Tuesday, August 09, 2005

ID Roundup

Looking for more quality opinion and facts regarding Intelligent Design?

Here's an early August roundup of recent columns and articles on the subject:

David Limbaugh on the ID bogeyman.

Attorney Dan Peterson does a fine job of framing the debate in this column from The American Spectator where he plants his tongue firmly in cheek and describes all us ID proponents to a "T":
Among certain sectors of the media, for example, it's an article of faith that those who believe in God, or advocate principles supporting that belief, are just a mob of Bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging, Scripture-spouting, hellfire and brimstone-preaching, rightwing, gun-toting, bigoted, homophobic, moralistic, paternalistic, polyester-wearing, mascara-smeared, false-eyelashed, SUV-driving, Wal-Mart shopping, big hair, big gut, fat butt, holy-rolling, snake-handling, Limbaugh-listening, Bambi-shooting, trailer-park-dwelling, uneducated, ignorant, backwater, hayseed, hick, inbred, pinhead rubes -- mostly from the South, or places no better than the South -- who voted for Bush.
But Peterson does an even better service than giving us some levity. His article is one of the best summaries of the debate I have come across to date.

Lawrence Henry has something to say about Unintelligent Design

In his National Review column, President Bush is right about evolution and design, Peter Wood tries to take the middle ground:
I don't carry a brief for Michael Behe, the intelligent-design proponent at Lehigh University, or the movement that he has started. But I also don't think science is well served by elevating to the status of unquestionable truth the image of a material universe governed solely by random and otherwise inexplicable events. That's a worldview, not a scientific conclusion, and it has no better claim to our intellectual assent than views that postulate an underlying purpose, meaning, or destination for humanity.

For a real treasure trove of superb thinking on the subject I highly recommend the writings of William Dembski, one of the leading proponents of ID.


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