This is about a brief, yet very revealing post at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. It was written by Tom Bethell. He’s not officially a Discoveroid, but they publish his essays. Wikipedia says he advocates intelligent design and other fringe ideas. The last time we wrote about one of his essays was Discovery Institute: Natural Selection Is a Fallacy (he claims it’s a tautology).
Bethell’s new contribution is How Does Modern Medicine Depend on Darwinism? Everyone can think of a couple of answers to that question. We provided one six years ago when the Discoveroids first expressed doubt about the value of evolution to the practice of medicine — see Discovery Institute: Toad-Tested Medicine!
But Bethell’s title isn’t the “brilliant question” that our title refers to. That comes a bit later. First he discusses an article by Scott Russell Sanders which says (if we can trust a Discoveroid quote) that evolution “undergirds all of modern medicine and the life sciences.” Bethell seizes upon that and says:
“Undergirds all of modern medicine”? I wonder if Sanders or anyone else can provide, as an example, one modern medical opinion that would be shown to be false if it were generally accepted that bodies are designed. [Bold font added by us.]
That’s Bethell’s brilliant question, and it’s the end of his post. He imagines that he has presented you, dear reader, with a powerful challenge to which you have no answer. Well, do you?
One obvious response is that if we were intelligently designed, we wouldn’t have any need of physicians. Well, maybe for broken bones and stuff like that, but a truly intelligent designer would make us unbreakable.
But that’s too easy. We have a different response to Bethell’s question. It’s a question of our own, but we’re not asking Bethell because we don’t care what his answer might be. Our question is this: Is there any evidence for evolution, or any conclusion we draw from evolution, that the Discoveroids can’t claim is the work of their magic designer? If their “theory” is consistent with everything, no matter what it might be, then does it really explain anything?
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