Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Impress This!

Over at the Discovery Institute's Evolution News and Views blog Casey Luskin is quite taken with "some excellent material" MikeGene has put together at TelicThoughts about why "Nick Matzke is wrong to go around using his 'ID=Creationism' talking point."

"It’s a seductive meme for Darwinists," writes Luskin, "but these arguments don’t impress MikeGene, who looks at how ID is formulated and finds that it is not creationism."

Well, facts have never impressed MikeGene or his fellow creationists, but those of us who live in the reality based universe understand that it's not "Darwinists" who've provided the most damning evidence that ID=Creationism, rather it's the Creationists themselves.

"A Note to Teachers" published on the Discovery Institute website by Mark Hartwig and Stephen C. Meyer, director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle, claims that the intelligent design textbook Of Pandas and People will "helps students understand the positive case for intelligent design. Following a growing number of scientists and philosophers, the authors argue that life not only appears to have been intelligently designed, but that it actually was. Drawing on recent developments in molecular biology, the authors show that even simple organisms bear all the earmarks of designed systems."

Meyer and Hartwig go on to deny that, "intelligent design is simply a sectarian religion."

Despite what they say, the authors of the ID textbook unquestionably believed creationism and intelligent design to be one and the same.

The evidence?

The 1987 edition Of Pandas and People says “Creation means that various forms of life began abruptly through the agency of an intelligent Creator with their distinctive features already intact—fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, and wings, etc.”

The 1993 edition, to which Meyer and Hartwig's "Note to Teachers" was included as a supplement says "Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency, with their distinctive features already intact— fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, and wings, etc.”

So, Luskin and MikeGene can employ all the sophistry they want. They can write all they want about ID≠Creationism, but the fact is, the authors of the only ID textbook ever produced define both identically. And "Darwinists" can't be blamed for that.


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