Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Intelligent Design Marches On

Quite a bit has been going on in the intelligent design movement lately and with the month of march, the movement keeps rolling forward.

First, with the current bill in Wisconsin that would ban all discussions on intelligent design in public schools, Dr. William A. Dembski offered this challenge:

I’m offering $1000 to the first teacher in Wisconsin who (1) challenges this policy (should it be enacted) by teaching ID as science within a Wisconsin public school science curriculum (social science does not count), (2) gets him/herself fired, reprimanded, or otherwise punished in some actionable way, (3) obtains legal representation from a public interest law firm (e.g., Alliance Defense Fund), and (4) takes this to trial. I encourage others to contribute in the same way. Thank you Wisconsin.

Then, the growing list of scientists that have voiced skepticism concerning evolution has grown to over 500 individuals. Thank you to these 500 courageous scientists.

Shortly thereafter, the first copy of the newest book on intelligent design, Darwin’s Nemesis: Phillip Johnson and the Intelligent Design Movement, was printed. The book is edited by Dr. William A. Dembski, has contributions written by Dr. Michael J. Behe, Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, Dr. Walter Bradley, Dr. J. Budziszewski, Dr. Jonathan Wells, even evolutionist Dr. Michael Ruse, and many others, and the forward is written by Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa). The book comes out officially in April 2006 and is worth buying, reading, and passing on.

Now, the calendar for March Madness looks as follows:

March 8- Dr. William A. Dembski interviews with Audiomartini

March 9- Dr. Paul Nelson debates against Dr. Sahorta Sarkar at the University of Texas at Austin.

March 14- Dr. Paul Nelson debates against Dr. Michael Ruse at Jacksonville University in Florida

March 17, 18- Dr. William A. Dembski lectures at UC-Berkeley in California

March 12-15- “ID Week” with Dr. John Angus Campbell at James Madison University, a debate tournament with the nation’s top debate teams (of course, Baylor University's team, of which I am a member, is not going to be present) on intelligent design.

March 28- Dr. William A. Dembski lectures at The College of New Jersey

March 31- Dr. Francis J. Beckwith debates at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in Virginia

Hopefully the month of March is a mere foreshadowing of things to come with the intelligent design movement.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Discovery Institute spokesman Robert Crowther
is quoted in USA Today (3/26) as saying "...we have a robust
scientific research program that the media doesn't seem to want to
write much about." What does this "research program" consists of?
Why is there no evidence of such a program on the Discovery
Institute web site? Is it because ID is vaporware?