Question by timeponderer: Is the anti-evolution Discovery Institute good or evil?
So.. I’ve been doing some reading on what is behind this “intelligent design” over in america. It seems like the Discovery Institute is the main force behind it, and especially a Phillip E. Johnson, architect of the Wedge Strategy. Here are some quotes (web-pages to come):
“This isn’t really, and never has been a debate about science. It’s about religion and philosophy.”
“The objective [of the Wedge Strategy] is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the non-existence of God. From there people are introduced to ‘the truth’ of the Bible and then ‘the question of sin’ and finally ‘introduced to Jesus.”
So my question is, is this deception a moral thing to do? Given that there hasn’t been a single peer-reviewed scientific paper published by the Institute, and given that over 99.9% of biologists (many of whom are religious) support evolution. Do the ends justify the means?
Yeah, evil’s a bit harsh, should’ve said moral or immoral.
Cogito Sum – here is the problem. Science is not politics (everyone in the western world has free speech by the way). Most people outside of the relevant fields don’t have the time/inclination to know everything. It is clearly deception to ignore the scientific community, and target the general public instead with scientific sounding arguments. Meanwhile trying to paint evolution as athiesm, and (if you read the webpage) proclaiming “teach the controversy”. What controversy? – there is none in science. It seems like Machiavellian politics to me, yes. I was asking people – religious people – if they thought it was justified, if it would bring people to God.
Oh and you say that Lee Strobel, the Christian apologetic who only interviewed DI people for his book (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Strobel) “was very factual on the status of the debate”?? And again what scientific debate?
Answer by Manny
It’s among the silliest notions to ever cross the 20th century.
Not moral at all. In fact, it is an extremely expensive hoax.
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