Joined: May 2002
The "Intelligent Design" of a Monkey Trial: A Case of Hidden Agendas
To understand the significance of these "monkey trials," one must look beyond the legal decisions to the hidden agendas. This long view is crucial, especially now with school districts in 40 states under attack by creationists and with the reelection of an evangelical president who wears his religion on his political sleeve and who believes that "God did create the world."
Much of the Discovery Institutešs funds are spent maintaining a stable of authors who write creationist books for the popular press. William Dembski, whose sobriquet is "God's mathematician," is arguably the Wedgešs leading intellectual. His book, the Design Inference, is the screed most often cited, but least read or understood, by letter-to-the-editor writers attacking evolution. But even Dembski's agenda is recoverable from the labyrinth of his text. He writes, "Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory."