’s a manifestation of Judeophilia. Orthodox Jews spell it that way. The fundies have, in recent years, become enamored of all things Jewish (e.g., John Hagee). Of course, they still believe the Jews are going to hell.

  11. OtherRob Says:

    One of my co-workers at a former job had a son in a Jewish high school. I helped him with a couple of his papers and he always used G-d. I seem to recall that this was a requirement of the school.

  12. Modusoperandi Says:

    And their football team was awful.

  13. Ron Britton Says:


    Anyway, performance-wise, on a scale ranging from Denny Blaze to Tupac, I give him a rating of Elmo.

    That was a very weak Elmo video you sent us to. It does not show off his true range as a performer. People might form a low opinion of him. This performance is far more moving:

  14. Lindsay Says:

    For some reason I think of the Wicker Man whilst watching that video of Elmo burning.

  15. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Can you set Denny Blaze on fire too? I mean, he’s “Blazin'” so let’s give him what he wants.

  16. Atom Says:

    New album available here:

    Free download, but you can donate to charities if you want to give.

    I am sorry if I made ARN look bad with my theological content, but I am a Christian, so most of my songs are theological in some way. You apparently can’t see that I’m simply a Christian MC who mentions ID in a track, rather than “ID = G-dtalk/Theology if the two are ever seen together in a person’s rap song.”

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Atheism and Darwinism mentioned together in the same book, so….nah, I have better critical thinking skills than to jump to that conclusion.

    Also, G-d = God, it isn’t for mystical Rumpelstiltskin reasons, just a sign of respect and identification.

    Be blessed and thanks for the exposure.


    (If this is my 15 minutes, then making it on here is the highlight, guys! : ) Just kidding.)

  17. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Atom – Good luck with your music career (seriously). I’ve been doing music for some time and have yet to make any appreciable amount of money (not even close enough to quitting my day job). I may not be a fan of your music, but I can appreciate the work you went through to produce it, so… good luck!

    Okay, so seriously… How does G-d show respect? I’m serious. I have never seen that before and I’m honestly curious.