We haven’t had one of these for almost a year. It’s time to get your creative juices flowing.
To remind you of all the intellectual thrills we’ve provided in the past, our earlier contests were: #1 (Creationism is to evolution as _____ is to _______), followed by #2 (The typical Discoveroid’s next job will be _______), and then #3 (The Discoveroids are the dregs of _____), and then #4 (The creationists’ biggest lie is _____), and then #5 (Can _____ be defended using only scientific terms?), and most recently #6 (What shall we call a creationist toilet camera?).
Today’s contest was inspired by the Discovery Institute — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page. You know all about their wondrous theory, described here: Intelligent Design Redefined.
The best arguments the Discoveroids have are two oldie goldies, long known to be fallacious. One is a god of the gaps argument. The other is William Paley’s watchmaker analogy — which was popular in the days before Darwin. But those arguments can also be invoked to make an equally strong case for Zeus, Odin, or any other supernatural entity.
The Discoveroids’ magical, mystical designer — blessed be he! — has everything going for him except one little thing. There’s not a scrap of verifiable evidence to support his existence. That’s where they need our help.
Therefore, this is your challenge, dear reader:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully. That’s the really challenging part of these contests — being tasteful.
Your Curmudgeon will decide if there’s a winner, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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