My post ¨Is God the Voldemort of Science?¨, which I shared on Amazon, touched a raw nerve with someone who provided the following reply. I have injected my response to Mr. Horse´s comments.
Charley Horse says:
A propagandist repeats over and over and over the same lies. Just as you are repeating the same lies as all other activist creationists.
First of all, to the annoyance of Darwin disciples, intelligent design is not the same as creationism. This is inconvenient because it is a lot easier to make fun of people who believe the world is 6,000 years old than it is to answer the challenges of people that acknowledge the universe is billions of years old and are looking for the best explanation for the origin of life.
I am not clear at all as to what lies I am repeating over and over. To recap the highlights of my essay:
1. Secularist have been successful in making evolution the only theory of the origin of life that is taught in schools.
2. Secularists have suppressed the debate of any arguments that criticize the Darwinian theory of evolution.
3. Random mutation as an explanation for the origin of life and the creation of new live forms is not supported by science as ably shown in Stephen Meyer´s books.
4. The overwhelming Christian population of the United States is likely to accept the intelligent design theory, so secularists want to keep the debate out of the public eye.
Again, I am not clear how any of these are lies.
But it has been known for several years now what the true goals of the activists are. Nothing to do with increasing human knowledge. It's all about increasing the numbers of voters who will support a theistic leaning government. Increasing
the wealth and power of the far right religious nuts. Those that promote the inerrancy of their "science book".
I am not opposed to increasing human knowledge. Science advances when old theories are challenged. The obstinate refusal to debate the intelligent design challenge shows that Darwinians are not really interested in increasing human knowledge, but only maintaining the dominance of a belief that cannot support itself by using science.
It is a misperception of liberals that conservatives seek a theistic leaning government. We seek small government and the preservation of our first amendment rights.
Darwinś Doubt is very much a ¨science book.¨ It is a difficult book to read without an advanced understanding of biology. Much of the book consists of Meyer quoting eminent scientists with no association to the intelligent design movement expressing their doubts about the viability of Darwinian evolution as the explanation for the origin of life or the creation of new life forms.
Here are the goals of the organization most responsible for promotion of ignorance in science by promoting 'intelligent design' also known as creationism.
No, intelligent design is not creationism. I have to assume that Mr. Horse is smart enough to know the difference. He lumps the two together as a way to disparage intelligent design. Actually, intelligent design is much closer to evolution that to creationism. It just happens to be a better explanation for evolution than Darwinism.
To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.
To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.
Five Year Goals
To see intelligent design theory as an accepted alternative in the sciences and scientific research being done from the perspective of design theory.
To see the beginning of the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science.
To see major new debates in education, life issues, legal and personal responsibility pushed to the front of the national agenda.
Twenty Year Goals
To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.
To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its innuence in the fine arts.
To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.
I am not sure where Mr. Horse got this list and while they are presented to be alarming, I can´t disagree with the potential conclusions.
My support of intelligent design resulted in my writing of the play Inherit the Wind, Overturned by Design. You can find out more by clicking the link in the right column of this blog. It is also available via ITunes and Barnes and Noble.