Discovery Institute Discovers a Jewish Creationist

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THIS is really breaking news. No, it’s not the Precambrian rabbit — the non-existent proof that Darwin was wrong — but it’s close.

At the Discoveroid blog we read Rabbi Hirsch, Darwin Dissenter. It’s written by John West, so you know it’s important.

Who is John West? It’s in his honor that this post is adorned with our jolly Buffoon logo. If you already know who West is, you can skip this indented paragraph:

West is a winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award. He’s a Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (the DI), where he is Associate Director of their Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). That makes him one of the chief Keepers of their Wedge strategy, and the guru of the cdesign proponentsists (a term described here: cdesign proponentsists).

What news does West have for us? Here are some excerpts, with his links omitted and some bold font added by us:

Despite the old canard that the only people to question Darwinian evolution are evangelical Protestants (a canard regurgitated yet again last week by the New York Times), the fact remains that Darwin dissenters can be found among thoughtful scientists and other people from all religions and walks of life.

Yes, Westie, it’s the “thoughtful” people who are creationists. Let’s read on:

There have been many Catholic dissenters from Darwin, from St. George Jackson Mivart and G.K. Chesterton a century ago

A century ago? Wow! We continue where we interrupted that sentence:

— to biochemist Michael Behe and philosopher/theologian Benjamin Wiker today.

Michael Behe? Yes, he’s “thoughtful” too. Here’s more:

There also have been numerous Jewish dissenters from Darwin. David Klinghoffer writes about one of them in an essay for First Things on Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808–1888):

This is really impressive. West wants us to know that it’s not just evangelicals. Even smart people — like Catholics and Jews — can be creationists. We told you this was breaking news.

It seems that Discoveroid David Klinghoffer has found a creationist Rabbi who died in 1888. He outlived Charles Darwin by six years, and yet he remained a creationist. Fantastic! This discovery is yet another scientific triumph for the Discoveroids.

All that remains of Westie’s post is a one-paragraph quote from Klinghoffer’s article. We’ll spare you. But in case you really want to learn about this Rabbi and his creationism, here’s a link to what Klinghoffer has written: The Mission of the Jews.

The Discoveroids are doing a great job. With scholarship like this, it won’t be long before Darwin and his theory will be found only in the dustbin of history.

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13 responses to “Discovery Institute Discovers a Jewish Creationist

  1. Discoveroid John West notes that ‘Darwin dissenters’ are found among

    other people from all religions and walks of life

    Using the Klinghoffer GBA (guilt by association) rule, can we draw up a list of such ‘other people’?

    Using DI standards, I’d kick off that list with “Osama bin Laden.”

  2. Great Claw says:

    … I’d kick off that list with “Osama bin Laden.”

    No, my operatives inform me that Klinghoffer is working on a post that will tie him to Darwin.

  3. “Darwin dissenters”? This to avoid the religious connotations of being called creationists or the idea that they are promoting its step-child ID? Its not that they are pushing a religious agenda, its just that they disagree with Darwin? Its every person’s right to have an opinion and disagree, right? Nothing wrong with that, huh?

  4. Oy gevalt!

    West must be ticked off about the recent Harris poll showing acceptance of evolution among American Jews at 80%. The Clergy Letter Project added a rabbi letter recently, too.

  5. Michael Behe could very well be the only Catholic scientist who is a vocal ID proponent – there may be more on the “Dissent from Darwin” list, but I don’t know of them offhand. Behe is also accepts common descent, among other things.

  6. James F says:

    Michael Behe could very well be the only Catholic scientist who is a vocal ID proponent …

    Well, they’ve got Behe and a rabbi who died over 130 years ago. I guess that means … what?

  7. Canadian Guy

    Reading the article, I don’t think Hirsch was critical of Darwin’s theory in the way Klingy thinks he is.
    Plus, I bet there were a lot of thoughtful people when Origin first came out that felt concern over the social implications of Darwin’s theory who, if they could look ahead, would have been greatly relieved.

  8. Despite the old canard that the only people to question Darwinian evolution are evangelical Protestants (…)

    Funny, it’s the first time I hear of this “old canard”. I suspect Dorothy’s old friend! Whatever…

    Darwin dissenters can be found among thoughtful scientists and other people from all religions and walks of life.

    Aside the fact that “thoughtful” isn’t exactly the most insightful epithet for the evolution denialists, this deserves a huge “So what?” Not even presenting himself with an Anacreonian or Arrakian “Darwin dissenter” would give more credibility to the Fiat lux horror story.

  9. In a 6000 year old Earth, 1888 is practically last week. How more up-to-date can the Discoveroids get?

  10. In a 6000 year old Earth, 1888 is practically last week. How more up-to-date can the Discoveroids get?

    Err… to keep the proportion, in a 6000-years-old Earth, 1888 is more like somewhere in the late Cretaceous… Which means Darwin must have been closely acquainted with dinosaurs — just one of the facts all scientists conspire to hide from the population, I suppose.

  11. @Canadian Guy, “Reading the article, I don’t think Hirsch was critical of Darwin’s theory in the way Klingy thinks he is.”

    That’s the feeling I got also. In fact, I don’t think the Rabbi would have been too taken with ID either. He would probably have been an ID “dissenter” too.

  12. A Rabbi dissenter? OMG. How terrible, Next thing you know there’ll be Hindu dissenter, an Islam dissenter, even a Christian dissenter.

    Hey Klingy, dig up all the religious fussbudgets (the curmster don’t like my other words for them) you want, the number of darwin deniers has no impact on the science.

    Hahahahahahaahhahaha.cough, sputter, cough, aaaah.

    OT. I finally found out who Megalonyx really is. He sent me an email.

    He’s Joe the Plumber and he threatened to roto-root my dogs if I exposed him. Go ahead and try dude, I’m not afraid of your butt crack, and neither are my dogs.

  13. Tundra Boy says: “…the curmster don’t like my other words …”

    I guess I have to accept reality. Canadians have different rules.