It’s been two years since the Discovery Institute added to their zombie legion of long-deceased members. We’ve described their tactic as the creepy practice of retroactively recruiting dead people to add prestige to their Seattle ministry.
They already have an illustrious roster of long-deceased members, but occasionally they find a new cadaver they can dig up for display in their gruesome gallery. It’s a bizarre activity but it’s safe, because the dead can’t complain about the ignominy of being displayed in the Discoveroids’ Hall of Ancestors — which must look like the lair of some mythical monster, with the bodies of victims piled high.
Here are links to their earlier body-snatching episodes, starting with Thomas Jefferson, and then Alfred Wallace (because of some foolishness he wrote in his dotage), and then Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and then they really got carried away when Charles Darwin Joins the Discovery Institute, but his resting place in Westminster Abby was too secure, and no one took that pathetic effort seriously, and then James Clerk Maxwell, and then — this one was also rather audacious — Superman, and then William Jennings Bryan (of all the carcasses they’ve stashed in their cellar, only Bryan’s belongs there, because he would have voluntarily joined the Discoveroids), and then Abe Lincoln, and then Thomas Aquinas . The last time we wrote about their macabre membership drive was Anaxagoras Joins the Discovery Institute.
Today, dear reader, the Invasion of the Discoveroid Body Snatchers continues. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Newton Understood that Nature Manifests Design of the Highest Order. It was written by Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. He’s not a Discoveroid fellow. Wikipedia says Michael Egnor “is a neurosurgeon and intelligent design supporter who writes for the Discovery Institute blog. He has been a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University since 1991.” Here are some excerpts from his post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
We have much to celebrate in this season, and I would suggest that in addition to our traditional celebrations, we take a moment to give thanks for the life of a man who was born in 1642. Isaac Newton transformed mathematics and physics. He (co)discovered calculus, and discovered the principles of motion and gravitation that form the basis of most modern physics and engineering. Even the great advances of the 20th century in relativity and quantum mechanics were elaborations on, or formulated in distinction to, Newtonian mechanics.
Egnor wants to celebrate Newton during the holiday season? He’s not alone in that — see Olivia Judson: The Ten Days of Newton. Then he says:
Newton, like virtually all the great scientists who have given us modern science, was a passionate Christian.
Yes, but see Did Science Originate with Creationists? Egnor’s paragraph goes on:
He [Newton] was unorthodox; his beliefs are best described as non-Trinitarian monotheism, bordering on Deism. Yet he wrote more extensively about biblical prophecy and Christianity than about physics and mathematics, and he believed that the harmony and mathematical beauty in nature were the design of the universe from the Mind of God.
Ol’ Isaac is low hanging fruit for the Discoveroids because he spent most of his time on nonsense. Wikipedia’s article on him says “Of an estimated ten million words of writing in Newton’s papers, about one million deal with alchemy.” See also: Isaac Newton’s occult studies. It’s a wonder the Discoveroids didn’t recruit him earlier. Egnor tells us:
Newton understood that nature manifests Design of the highest order, and that science, properly understood, is the study of the intelligent design of the universe. Atheist belief — the denial of intelligent design in the natural world — is the antithesis of science. Atheistic scientism is akin to idolatry, and is an ideologically motivated refusal to acknowledge the obvious design manifest in the natural world.
Like so many creationists, Egnor equates science and atheism. He continues:
Newton’s revolutionary research was an exemplar of the indispensability of inference to intelligent design in science.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Gravity and the laws of motion are creation science! Let’s read on:
This design inference was shared by virtually all the great scientists of the past several centuries, from Copernicus to Galileo to Kepler to Faraday to Pasteur to Maxwell to Einstein.
Einstein too? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Maybe the Discoveroids will recruit him next. Here’s how Egnor ends his post:
So with the New Year I’m thankful for many blessings. In my prayers, I give our Creator thanks for the blessing of modern science, given to us through scientists like Isaac Newton who explicitly seek and reveal nature’s intelligent design.
So there you are. Although Newton knew nothing about evolution (he died more than a century before Darwin published Origin of Species), he’s the latest addition to the Discoveroids’ Hall of Ancestors.
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