Every now and then the Discovery Institute lets the mask slip away and they admit the true nature of their crusade. This is one of those times. Their new post is In Supporting Discovery Institute This Christmas Season, Please Consider All That Hangs in the Balance, written by Klinghoffer. It appears to be just another of their annual fund raising posts, but when we read the thing, we see that it’s much more. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
Klinghoffer begins by taking a swipe at Theistic evolution:
Let’s be honest. Scientists, media commentators, and clergy are fooling themselves when they reassure you it’s a perfectly plausible view that “God used evolution” to create life. At the back of their mind, they must know they’re fooling themselves. Of course, one could develop a guided form of evolution that would be compatible with theism, but the mainstream evolutionary theory adopted by Darwinian biologists today specifically excludes that option. The arch-Darwinists see this clearly.
Then he discusses some criticism by an “arch-Darwinist” regarding something written by the National Center for Science Education, which implied a compatibility between faith and evolution. Klinghoffer explains:
Obviously there can be nobody, no intelligent being, “behind” a randomly driven material process that bears no evidence or indication of guidance or purpose. To think otherwise requires a powerful will deceive to yourself.
Klinghoffer knows that God would never use evolution. He says:
That is why, as our colleague John West demonstrated with empirical rigor in the recent study [link omitted], Darwinian theory has worked so effectively as a “universal acid” on traditional ideas about God and about man’s place in the cosmos.
Ah, so that’s the reason the Discoveroids are so opposed to evolution. No surprise there. It’s spelled out in their founding manifesto, the Wedge strategy. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document. Here’s a scan of the original: The Wedge. It’s a pdf document which begins with a graphic of Michelangelo’s God creating Adam. It starts with a long Introduction:
The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. … Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science.
Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. … Bringing together leading scholars from the natural sciences and those from the humanities and social sciences, the Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.
Okay, back to Klinghoffer. Here’s where the flasher opens his coat and exposes himself. Klinghoffer completely rips aside the Discoveroids’ flimsy scientific facade. To make the revelation even more dramatic, we’ll put the important part in red font:
On the question of Darwin versus design, a great deal hangs in the balance — ultimate questions about our lives, their value and meaningfulness. That’s why today, I am asking you to support the work of Discovery Institute.
Intelligent design is not a program of apologetics. ID is, instead, a no-holds-barred search for the truth about life’s origins. That’s why it’s so powerful, and so feared. However, the scientific results it returns are crucial to any convincing, objective account of man as a creature of God.
Yeah, they’re a science think tank. He adds a bit more:
At Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog], where I’m privileged to serve as editor, our contributors don’t write much about theology (unlike, interestingly, some of our atheist interlocutors). … Everyone understands, however, whether you’re an evolutionist or an intelligent design advocate, what follows from a dispiriting conclusion that life was not designed.
What would that be — the Lake of Fire? Anyway, the rest of his post is a plea for money, so we’ll quit here. Fun, wasn’t it?
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