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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Designs of The Times 
Now, I'm digging the theory of evolution. As a theist, I regard evolution as one of the mechanisms in a greater theory of intelligent design. But I do not believe that the literalist, die-hard "new earth" creation theory stands up to the evidence available, or even close to it.

Nevertheless, check out the New York Times' headline, here:

Kansas Begins Teaching Headlines on Diluting Teaching of Evolution

No, that is not what is at stake here. There is nothing in Darwinian evolution which postulates the absence of intelligent design. Evolution as Darwin describes could easily occur in a theistic or atheistic milieu - which is its strength. It cannot occur in a "new earth" milieu, which is why new earth creationism is discredited (along with its moonbat adherents.)

The reporter writes it pretty straight, or even tilts slightly to the intelligent designers:

The hearings by the Kansas State Board of Education- one part science lesson, one part political theater - were set off by proposed changes to Kansas's science standards intended to bring a more critical approach to the teaching of Darwinism. The sessions provided perhaps the highest-profile stage yet for the emerging movement known as intelligent design, which asserts that life is so intricately complex that an architect must be behind it. Critics argue that intelligent design has no basis in science and is another iteration of creationism.

Scientists who defend Darwinism are boycotting the hearings, called by the state school board's conservative majority. Nonetheless, a lawyer representing them peppered the other side's experts with queries both profound and personal.

"Can you tell us, sir, how old you believe the Earth is?" the lawyer, Pedro Irigonegaray, asked William S. Harris, a chemist, who helped write the proposed changes to the state standards.

"I don't know," Dr. Harris replied. "I think it's probably really old."


I think the reporter probably understands the nuances of the argument pretty well. But the knuckleheads at the NY Times copydesk either don't, or are trying to kill the baby in the crib with a distorting, misleading headline.

There is nothing about ID that dilutes evolution. ID tries to EXPLAIN evolution, not change it. And students will have a better understanding of the interface between science and theism, and the limits of science, and of evolution itself, for having looked at evolution through the lens of intelligent design.

Splash, out

Jason

(P.S., I think that's my greatest post title ever. :-) )

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I'm a young-earth Creationist, but I'll readily acknowledge that my reasons are that young-earth Creationism is far more important to theology than old-earth evolution is to science. You can beleive the world was created with the appearance of age and still do perfectly useful science (Newton, Faraday, Mendel).

However, I am weary of being thought of as a slobbering nincompoop. Not much to do about it but suck it up and listen while the evolutionary priests defend their myth of origins. Thanks for taking a poke for us, even if you don't agree.

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