Like a bunch of Holy Moly monks from the Dark Ages, the gang at the Discovery Institute continues to use theology as the foundation of their “scientific” argument for intelligent design. A good example is the latest post at their creationist blog, titled Biologist Michael Behe Tangles with Two Philosophers. It’s very brief and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] feature Darwin Devolves [Amazon link] author and Lehigh University biologist Michael Behe speaking about the logic and evidence of intelligent design with two philosophers, Pat Flynn and Jim Madden.
You know who Michael Behe is. He’s a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. He has tenure, so he’s never been Expelled. 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”. Also, as most of you know, he was the Discoveroids’ star witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. We wrote about his catastrophic appearance there in Michael Behe’s Testimony.
Regarding Behe’s staring role in their latest podcast, the Discoveroids say:
In a friendly, stimulating exchange, Flynn and Madden press Behe with objections — some philosophic, others scientific — to see how well his position stands up to scrutiny from experts who have engaged the subject.
Ooooooooooooh! This is exciting! Can Behe stand up to such scrutiny? The Discoveroids tell us:
Here in Part 1 of a three-part series [Ooooooooooooh! There are two more parts coming!], Behe counters the charge that ID is an argument from ignorance, and then the three men compare the contemporary design argument to philosopher Thomas Aquinas’s Fifth Way.
Wikipedia has an article on Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) and his five arguments for God: Five Ways (Aquinas). Here’s how they introduce their description of his Fifth Way — the Argument from Final Cause or Ends:
We see various intelligent objects in the world behaving in regular ways. This cannot be due to chance since then they would not behave with predictable results. So their behavior must be set. But it cannot be set by themselves since they are non-intelligent and have no notion of how to set behavior. Therefore, their behavior must be set by something else, and by implication something that must be intelligent. This everyone understands to be God.
Ooooooooooooh! Overwhelming, isn’t it? No wonder the Discoveroids regard Behe as their greatest intellect.
The rest of their post is a plug for Behe’s latest book and then a link to the podcast they’ve been praising, so we’ll quit here. But we want to hear from you, dear reader. Did you find Behe’s argument persuasive? If not, why not?
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