The University of Kansas is planning to teach a course on Intelligent Design as mythology. I had always opposed the teaching of ID as anything other than science. Teaching ID in anything other than a science course only reinforces the perception to the general public that ID is nothing more than personal belief. The intention of Professor Paul Mirecki to teach ID as mythology in a religious course is precisely that, to undermine the credibility of ID. His intention is far more malicious as it was discovered in one of his email.
“The fundies want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category ‘mythology,'” Mirecki wrote.
As a fundamentalist, I find it very offensive that he is using the platform of a university to create a mock course just to slap my face. But this is much more serious than just some personal attack on Christian fundamentalists.
I think the Atheistic Darwinians are beginning to show their true nature. I’ve written about this before in Atheism’s Trojan Horse. The Atheistic Darwinians don’t have a problem with ID. They are not even interested in science. Their main focus is to crush the fundies and not give any grounds for the Christians to belief in their mythology. Make no mistake; this is a war of Worldviews for sure. It is not about the purity of science as some Darwinists have claimed.
If this was about the purity of science they would be engaged in a purely scientific evidential debate and not this ID = Creationism propaganda. What evidence do I have that Darwinians are only interested in protecting their religious belief in Darwinism and not science? Mirecki is an example of this religious Darwinism. He wants to create a class with the sole intent of mocking ID, why? Is it because ID is just a ridiculous theory without any scientific basis? Does he feel threaten by ID that it would harm what he view as the purity of science? Maybe, but his intent for the ID course is not to address these concerns of science, but to slap the big fat faces of the fundies.
I believe Mirecki is not alone in his view. I think the majority of Darwinians feel the same way as Mirecki does, but they just have not been caught red-handed exposing their true intention. Let me demonstrate this with another case.
On Oct 21 2005 at the AEI forum Lawrence Krauss made a keynote address on the teaching of Intelligent Design. I want to critique his lengthy talk at a later post and there is a lot to criticize. What is germane to this posting is in the Q&A session after his talk. The first question asked to him was basically how would he reach out to those who fear his talk because they feel that it threatens their basic view of the universe and moral underpinnings?
you are absolutely right I believe, that this is driven by fear and the fear is not completely misplaced.
Why isn’t their fear completely misplaced? This is a very interesting answer from Krauss because throughout his talk he emphasized how important science is and the purity of science. Science does not address the “why” but only the “how” . What is Krauss intimating here, that science does make claims to the “why” question? He continues:
Steve Weinberg who’s a physicist and notably anti-religious have said “Science does not make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible to not believe in God” And that’s really important because until we had science everything was miraculous. So science for some people is a threat.
That doesn’t make sense does it? Why would the theist fear science if it does not make it impossible for them to believe in God? On the other hand, science seems to be vitally important for those who do not want to believe in God. As a matter of fact according to Weinberg it is not possible to be an Atheist if Krauss’ view of science (materialistic naturalism) is not correct. So science is a threat for some? Who are the “some” , theists who have nothing to lose or atheists who has everything to lose?
There are three possibilities to Krauss’ assertion. 1. The Atheistic Darwinians are fearful of ID because it threatens Atheism. 2. Krauss is being deceptive because science really is a threat to non-atheists. 3. Although science is not a threat to belief in God but nevertheless the theists are mistakenly fearful of science.
Let’s for the sake of argument and rule out possibility #2 and assume Krauss is an honorable man. I think Krauss believes possibility #3 is the underlying cause for the rise of ID. This may or may not be true but it seems that Krauss certainly believes in it. There is one possibility we can be sure of and that is #1. Possibilities #2 and #3 may or may not be true but according to Krauss ID is Creationism, then Atheism is dead if ID is true. If you are committed Atheists you would fight tooth and nail to defeat this onslaught of Creationism wouldn’t you?
The picture is becoming more and more clear with each passing day. If their concern with ID is over science, then why don’t the ID critics engaged in a scientific debate of evidence? Why say ID equals Creationism? Why worry about an insignificant few (according to the Darwinists) scientists who is waging a PR campaign? The Darwinists certainly is more vocal and capable of drowning out the ID voices. They have more money and more research to demonstrate the science of Darwinian evolution. If Krauss is truly concern about the purity of science then show us the evidence.
The Darwinians will not engage in a scientific debate, but according to Krauss they need to do a better job of PR and become evangelists. The last time I check an evangelist is a religious person preaching the good news (gospel). Is this a Freudian slip? Did he mean that they have to become better at preaching the good news of Atheistic Darwinism? Darwinism is the mechanism for which Atheism requires. As atheistic materialists, we don’t know all that there is to know in science. We have gaps in our knowledge of the Darwinism mechanisms, but we need to have faith brother. Faith in materialistic naturalism is all that there is. It is the only way to Atheism. It is the only way to true knowledge. Hear the rallying cry of brother Krauss and join us to become an evangelist for Darwinism.