What would we do without the Discovery Institute? Their brilliant researchers are bringing us new knowledge on almost a daily basis — and it’s knowledge we desperately need. A good example just appeared at their creationist blog, titled Evolution, Design, and COVID-19.
It was written by one of their most respected scientists, Michael Behe. He’s not only a Discoveroid Senior Fellow, he’s also a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.
Now that you know what we’re dealing with, here are some excerpts from Behe’s new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I’ve been asked to comment on the coronavirus epidemic and evolution. Much of what I wrote six years ago during an outbreak of Ebola virus applies to the current predicament as well. [Footnote links to an earlier Discoveroid article.] The bottom line is that, while of course the virus is dangerous, the situation can be compared to a strong storm on the ocean.
A storm on the ocean? Behe explains:
The waves may be huge and the surface roiling, but the deeper waters continue as they always have, essentially undisturbed. In a similar way, although superficially it changes very rapidly, some researchers think that the coronavirus and many other virus types have remained basically the same for tens of millions of years.
What’s he saying — viruses don’t evolve? Then where was this coronavirus thing before now? We’re not told. Instead, in his next two paragraphs Behe describes viruses in general. There’s nothing said that applies to the problem we’re facing today, so we’ll skip that stuff. Then he says:
So, do I think viruses were designed? Yes, I most certainly do! [We’re not surprised!] The viruses of which we are aware — including the coronaviruses, Ebola, and HIV — are exquisitely, purposively [sic] arranged, which is the clear signature of intelligent design.
Ooooooooooooh! Viruses bear the “clear signature” of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! After that stunning revelation, Behe tells us:
Well, then does that mean the designer is evil and wants people to suffer? No, not necessarily.
No? How does Behe reach that conclusion? He explains:
I’m a biochemist, not a philosopher. Nonetheless, I see no reason why a designer even of such things as viruses should be classified as bad on that basis alone.
If Behe sees no reason, that should be good enough for you, dear reader. He continues:
I started this post with an analogy of a storm on the ocean. Certainly, if we were on a ship in a powerful storm, we might be excused for thinking storms are bad. But in calmer moments we understand that on balance the ocean is very good and that, given an ocean and the laws of nature, storms will arise from time to time. What’s more, we just might get caught in one.
Brilliant analogy! We can’t blame the designer for every little thing — or plague. Let’s read on:
In the same way, most viruses do not affect humans and may well have a positive, necessary role to play in nature of which we are currently unaware. (I would bet on it.)
Ooooooooooooh! Viruses are good for us — but we don’t yet recognize how wonderful they are. At the end of his post, Behe emphasizes that point:
From time to time a storm arises in the virosphere and affects humans. But that’s no reason to think either that viruses weren’t designed or that the designer of viruses isn’t good.
And so, dear reader, please remember to thank the designer — blessed be he! — for the wonderful gift of viruses.
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