This is a good example of how the Discovery Institute promotes their “theory” of intelligent design. Not by doing credible research, and not by publishing in recognized science journals, but by … well, judge for yourself.
Klinghoffer wrote the latest at their creationist blog: Sean McDowell: As an Introduction to Intelligent Design, Heretic Is a Top Pick. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Sean McDowell at Biola University makes a great point about the new book by Leisola and Witt, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design.
Here’s some background before we proceed further. We posted about that book before, in Discoveroids: Stonehenge Is Designed, Therefore …. It was written by Matti Leisola, a biochemist at Aalto University in Helsinki, and Jonathan Witt, a Discoveroid “fellow,” and published by — drum-roll, trumpets — the Discovery Institute Press.
For those who don’t know, Biola University is the California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. We’ve previously posted about the interlocking relationships between the Discovery Institute and Biola. And as we reported earlier, for the celebration of their centennial year, Biola honored Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design.
As for Sean McDowell, his website tells us that he “is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.
Now you know what we’re dealing with — a bible college professor’s review of a Discoveroid book. Klinghoffer says:
[T]he book fills a space that had been vacant on the otherwise rich and well stocked shelf of works on intelligent design. [Hee hee!] It’s a scientist’s own story, and it’s kind of surprising to reflect that no scientist up till now had fully shared his own experience in rethinking Darwinism and embracing design.
Actually, the vacant space on that “well stocked shelf” is not very surprising. Most “scientists” who support the Discoveroids’ “theory” were creationists long before they got degrees in science, so they never made much of a journey. Klinghoffer continues:
In a review of the book, Dr. McDowell perceptively emphasizes this narrative element.
[Klinghoffer quotes the review:] Heretic would be an excellent book to give to someone who is new to discussions over Darwin and design. Along with being interesting, the narrative approach is also much “softer” to read. Rather than directly trying to persuade readers, Leisola simply shares his personal conclusions regarding origins. And yet it is impossible for the thoughtful reader to miss the force of many of his arguments, even if he or she ultimately disagrees with Leisola’s conclusions.
Great book! It’s all personal beliefs and no data. Next, Klinghoffer tells us:
Two other points seemed especially noteworthy to him [McDowell]:
Leisola shared two experiences in the book that particularly stood out to me as memorable. First, in his conversations with dozens of colleagues throughout the world, he has found that very few are well-acquainted with the basics of evolutionary theory. “Most,” he says, “just accept it on faith.” This is my experience with many religious believers, but it is interesting to hear that it may be true (according to Leisola) for many scientists too.
Second, he notes that the scientific literature is replete with claims that Neo-Darwinism is an established fact. Yet many scientists have privately relayed their doubts to him. The professional cost for doubting Darwin is simply too high, according to Leisola, and so many scientists simply stay quiet — even if they don’t buy the Darwinian story.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Most scientists just accept evolution on faith, and those who have doubts are afraid to admit it, so they live in the closet. Klinghoffer agrees, and says:
Yes, this confirms my own perception that there’s a lot less to the Darwinian “consensus” than at first meets the eye.
Right — the Darwinist consensus is a fragile house of cards, ready to collapse at any moment. Let’s read on:
The book is now one of Sean McDowell’s top picks for the reader new to arguments for ID.
We’re impressed! A bible college professor considers the book to be one of his top picks. Here’s one more excerpt from Klinghoffer’s last paragraph — and it’s a bit peculiar. He says:
It’s “a good, introductory text to help understand the current debate,” and “an excellent place to start.” True, the book’s intent isn’t to roll out any groundbreaking ID arguments.
No groundbreaking ID arguments? That’s not surprising. We already know their arguments. But they keep writing books, so that’s gotta mean something. Doesn’t it?
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