Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Intelligent Dupes

Christianity Today has a most interesting article called "The Other ID Opponents: Traditional creationists see Intelligent Design as an attack on the Bible." The article notes that:

[S]pokespersons at the Discovery Institute routinely distanced their theory from creationism and from those who wanted to teach ID in science classrooms.
In return:

[C]reationists were warning their millions of followers about the dangers of ID. Its foundation in science, not the Bible; [and] its willingness to accept large aspects of evolutionary theory . . .
After all, as the article says:

[Traditional creationists] don't need ID's help to topple evolution. They're doing just fine. An April CBS poll found that 44 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Unconcerned with academic acceptance, [Answers in Genesis’] Mark Looy, vice president of outreach, condemns "compromise positions" such as theistic evolution, progressive creation and even the gap theory, which allows for ages of time to pass between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. But beyond that:

The most recent attack on Genesis, one that to AiG's dismay is accepted and promoted by evangelicals, is Intelligent Design.
Terry Mortenson, an AiG lecturer and researcher, is even more blunt:

Christians are being duped, Mortensen says. "Most if not all of the ID books are published by evangelical Christian publishers, which are marketing to an evangelical audience. And our concern is that [although] in those books there are good design arguments, there are statements sprinkled in them implying or stating openly that Genesis isn't important."


"In a subtle way, none of the ID people are coming out and attacking the Bible," says Mortenson, "but by leaving the Bible on the side and saying Genesis isn't really important, and we don't need to worry about that, is a very subtle form of undermining the authority of the Bible in the church."
This is all the more galling since, as Ken Ham, president of AiG, says:

I don't think the ID movement would be where it is even now if it was not for the general creation movement. They're riding on the coattails of the creation movement.
So AiG at least knows what is going on with ID:

"I would venture to guess," says Mortenson, "that it would be very likely that the majority of people who are trying to influence the schools are creationists rather than ID [proponents]." ID, he says, was seen as a way to challenge evolution without violating court rulings on the separation of church and state.
Not only are we seeing some rips in the "big tent," there is the spectacle of young-Earth creationists teaching the IDeologues a thing or two about honesty and straight talking. Who’d have thunk it?

The DI has smokespersons, not spokespersons...
Not often I hit the "next blog" button in a moment of boredom and find something:

A) in English
B) well written and worth reading
C) something I agree with (former pre-med/genetics-concentration grad).
Thanks for the kind words, Doggirl. Out of curiosity, I tracked down your efforts and the first thing I ran into is your essay (I think it deserves "essay" rather than "post") "Eww, Is that Doggie Don't?"

I wish I could write so well!
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