We have big news today, dear reader — news that is certain to shake the scientific world to it’s roots. At the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog there’s a new post by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
The title is Stephen Meyer’s Next Frontier: The Return of the God Hypothesis. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Steve Meyer is well known as a leading proponent of intelligent design, the scientific alternative to theories of unguided biological evolution.
We all know about Stephen Meyer. His Discoveroid job description has changed over the years, but as their bio page indicates, he’s one of their senior fellows and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s their creationism shop. It should not be forgotten that Meyer was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. According to the Discoveroids’ 2016 Tax Return, Meyer’s salary was $250K.
Okay, now that you’re oriented, let’s get to it. Klinghoffer says:
It’s a new episode of Great Minds with Michael Medved, as our friend Mr. Medved chats with the Cambridge University-trained philosopher of science about the new frontier in the origins debate. The video and audio versions of the show are up now at the Great Minds website.
We’ve omitted the link to that video because we don’t want to pollute our blog. Klinghoffer tells us:
Biology reveals evidence of design [Really?], Dr. Meyer explains, but it can’t take us very far in identifying the source of that design. Proponents of intelligent design, including Meyer in his books Signature in the Cell and the New York Times bestseller Darwin’s Doubt [links omitted], have been clear about that.
Yes, the Intelligent Designer — blessed be he! — could be Yahweh, or Zeus, or maybe it’s the Cosmic Aardvark. Klinghoffer continues:
For an idea about who or what the designer might be, you need to turn to other scientific fields — physics and cosmology — that consider the ultra-finely tuned laws [Hee hee!] that permit a livable planet in the first place. The awesome design extends from the origin of the universe, down to the tiniest particles. [Hee hee!] Actually, to call it “awesome” is a gross understatement.
Meyer here sketches the persuasive evidence for theism. [Persuasive!] A 20-minute conversation permits only a sketch. And of course this is still well short of identifying the designer with any particular religion’s concept of a divine being, whether Christianity, Judaism, or any other. Still, Meyer is ready to advance the discussion of why life exists to a whole new level.
Wowie — a whole new level! This is our last excerpt:
Meyer directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. The Return of the God Hypothesis is only a working title, and the book is still in progress. But those of us who have followed our colleague Steve Meyer’s writing and research know this will be an explosive work. This is your first opportunity to preview the direction it will take.
It’s amazing that they’re even thinking of calling this thing “The Return” of the god hypothesis. The Discoveroids’ founding manifesto, drafted in 1998 — see What is the “Wedge Document”? — boldly declares their purpose:
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.
The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. … [The theory of intelligent design (ID)] promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
So there you are. Despite their constant denials over the 20 years of their existence, the Discoveroids may be finally emerging from the closet to admit that they’ve been creationists all along.
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