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Melanie Philipps on creationism and ID

April 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Melanie Philipps nixes the idea that Intelligent Design can be equated with creationism, and the post has ricocheted across the Debate divide. The equation is no doubt unfair, but in the final analysis the suspicious extreme conservativism and undoubted Christian comittment of ID-ists limits its consideration. How ironic!
To me the problem is that ID advocay has ended up discrediting design thinking which, though not my perspective, has a weighty history. Whatever its status, it is NOT true that Darwin’s theory of natural selection has refuted design arguments. This claim, which has now snowballed into an monolithic paradigm dogma, and a new metaphysics, threatening to impose itself on everyone by a bunch of Dawkins fanatics, is bogus. That doesn’t mean design arguments are correct. In fact, such arguments are distant cousins of theistic proofs of the the existence of god, which have suffered a sad fate from figures such as Kant. Speaking of Kant, we should consider design arguments (and thence even natural selection arguments) as impinging beyond the limits of observation, leaving the scientific hopes of their current proponents stranded in metaphysical overreach.

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