The intelligent design controversy has certainly spilled out of its original home among non-materialist Americans.
Here are some useful leads: For Britain, “Infighting among the Darwinists”, Media and Darwinists still ID’s best friends, and the manipulations around what UK PM Tony Blair supposedly said (scroll down). Then there is Quebec (Canada), the Muslim world, and the Catholic Church’s distancing itself from Darwinism. National Center for Science Education also notes the following, no doubt with some overlap with the above.
A recent article in Time made clear that American pundits actually believed that “I.D. lost some of its journalistic heat last December when a federal judge dismissed it as pseudoscience …” (a legal decision in Pennsylvania in 2005).
Just how they could possibly have believed that remains a mystery to me. But I must stop and remind myself that these people probably also believe in, for example, “evolutionary psychology.”Ã‚Â Ã‚Â (Whatever rot the sturdy Pleistocene cave man shouted into the stalactites of his cave somehow got lodged in his genes, which explains the beer belly, and music, and also world religions, and oh yes, why the United States does not go to war againstÃ‚Â Canada, and just about anything elseÃ‚Â anyone wants to make up as well.)
Now, as to why ID is busting out everywhere, keep in mind that the Darwinists, in attacking ID (and the top down universe generally), ask us to believe not onlyÃ‚Â harmlessÃ‚Â cave tales of evolutionary psychology but also things that are clearly at odds with reality.
For example, Darwinists claim to worry about science in the United States because so many Americans disbelieve Darwinism -Ã‚Â when the United States has led in science for many decades. Darwinists don’t notice those discrepancies but, as it happens, others do.
Or they tell us that a famous Darwinist was a Christian when he clearly was not, or that the Catholic Church “supports evolution” when it specifically fails to support the only type that is meaningful to theÃ‚Â Darwinist.
Oh, and I could go on, but every day brings new instances of this sort of thing and you will definitely have more fun with the ones you discover for yourself.
Darwinists also ask us to believe things that are incomprehensible. For example, they insist that intelligent design is unfalsifiable – and already falsified. And if you don’t believe that, Darwinists may try to wreck your career.
Now, I want to be quite clear about this: The mere fact that a teaching is incomprehensible does not mean that it must be rejected.
I have heard a respected physicist explain that the universe may well have eleven dimensions. He is exponentially smarter than me but I doubt that even he comprehends eleven dimensions. The Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity is likewise incomprehensible.
It would be interesting to compile a list of incomprehensible ideas. One might start with certain propositions in quantum mechanics- for example, that electrons are non-local.
People accept incomprehensible ideas when (1) no comprehensible alternative sounds correct and (2) no alternative incomprehensibleÃ‚Â idea sounds more correct.
But in the case of Darwinism, there is a key difference: There is no purely intellectual penalty for doubting it. Hundreds of scientists have gone on record as doubting it.
There is the, ah, difficulty that Darwinists will, as noted earlier,Ã‚Â attempt to wreck your career, enforce their beliefs in your local school system by court orders, compel you to pay for the indoctrination of your children in their beliefs through your taxes, and possibly organize a campaign against you in supine local media.
If you are not a person who enjoys living on your knees, you will probably want to solve the problem by some means other than capitulation.
Perhaps you might begin by tactfully giving the Darwinist to understand that you hold him and his belief system in deficient esteem. More and more people are choosing this route, and that is one reason why there is an intelligent design controversy.
This is not a cave tale. This is happening today. Stay tuned.