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johndcal



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 21 2003,00:20   

In the July/August 1999 issue of TOUCHSTONE, Nancy Pearcey writes, "Finally, [intelligent] design is a winner with the public because it is a scientific research program that actually makes sense to ordinary people."

Is it true? Do "ordinary people" need scientific mythology, just as children need Santa Claus? Or, does God hope that "ordinary people" will mature enough to accept known scientific facts, such as the Big Bang, Earth's age, and Darwinian biological evolution?

The existence of God and historical reality of Jesus and His deity are not dependent on Biblical inerrancy and scientific mythology (modern creationism): YEC, OEC, ID. Wouldn't it be better, in the long run, to show the compatibility of Christianity with correct science?

See Faith & Reason Ministries: Reconciling Christianity with Accepted Science, http://www.faithreason.org/

   
theyeti



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 21 2003,00:48   

Hi John!  Welcome to AE.  Do you have a link for the Touchtone Article by any chance?  It would be very informative and useful.  (Pearcy's statement about ID's "scientific research program" being well accepted is so hilarious that I have to see it in context. :D)

theyeti

P.S.  great website!

  
ExYECer



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 21 2003,15:25   

Nancy Piercey

Touchstone Magazine (July/August 1999)


Design & the Discriminating Public
Gaining a Hearing from Ordinary People

  
theyeti



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 21 2003,20:04   

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The second reason design is a winner is that it is a full-fledged scientific research program, not a narrowly conceived ideological position.


Ha Ha Ha!

This statement is preceded by several paragraphs in which Pearcy justifys the ID movement on nothing more than narrow ideological grounds.  Then she offers us this gem.  I sure would love to see ID's scientific research program, but even if there were such a thing, I doubt anyone could find it buried under the mountains of ideological polemics.

theyeti

  
theyeti



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 21 2003,20:11   

Oh yeah, this has got to rank in the top 10 dumbest arguments ever put forth by an IDist:

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A few years ago, Carl Sagan enchanted a huge television audience by presenting naturalism as an alternative religion in his PBS program Cosmos. The mere fact that he capitalized the word "Cosmos" (as religious believers capitalize"God") was a dead giveaway that he was gripped by a religious intensity.


Is she seriously suggesting that a televison show should have its name written in lower case?  

I guess the fact that "Friends" is capitalized should make us warry of its anti-God message?  Man, the whole line-up is one huge conspiracy against God!  Good grief, what is world comming to...

theyeti

  
Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 22 2003,01:16   

Thanks for the link.  I am too revolted to comment tonight.

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"Science is the horse that pulls the cart of philosophy."

L. Susskind, 2004 "SMOLIN VS. SUSSKIND: THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE"

   
RBH



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(Permalink) Posted: Jan. 22 2003,12:15   

Pearcey wrote
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The second reason design is a winner is that it is a full-fledged scientific research program, not a narrowly conceived ideological position. As soon as one stakes a movement on some narrowly conceived position, there is a danger of splintering off into antagonistic groups and disagreeing over the details. For too long, opponents of naturalistic evolution have let themselves be divided and conquered over subsidiary issues like the age of the earth. The beauty of design is that it can unite everyone who opposes the broad, overarching claim of naturalism while providing a common framework for working on subsidiary issues as allies.

As several people have remarked, should the ID movement carry the issue some day, the very next day (metaphorical) blood will flow in the halls of the DI as the enemies of my enemy suddenly become my enemies.

RBH

Edited by RBH on Jan. 22 2003,12:19

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"There are only two ways we know of to make extremely complicated things, one is by engineering, and the other is evolution. And of the two, evolution will make the more complex." - Danny Hillis.

  
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