Archive for the ‘Intelligent Design’ Category

The Fool Has Said…

October 17, 2007

… in his heart that there is no God.

This actually goes well with my previous post.  George Grant’s blog does not have a link back feature so I cannot give him a proper hat tip.  But, if you wish to check out the post I am referencing then click here and go to October 10th and the post entitled The Threat of Creation.

Dr. Grant brought to my attention a European Council decision to support a resolution to urge its members to oppose all creationism.

From Dr. Grant: 

On October 4, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted 48 to 25 in support of the resolution entitled the dangers of creationism in education in which the legislative body urged its 47 constituent governments to “firmly oppose” the teaching of Creationism, arguing that such beliefs are “promoted by forms of religious extremism” seeking to “to impose religious dogma “ at the expense of children’s “education. “

The idea of a Creator is dangerous to be sure.  It means that there are laws not passed by a legislature.  It means that if those laws are ignored there will be hell to pay. 

One of the statements in the resolution points to the utilitarian objective in much of modern science:

Science provides irreplaceable training in intellectual rigour. It seeks not to explain “why things are” but to understand how they work.

When all that matters is the ‘how’ of creation, ethics goes out the window.  How do stem cells work?  Take them from embryos and let’s find out.  How does the brain translate a pin prick into pain?  Those less developed humans (see the post below) are available for testing. 

The Lord Jesus Christ is Lord over creation.  He is the living Word who moved the writer of Hebrews to say: 

Heb 11:3  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

We all have our faith based religions.  The writers of this bit of drivel are full of faith.  Their faith is in an eternal materialism.  It grows our of a love of self and idolatrous reason.  May your faith be of stronger stuff… May it rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ as revealed in His word, which informs all of creation.  

By the way the resolution was drafted by French Socialists (is that redundant?).  As if you needed another reason to hate the French…

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Consequences

October 17, 2007

Fury at DNA pioneer’s theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners

If evolution is fact then why the ‘fury?’  Would you not expect to find intelligence differences in differing species?  We do in dogs, right?  Man is just a dog that has a worse sense of smell and a bigger brain…  right?

Psalm 139:13-16

13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.

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Do You Find This Scary?

June 29, 2007

From the Telegraph-UK:

In a development that has triggered unease and excitement in equal measure, scientists in the US took the whole genetic makeup – or genome – of a bacterial cell and transplanted it into a closely related species.

Here is a good word: Hubris

Here is an excellent passage of Scripture: Prov 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

I think it is a mark of great hubris to:

#1 believe that we can “create life” in the lab and control it.

#2 believe that, while it takes super-smart monkeys decades to “create life” of the simplest kind, an amorphous mass of gas and oozy stuff can self organize into super-smart monkeys who can map genomes.

The fool has said in his heart there is no God and there is no fool like a smart fool.

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Catch-22

February 22, 2007

It has been awhile since I read the (short) novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, but the bombardiers’ predicament reminds me of the situation Intelligent Design theorist, Dr. Stephen Meyer, found himself in back in 2004.

In Catch-22 Heller nails the death of modernism and the futility of reason in the face of bureaucratic chaos. The main character, Yossarian, comes to realize that the authorities over him do not posses anything close to the truth.The regulation they use to keep him flying dangerous bombing missions (Catch-22) does not even exist, though everyone believes it does. It is a post-modern novel if ever there was one.

Back in August of 2004 an article authored by Dr. Meyer appeared in the online edition of Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. This article had been peer reviewed and thought worthy of publication by the editors of that somewhat eclectic periodical. It was only read by a handful of folks though and very few knew of its existence.

After it was converted to bits and bytes though… Katie bar the door. The scientific community was aghast when it hit the Internet. In their eyes the collective IQ of the nation was in danger of steep decline through a challenge to the status quo. This could not be happening, could it? I.D. papers being peer reviewed AND published? What next? Interspecies reproduction?

Here is the catch-22… The ‘scientific’ community requires peer review and publication of theories in order for one to be respected in the community. To get respect you have to be “published” in a professional journal. The ‘scientific’ community controls the professional journals and refuses (by and large) to publish papers from the I.D. camp.  This is from a recent article at Discovery.org, “The Darwinist case for opposing public consideration of Intelligent Design amounts to saying that “You have to publish in the professional journals before taking the theory to the public, and we have a rule that doesn’t allow you to publish in the professional literature.” “Life is good if you are the practitioner of the “accepted” flat earth science of your day. Not so good if you happen to be the guy pointing out the curve of the horizon.

 Go read the article at Discovery.org…

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