After you’ve seen the movie, you’ll need the book!
If Expelled left you with any doubts whether intelligent design is a scientific hypothesis, and not a religious dogma, as its detractors claim, then you need to do a little reading. (Sorry. I understand. It’s just not on youtube yet.)
Intelligent Design 101 places the scientific debate over intelligent design and “unintelligent evolution” in the context of the struggle for hearts and minds going on in our society, according to William Dembski, who wrote the foreword to the book. ID luminaries such as Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe contributed chapters that deal with the complete range of issues, from thoughts on the nature of science and the implications of Darwinism for the law to the evidence for design and Darwinism’s inability to explain how nature’s complexity can be explained by mere chance and time.
The leading edge of virtually every field of science has produced evidence that the world is too complex and too finely tuned to be an accident. The universe was designed by an intelligence far beyond that of Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Carl Sagan, or Richard Dawkins – who once declared, “The illusion of purpose is so powerful that biologists use the assumption of good design as a working tool.”
If design is such an effective tool for scientific inquiry, and if it is so obvious there is purpose in nature, what would lead one to conclude it is an illusion? Perhaps the problem isn’t so much illusion as delusion … an anti-God delusion.
Try to talk with someone who places blind faith in Darwinism to get them off the hook about the reality of God, and you’ll get a lot of heat and light – derision and abuse. And you’ll also get smoke – a barrage of arcane factoids that supposedly demonstrate that neo-Darwinist macroevolution can explain not only the origin of the species but its development as well. The truth, however, is that all the Darwinists can offer is examples of change within a species. There is no evidence of transition from one species to another. And even more significantly, they can offer no explanation for the origin of life and intellect.
The preface to Intelligent Design 101 offers this perspective:
People should have the good sense to know when a viewpoint is being forced due to lack of evidence.
One fascinating aspect of the current debate is that many leading Darwinists behave more like the stereotypical “fundamentalists” than do the religious “fundamentalists” they oppose. They imagine zealots who seek to censor the teaching of evolution on purely religious grounds. In the secular academy, questioning of the neo-Darwinian creation account usually is not tolerated. Establishment opposition to any alternative supposition to neo-Darwinian evolution is as voracious as that encountered by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) when he published his arguments for a Copernican, sun-centered solar system. People on all sides of the macroevolution debate see the important worldview implications in the balance.
Because of its intolderance to dissent, academia generally has a “pro-Darwin-only” approach to origins. Wearing philosophical blinders, Darwinists commonly proclaim in a self-contradictory fashion that intelligent design is both false and unfalsifiable. Evolution, they say, is the only possible answer, and this is infallible fact.
Those with an open mind see the issue differently. Intelligent design is a fresh, and compelling, alternative to the tired arguments of Darwinism.
Intelligent Design 101 will give you reasons to embrace intelligent design as a reasonable alternative to blind adherence to Darwinist dogma.
Cross-posted at CounterCulture.