This one is such a classic example of creationist behavior that we had to mention it. It’s by that noted philosopher, theologian, and intelligent design theorist, David Klinghoffer, and it appears at the blog of the Discoveroids. Both Klinghoffer and the Discoveroids are described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. The thing is mercifully brief: Francis I on a “Plan Inscribed in Nature”.
We have a minor quibble with Klinghoffer’s title. The new Pope is the first to call himself Francis, but is it appropriate to use the numeral “I” after his name? We suspect not, although we have no expertise on papal nomenclature. To us it’s like referring to a man with no children as “Jim Smith, Senior.”
But that’s a trivial matter and it shouldn’t distract us. Let’s see what Klinghoffer has to tell us today. In the quotes that follow, the bold font appears in Klinghoffer’s original — as he thoughtfully emphasizes the phrases he wants us to notice. Here we go:
OK, this papacy is starting off nicely, in a number ways. Here’s one. Pope Francis I, in his installation Mass homily, delivered on Tuesday:
[Klinghoffer purports to quote the Pope:] Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.
Wow! He said “plan” and that’s all the proof we need. That’s a flat-out infallible commitment to the theory of intelligent design, right? Yeah — no doubt about it. What more evidence could you want — a burning bush? You’re probably stunned by all this, but Klinghoffer doesn’t stop with that. He says:
The obvious religious context aside — he’s the Pope, after all — plans being “inscribed in nature” is language pregnant with significance.
Only a fool would deny it! But wait ’til you see Klinghoffer’s next move. Having quoted the Pope (whose language is “pregnant with significance”) he finishes his brief post by giving us a quote from Discoveroid Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell.
The juxtaposition of the Pope’s words with those of a Discoveroid is supposed to do … what? Is this a subtle suggestion that the Pope is endorsing what Meyer says in his book? Or that the Pope has read the book so thoroughly that he has made Meyer’s phrases his own? We don’t know what the implication is, but here comes Klinghoffer’s quote from Meyer. Again, the bold font is in the original:
Our uniform experience affirms that specified information — whether inscribed hieroglyphics, written in a book, encoded in a radio signal, or produced in a simulation experiment — always arises from an intelligent source, from a mind and not a strictly material process.
That’s it. That’s the end of Klinghoffer’s post. We’re left to draw the obvious conclusion. But what is that? You’re supposed to look at the Pope’s language, and then look at Meyer’s language, especially the parts that Klinghoffer highlighted, and conclude … what? If you figure it out, please let us know.
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