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Theistic evolution as creationism for academics (part 2)

Biologos, the Templeton-funded brainchild of NIH director Francis Collins, has an article written to defend the fine-tuning argument from the accusation that it is of the God-of-the-gaps form typical of all Creationisms. Their exegesis of the argument begins with the statement, “Unlike a God-of-the-gaps argument, the argument for fine-tuning uses science without divine action to reveal the impeccable precision of our Universe. […] Fine-tuning does not try to draw attention to where science has failed, but rather emphasizes how science has revealed the intricate balance of the universe.” Now reread that passage while substituting the phrase “intelligent design” in place of “fine-tuning” and see how difficult it is to imagine Stephen Meyer writing it. Continue reading

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Theistic evolution as creationism for academics (part 1)

On December 20th 2005, the landmark science education case in Dover, Pennsylvania was settled with the honorable John Jones finding that Intelligent Design (ID) was “not science,” and was unable to “uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents.”

The key player for the evolution lobby was the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). One of the NCSE’s expert witnesses was Brown University biologist, Ken Miller, who has written extensively on his views regarding Christianity and evolution (most notably in “Finding Darwin’s God”). The fact that Ken Miller is a practicing Catholic seems to have been a key factor in the NCSE’s selection, as it allowed them to decouple evolutionary biology from atheism. (Another witness, a Catholic named Julie Smith, was the parent of a girl who had been labeled an “atheist” for accepting evolution.) Continue reading

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