We were getting worried that the Discoveroids might abandon their tradition of posting about their Top Ten “achievements” for the year now ending. But our worries are over because today their hilarious series begins. As is usual in such a series, they’re working their way up from the bottom, and they’ll probably reach their Number One creationist news story on New Year’s day.
Are you ready, dear reader? Then let’s get started. Herewith begins the list of thunderous accomplishments that have thrilled the Discoveroids and their generous patrons this year. They just posted #10 of Our Top Stories of 2018: How Meyer Turned Prager Around on Evolution. It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this],
It begins with an editor’s note:
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Then Klinghoffer says:
The following article was originally published here on October 19, 2018.
He doesn’t link to that article — which he repeats in its entirety — so we had to scramble around to see if we blogged about it when it first appeared. We didn’t, but we mentioned it a week later in Discoveroids: The Logic of Supernaturalism. That was about a different post by Klinghoffer where our first excerpt was this:
I was thinking about the challenge related by Dennis Prager to Steve Meyer. (See “Dennis Prager on Evolution: Stephen Meyer Turned Me Around.”) [A Discoveroid post we ignored.] Mr. Prager cites an atheist friend who denies that it’s valid for science to infer an intelligent designer. Why? Because “science can only talk about that which is material.”
The event we didn’t bother posting about involved an exchange between Stephen Meyer, a Discoveroid senior fellow and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture, and Dennis Prager, who — according to Wikipedia — is the host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. They say: “Although Jewish, his views generally align with the Christian right.” Prager has previously participated in at least one Discoveroid event — see Discoveroids’ Calvary Church Revival Meeting.
So the first of the major achievements of the Discoveroids for 2018 — according to Klinghoffer’s repeated post — was this:
What impressed Dennis was not theological objections [to evolution]. It was the fact that the field of evolution is in turmoil, a reality that the media largely conceal from the public, as Meyer has made clear in his books. “This is what you opened my mind to,” Prager said. “Scientists are having trouble with evolution!”
Prager recounts a challenge from an atheist friend: “You want to believe in God, go right ahead, that’s fine. But you can’t use science to argue for God because science can only talk about that which is material.” Yes, that’s an objection you hear all the time. Well, the agent behind the design in nature may be God, or it may not, as far as the theory of ID can tell us. But the agent is certainly a mind. So are we saying that science can’t detect minds?
In other words, Prager went into a swoon about “design in nature.” That’s it. There was no discovery, no experiment, no paper published in a recognized science journal, no science at all — just a radio talk show host who was already friendly to the Discoveroids who has now become even friendlier. Quite an achievement!
If that deserves a place on the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list, you can imagine how exciting the next nine items will be. What further wonders await us? Stay tuned to this blog!
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