Sunday, January 09, 2005

DIS Information update: ID's Religous motivations

The Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture Blog site seems to be upset that the NCSE has shown how good science and religion need not conflict.
When Dover Pastors released an open letter opposing Intelligent Design they showed how Intelligent Design is not based on scientific knowledge but of faith. This is self evident since there is no scientific hypothesis of intelligent design other than an 'argument from ignorance' aka 'God of the Gaps' argument.

The Grantsburg Board's use of the term 'controversies' shows the creationist foundation of these claims. Richard Colling observed that

Prof. Richard Colling wrote:
In his new book, “Random Designer,” he writes: “It pains me to suggest that my religious brothers are telling falsehoods” when they say evolutionary theory is “in crisis” and claim that there is widespread skepticism about it among scientists. “Such statements are blatantly untrue,” he argues; “evolution has stood the test of time and considerable scrutiny. [1]”

Of course the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture's (DIS) comments are particularly ironic given their Wedge Stragegy which outlines (at least to their sponsors) the following goals


Governing Goals

  • To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.
  • To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.

Five Year Goals

  • To see intelligent design theory as an accepted alternative in the sciences and scientific research being done from the perspective of design theory.
  • To see the beginning of the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science.
  • To see major new debates in education, life issues, legal and personal responsibility pushed to the front of the national agenda.

Twenty Year Goals

  • To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.
  • To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its innuence in the fine arts.
  • To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.

And who says that ID does not make predictions?
"I predict that in the next five years intelligent design will be sufficiently developed to deserve funding from the National Science Foundation."

Just not very successful ones... 5 years from 1998 would have been 2003...

It's time that Christians realize that evolution and religious faith do not contradict eachother and that Intelligent Design is, as a friend of mine observed, dishonest as it hides religion under the guise of science. As Christians we have to realize the potential cost of Intelligent Design on not just science but also religious faith. The costs may be quite high...

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