Look what we found at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. They’re bringing up another name from the past. You remember Jonathan Wells, don’t you? It’s been ten years since we blogged about him — see Jonathan Wells Explains Away the Evidence. As we said then, he’s a Moonie, who has devoted his life to destroying Darwinism.
Today’s Discoveroid post is titled New DiscoveryU Course: Jonathan Wells Takes an Objective Look at the Evidence for Evolution, and 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]:
The word “science,” as molecular and cell biologist Jonathan Wells notes, comes from the Latin scientia, or knowledge. There’s nothing about the idea that remotely suggests that knowledge about life, the universe, or their origins must be strictly materialist in nature. The notion that such knowledge must reject mind as a casual factor is a materialist presumption — not science.
Jeepers, he’s right! The definition of “science” doesn’t exclude Oogity Boogity! Okay then, anything goes! Klinghoffer says:
In a new course from DiscoveryU [Link omitted!], Dr. Wells asks what happens when we discard the ideology and ask candidly about biological origins without recourse to presumptions. This is what’s called empirical science, and it is open to natural explanations of phenomena, or explanations that include intelligent design. It all depends on the evidence!
Isn’t this thrilling? After that, Klinghoffer tells us:
“Darwin,” says Jonathan Wells, “redefined science to exclude design,” but we needn’t accept that redefinition.
Yeah, Darwin was a poop-head! Klinghoffer continues:
In 40 lectures, including quizzes, Dr. Wells leads students through the evidence [Link omitted!] that supports, or fails to support, chemical evolution at the origin of life, natural selection as a creative force in nature, Darwin’s tree of life, and more.
Thrilling, isn’t it? Let’s read on:
At the DiscoveryU page [Link omitted!], you can watch free previews of Lecture 1 and Lecture 2. It’s a fine resource for homeschool students, and public school and university students looking for a supplement to their biology coursework, and for anyone else curious to know what an objective consideration reveals about life, how it arose and attained the complexity we see today.
Yes, dear reader, Discoveroid material is a great supplement to your biology studies. And now we come to the end:
There couldn’t be a more qualified instructor to cover this material. [Hee hee!] Dr. Wells holds two PhDs, from UC Berkeley in molecular and cell biology, and from Yale in religious studies. He is a Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture [Wow!] and the author of Icons of Evolutions [sic], The Design of Life, The Myth of Junk DNA, and other books.
Okay, dear reader. Now there’s no excuse for you to be a hell-bound Darwinist.