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Friday, December 09, 2005

The Downward Spiral

Will Saletan offers some historical perspective on creationism:

Nobody here is a candidate for Fetish Night. But nobody seems horrified by it, either, just as nobody really doubts evolution. What used to be shocking is now just fun or silly, even to those of us who think of ourselves as believers. Fundamentalists have lost the media, the colleges, and the science academies. The battleground has been reduced to public schools, and creationism has been reduced to intelligent design—a pathetic, agnostic, empty shell. Creationists can't teach a dogma, so they "teach the controversy." They accept more and more of Darwin's theory, narrowing the dispute to isolated systems—the eye, the flagellum, the blood-clotting system—that they say Darwinism can't explain. They just want science to stop short of denying God's possibility. A little bit of mystery, a parcel of unspoiled divine wilderness, is all they ask.


  • But in so doing, such advocates look silly. Biology is different from cosmology. One can have an evolutionarily consistent explanation for eyes and other complex structures and lack any answer for what preceded the origin of the universe.

    By Blogger Stephen, at 4:32 PM  

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