The evolution of intelligent design
Intelligent design gets a place in the philosophy classrooms of secular Knox College
By Liz Kemmerer
(April 27, 2006)
Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., recently completed its first run of a one-of-a-kind course taught by a one-of-a-kind professor. In December, Martin Roth, a professor of philosophy of science at the secular private college taught a short philosophy course titled Ã¢â‚¬Å“Intelligent DesignÃ¢â‚¬Â to explore the topic historically and critically. A concentrated course, it made its debut during the college winter break from Nov. 29 to Dec. 16 with students meeting for three-hour sessions three times a week for three weeks. . . .
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want to see what topics the students were interested in, what they pick up on, which directions they want to go,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. The students enjoyed the material and appreciated that the arguments presented were far less tainted and silly than they were accustomed to, he added. . . .
The response generated from RothÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s class has been overwhelmingly positive among students and faculty. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Various school administrators have told me that they heard positive things about the course from students who enrolled in it,Ã¢â‚¬Â Roth said. It appears that students who participated received a better explanation of intelligent design than they expected. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I gathered from the enthusiasm and interest with which they discussed matters that they were engaged with the topic,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Roth.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dr. Roth was very good to us and treated the issue fairly,Ã¢â‚¬Â Riecker said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were given the best of both sides.Ã¢â‚¬Â Even some of KnoxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prospective students and their parents shared in the enthusiasm, having applauded the fact that Knox offers a course addressing this subject, Roth said. With the momentum resulting from the course, it looks probable that these prospective students will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves. . . .