Saturday, March 30, 2013

Intelligent Design and dogma

As I have encountered numerous books and articles attacking Intelligent Design, one thing that often stands out is that some scientists seem genuinely offended that their cherished scientific theories should be attacked.  They often respond with all the passion and even anger that so often accompanies the defense of dogma.

In an entirely different context, Paul N. Anderson discusses critical scholars in biblical studies who are offended when their critical theories are challenged. Anderson writes, “If critical scholars are threatened by critical theories being examined critically, one wonders if the theories or the scholars deserve the appellation, ‘critical’” (Anderson, Paul N. The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus. New York : T&T Clark, 3).

It occurs to me that merely be changing a few words, Anderson’s statement could just as easily (and accurately) be applied to the scientists who attack Intelligent Design: “If scientists are threatened by scientific theories being examined scientifically, one wonders if the theories or the scholars deserve the appellation, ‘scientific or scientist.”


Rev. Brian O'keefe said...

If 'Intelligent Design' proponents utilized actual science to challenge scientific theories then we wouldn't have an issue but a hypothesis...

Dennis said...

"If intelligent Design proponents utilized actual science..." ???

Perhaps you are confusing Intelligent Design with Creationism. It is a common mistake. Creationists often argue from the Bible, or mix Bible with science, but I've read numerous Intelligent Design books and have yet to find a single one that argues from the Bible.

If you've never read a book advocating Intelligent Design, I would suggest starting with "Signature in the Cell" by Dr. Stephen Meyer.

You might also be interested in "The Hidden Face of God; How Science reveals Ultimate Truth" by Dr. Gerald Schroeder.

While this is not really an Intelligent Design book, as I understand it, Dr. Schroeder is the one who convinced the world renowned atheist philosopher, Anthony Flew, to renounce his atheism, concluding that atheism is not scientifically possible.