We’ve written several times about a ghoulish practice of the neo-Luddite, neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
Figuratively speaking, the Discoveroids like to dig up graves and use the decomposed remains found therein to enhance the intellectual pedigree of their creationism. For our most recent post on this gruesome practice, see Invasion of the Discoveroid Body Snatchers. So far they’ve desecrated the remains of James Clerk Maxwell, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Thomas Jefferson. They actually made a run at Charles Darwin, but his resting place in Westminster Abby was too secure. Their only success has been Alfred Wallace, but no one cares about him; he was bonkers when he wrote the stuff the Discoveroids swoon over.
We call their ghostly roster the Discoveroids’ Hall of Ancestral Carcasses. Who knows how many more cadavers are piled up in their Seattle headquarters? You can’t determine the number from the ghastly smell around the place, because … well, never mind.
Anyway, today the Discoveroids are furious. They seem to be in a tug-of-war over the body of C. S. Lewis, who is described by Wikipedia as “a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist.” Their latest post is New Book Rescues C.S. Lewis from Attempted Scholarly Kidnapping. “Scholarly Kidnapping”? Egad! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
Today marks the official publication date of the latest title from Discovery Institute Press, The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, edited by Center for Science and Culture associate director John G. West and with a foreword by Phillip E. Johnson.
That’s important news! The Discoveroid post continues:
Why a book that seeks to clarify Lewis’s views on some of the most significant subjects that we deal with here at ENV? One obvious reason is that C.S. Lewis stands out as arguably the most influential Christian theologian of the 20th century, so his writing on science and culture matters.
The Discoveroid creationists would naturally consider the work of a theologian to be vital to their endeavors. Let’s read on:
Less obviously, there has been a shocking movement, by some Christians who ought to know better, to adopt Lewis as a spokesman for neo-Darwinism.
Oh no! The Darwinists are attempting to do some body-snatching! That is indeed shocking. How dare they do such a thing? Grave robbery has been the exclusive technique of the Discoveroids! We continue:
In his essay “Darwin in the Dock,” Dr. West writes about one such instance of scholarly malpractice.
[Skipping the quote suggesting that Lewis accepted evolution.]
That sounds pretty conclusive, but it turns out, as John West notes, that Peterson had done some “creative editing.”
Creative editing? That’s quote-mining! Like grave robbery, quote-mining is reserved exclusively for creationists. Here’s more:
This is a form of intellectual kidnapping — where a revered authority, or anyway the prestige of his reputation, is stolen by one side in a debate and kept captive against all the dictates of scholar responsibility and truth-telling.
Outrageous! Here’s the end:
In The Magician’s Twin, Dr. West and his co-authors seek to redeem the captive. We’ll have more to say on this in days to come. Meanwhile, like we said, as of today you can get your own copy of Magician’s Twin by going here [link omitted].
We wish them well in the battle over the remains of C.S. Lewis. He’ll be a fine addition to the Discoveroids’ Hall of Ancestral Carcasses.
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