Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Best Defense is a Good, Um, Er... Belief?

Update: The CNN article seems to be deleted. Fortunately, the Internet Archive had a copy.

The Intelligent Design circus has recently made headlines in California. With "ID as science" proponents having their buttocks kicked in a variety of locations, it seems the strategy has changed. ID is now being proposed as a "philosophy" with social studies teacher Sharon Lumberg attempting to offer a "Philosophy of Design" course to her students.

Personally, I have no problem with a discussion of "intelligence". Such discussion would blend well with philosophical discourse. "What is intelligence?" is a tremendous question. But when it's framed as the intelligence of "That - out there" - not simply intelligence itself - folks, we have strayed far from science or philosophy.

The most telling part of this article is when CNN states that Sharon Lumberg "defended" her course with the following argument...
"I believe this is the class that the Lord wanted me to teach"

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Anonymous Carrie W. said...

Man, Sharon Lumberg stole my quote. I thought that I was the one that was supposed to teach this course.


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