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Sunday, December 04, 2005

New York Times Has Excellent Article on Intelligent Design Creationism


The Templeton Foundation, a major supporter of projects seeking to reconcile science and religion, says that after providing a few grants for conferences and courses to debate intelligent design, they asked proponents to submit proposals for actual research.

"They never came in," said Charles L. Harper Jr., senior vice president at the Templeton Foundation, who said that while he was skeptical from the beginning, other foundation officials were initially intrigued and later grew disillusioned.

"From the point of view of rigor and intellectual seriousness, the intelligent design people don't come out very well in our world of scientific review," he said.

While intelligent design has hit obstacles among scientists, it has also failed to find a warm embrace at many evangelical Christian colleges. Even at conservative schools, scholars and theologians who were initially excited about intelligent design say they have come to find its arguments unconvincing. They, too, have been greatly swayed by the scientists at their own institutions and elsewhere who have examined intelligent design and found it insufficiently substantiated in comparison to evolution.

"It can function as one of those ambiguous signs in the world that point to an intelligent creator and help support the faith of the faithful, but it just doesn't have the compelling or explanatory power to have much of an impact on the academy," said Frank D. Macchia, a professor of Christian theology at Vanguard University, in Costa Mesa, Calif., which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, the nation's largest Pentecostal denomination.

PZ Myers is gloating on Pharyngula. He cross-posted this over on the American Street. The Discovery Institute is fuming here, here and here.

The commenters are having fun:

Joel The Bowerbird — 12/04 at 07:23 PM
I have a fundamentalist brother and sister, and sending them this article really angered them. They said I was trying to "preach to them about my viewpoints". (It's a new article sillies!) It's easy to see why it angered them, and it is fantastic that ID seems to be in its death throes.

IDiocy isn't dead. Their PR machine will continue on - and they will continue to get people saying that the "Darwinist fundementalists" are so mean to the poor IDiots.

King Banain comments that in Kansas, the ID supporters have completely intimidated Paul Mirecki. King seems to believe this is good news.

And now the ID supporters are trying to say - it's not a religious thing because there are Muslim creationists too.

Senator Michele Bachmann makes sure there are Muslims coming to testify for her anti-gay amendment. There are always Muslims speaking at the Bachmann amendment rallies.

Hopefully this NY Times article will be reprinted in the Star Tribune.