The Difference Between "Intelligent Design" and "Creationism"?

Friday, August 13, 2010 at 1:26 PM Bookmark and Share
Here's a fantastic article you should check out: Still Trying to Get Creationism into Science Classes: Five Years After Kitzmiller v. Dover, Discovery Institute Hasn’t Changed its Playbook. The article covers the relationship between ID and creationism and gives a nice, brief history of the Discovery Institute (DI).

If you're unfamiliar with their history...
Let’s start with the so-called Wedge Document. In 1998, DI put out a fundraising document that plainly set forth its “governing goals,” which included these aims:
To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural, and political legacies; and to replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.
Sounds like a pretty clear mission statement to me. But there’s more...

Also pointed out in the article is one big similarity between the Dover trial (covered in this documentary) and the recent ruling against Prop. 8 in California:
An interesting comparison can be made to the recent decision of Judge Vaughn R. Walker about Proposition 8. In the Prop. 8 case as in Dover, the supposed scientific arguments of religiously motivated organizations often don’t hold up well in a courtroom where they are required to present the evidence of their assertions.

[Hat tip to the NCSE]


Posted by: Roger | 8/13/2010 5:03 PM

Thanks for sharing this article. My favorite tid-bit;
"LSEA specifically targets “evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” as subjects in which educators are required to “promote critical thinking skills.”" What would Christians have against human cloning? Wasn't Eve created from the rib of Adam? Sounds like the first instance of human cloning to me ;).

Posted by: Paul | 8/13/2010 5:06 PM

same with Global warming - I mean, it does seem consistent with the world going to hell in a handbasket ;)

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