April 25, 2013 | 9 comments
March 14, 2013 | 0 comments
March 1, 2013 | 0 comments
January 22, 2013 | 1 comment
January 3, 2013 | 23 comments
Anderson’s fundamental error is here:
This is the anti-evolution disclaimer the Dover teachers were ordered to read to their ninth-grade classes before they could teach evolution: “Because Darwin’s Theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered… . Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence… . Intelligent design is an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view.” In a letter to the school superintendent explaining their refusal, the teachers at one point became especially emphatic: “INTELLIGENT DESIGN,” they wrote, caps lock on, “IS NOT SCIENCE. INTELLIGENT DESIGN IS NOT BIOLOGY. INTELLIGENT DESIGN IS NOT AN ACCEPTED SCIENTIFIC THEORY.”Why does Anderson think these two statements are mutually exclusive? They are not. ID is indeed “an explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view” (though actually, it’s not Darwin but his successors who object to it). And it is indeed not science, since the god-in-the-gaps theory is not a testable hypothesis. ID is, rather, metaphysics. It’s fine to argue that IDers are fundamentally dishonest in presenting a metaphysical theory as a scientific theory, but only if you know what you’re talking about. Anderson doesn’t.
The teachers are right; the school board… is simply wrong. [Last set of ellipses mine; others his.]
Truth be told, I don’t think very highly of ID as metaphysics,
either, but I think even less highly of the reductive atheism that
certain neo-Darwinists are fond of. Richard Dawkins, a brilliant
geneticist, is basically stark raving mad on metaphysical
questions. His response to the priest molestation scandals was to
write that raising a child Catholic is itself child abuse. That
such tripe should generate a backlash is hardly surprising.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?