Intelligent design and its enemies
|February 3, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Looking at the big picture over the past seven years (when I first started to take the intelligent design controversy seriously), one item stands out: The behaviour of the promoters of Darwinian evolution.
It is exactly what one might predict of people who think they don’t have a good case.
First, they suppress alternative cases, as I wrote earlier, as follows:
Doubters who dare to offer facts in support of their views are hounded in a thoroughly unprofessional way.
Allegedly Christian institutions abet the persecution because they need to suck up to elite atheists in order to think well of themselves. (I confess I do not know why. It is inconceivable to me how anyone could take those people’s opinions seriously, given that the entire twentieth century has been a vast disconfirmation of same.)
The idea that the universe shows evidence of intelligent design is treated as a threat to human rights.
Second, I was surprised by the sheer, gratuitous and usually profane hatred of anyone who thinks that the case for (or against) design can be argued in a civilized manner. If you need evidence, go here, here, and here. This is the confidence of the dockside bully, not the confidence of the person who has a solution in his jacket pocket.
And lastly, I was surprised at how both evidence for and interest in design has grown over the past seven years, despite all the attempts to suppress it. Seven years ago, when I Googled “intelligent design”, I would get some thousands of entries, which included ergonomic desks and such. Now there are over 5.5 million entries. That is partly the growth of the Internet, but surely not all.
So, obviously, the ID guys must have something going for them.