An anti-ID commenter who goes by MatSpirit has been active in these pages for well over a year, during which time he has posted scores of comments in the comboxes of dozens of OPs. This particular statement in one of his comments caught my eye:
If I understand correctly, the ID story is that some unidentified, undetectable supernatural agent acting at a time and place unknown arranged matter into patterns that are living creatures.
It is just staggering to me that someone can spend so much time and effort debating ID and still not have the first idea about the fundamentals of the theory.
I understand what is going on here, of course. Like many of our opponents MatSpirit had a pre-conceived idea of what ID is about before he came to these pages, and nothing — not facts, not logic, not reason –will ever shake that idea. You can explain the fundamentals of ID to a brick wall 1,000 times, and you can explain the fundamentals of ID to someone like MatSpirit 1,000 times, and it will have an identical effect – that is to say, none at all.
You see, MatSpirit has a narrative. And the narrative must be maintained at all costs.
I invite readers to skip down to comment 30. You will see that MatSpirit continues to grit his teeth and stick to his narrative even after it has been pointed out that is what he is doing. It is really quite amazing.