It’s rare when the Discovery Institute has two articles on the same day we can blog about, but that’s what’s happening today. Klinghoffer just wrote this for their creationist blog: George Weigel, Biographer of John Paul II, Takes Note of David Gelernter’s Darwin Apostasy.
Observe that the Discoveroids have no experiments, no observations, no evidence at all to support their “theory” of intelligent design. Instead, their big news is that computer scientist David Gelernter has emerged from the closet to announce that he’s a creationist, a trivial matter we mentioned before in The Discoveroids Say They’re Winning, and — this is today’s news — the Pope’s biographer has taken note of this. Wowie! What more could a creationist outfit want? Anyway, here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Some very interesting people were jarred by David Gelernter’s apostasy from Darwinism. The Yale computer scientist described in The Claremont Review of Books [mentioned in our earlier post] how his thoughts on evolution have evolved, influenced by Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer and David Berlinski. Now the distinguished Catholic intellectual and writer George Weigel, official English-language biographer of Pope John Paul II, weighs in on Gelernter.
Ooooooooooooh! A distinguished intellectual and writer is weighing in. Klinghoffer says:
Weigel was not previously known as a Darwin skeptic or as sympathetic to intelligent design. At First Things, he takes note of Gelernter’s essay as “a potential tool in the New Evangelization. From “Getting Beyond Darwin“:
[Klinghoffer quotes from the article:] Bishop Robert Barron and others working hard to evangelize the “Nones” — young adults without religious conviction — tell us that a major obstacle to a None embracing Christianity is the cultural assumption that Science Explains Everything. And if science explains it all, who needs God, revelation, Christ, or the Church? To be even more specific: If Darwin and the Darwinian theory of evolution explain the origins of us (and everything else), why bother with Genesis 1–3 and Colossians 1:15–20 (much less Augustine’s “Thou hast made us for Thee and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”)?
Yeah, that guy Darwin has inspired all those “Nones.” He’s gotta be stopped! Klinghoffer gives us one more quote from Weigel’s article:
Gelernter is intrigued by “intelligent design” approaches to these evolutionary conundra but also suggests that, “as a theory,” intelligent design “would seem to have a long way to go.” But to dismiss intelligent design out of hand — to brand it piety masquerading as science — is, well, unscientific. [Huh?] The fossil record and molecular biology now suggest that Darwinian answers to the Big Questions constitute the real fundamentalism: a materialistic fideism that, however shaky in dealing with the facts, is nonetheless deeply entrenched in 21st-century imaginations. Thus, Gelernter asks whether today’s scientists will display Darwin’s own courage in risking cultural disdain by upsetting intellectual apple carts.
Impressive, huh? Then Klinghoffer tells us:
Gelernter’s confession, of having turned away from Darwinism, is (yet another) piece of evidence [Evidence!] Darwinists can’t satisfactorily explain. Such a thing shouldn’t happen. For a major intellectual like this to publicly reject evolutionary theory naturally catches the attention of other major intellectuals and of thoughtful people in general. For every George Weigel who follows up with a public admission of his own, confirming that the situation with Darwinism is more doubtful than previously thought, there are, you can be confident, many others who were shaken by Gelernter’s essay but who haven’t succeeded in squashing their anxiety about saying so.
There’s a bit more to Klinghoffer’s post, but we’ve seen enough. The Discoveroids have won, and Darwinism is doomed! We’ll have to think of some other subject to blog about. Suggestions are welcome.
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