My name's Mace, bitch!
Ahem. Profanity in the title. I’ve broken new ground. Anyway, a “Dr.” Mace Baker came to speak here last Thursday and Friday. Kyle and I thought about going and asking some pointed questions, but we did not, and it appears we weren’t missed:
What I witnessed on Thursday was a complete anomaly of other seminar talks given in the university setting. Traditionally, the speaker is introduced, welcomed and allowed to speak before conducting a question-and-answer session. On that evening, however, the audience demonstrated the distasteful art of rudeness. Members of the audience became extremely focused on interrupting Mr. Baker’s talk, thus distracting other critical listeners as well as sidetracking the presentation.
When the question-and-answer time arrived, I expected questions of intelligence regarding directions we might take in restructuring our textbooks or how inaccurate information is on public record for an inordinate amount of time. While a few members did engage in this inquisitive and respectful dialogue and even offered additional resources of information, many openly laughed or mocked the responses that Mr. Baker gave rather than politely disagreeing. Some even became argumentative rather than offering a constructive debate.
I kinda wonder about her portrayl. She seems sympathetic to Baker’s aims, which is enough to make me suspicious.
Baker appears to be a bit lacking in the credential department. Biola University, where he got his B.A., is a small Bible college in California, and is only accredited in Music, Nursing, Psychology, and Theology. His Ph.D is from Pacific International University, which appears to be an unaccredited (with the best explanation of that I’ve seen), online Christian university. One that only offers Doctorates in Doctor Ministry, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy in Theological Studies. Who knows where he got his M.A. from. I’m under the impression that all accredited universities have to make Ph.D’s available to the general public to some degree, so Kyle called them. They don’t appear to have much of a staff, because no one was there to answer the phone on a Thursday afternoon. No answer at Baker’s number either. It’d really be funny if his Ph.D was on the level of Ken Hovind (who just had his house raided by the IRS).
So the Christian Challenge (what challenge? Do they have an obstacle course?) brought a completely unqualifed speaker to speak at a university. It’s like them bringing me to speak on agricultural economics. Only I can tell a cow from my ass.