The usual suspects of Intelligent Design creationism came out with a book a while ago honoring the patriarch of the movement, that sneaky rascal Phillip Johnson. They had to shop around for someone to puke up some happy blurbs about the book; Duke Cunningham demanded too much money, Charles Manson had some standards, and Roy Cohn was both gay and dead, so they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel of sleazy criminals and came up with Chuck Colson. I have no idea how much he was paid, but they didn’t get their money’s worth.
This feisty Berkeley law professor became the unlikely spearhead of the intelligent design movement with the publication of his book Darwin on Trial, in which, from the perspective of a skilled lawyer, he examined and cross-examined Darwinism and found gaping holes.
From the perspective of a skilled lawyer, holes were found in the OJ Simpson case, too. If only Johnson knew something about, oh, I don’t know, biology…??!?
As geophysicist Stephen Meyer puts it, the best Darwinists can put forth is “a panoply of euphemism and wishful thinking masquerading as evidence.”
That’s some promotion. Meyer worked for an oil company with an undergraduate degree in physics and geology; his advanced degrees are in, as we’ve come to expect from those fine minds at the DI, philosophy. I once bussed tables in a hospital cafeteria, so you must henceforth refer to me as a brain surgeon.
I suspect there has to be a Ph.D. in Irony in Meyer’s background somewhere, too, in order for an Intelligent Design creationist to be able to accuse evolutionary biology of lacking evidence with a straight face.
Just the list of authors who have contributed to Darwin’s Nemesis shows the effectiveness of Phil’s approach. It’s full of essays by distinguished scientists and philosophers who support the intelligent design movement.
The list of authors includes Stephen Meyer, Michael Behe, Jay Wesley Richards, Thomas Woodward, Francis Beckwith, Timothy Standish, David Berlinski, Michael Ruse, David Keller, Jonathan Wells, Scott Minnich, Nancy Pearcey, Jay Budziszewski, Marcus Ross, Paul Nelson, Henry Schaefer III, Wesley Allen, and Walter Bradley, edited by William Dembski, with a forward by Rick Santorum. The usual culture warriors of the Right with a few weirdos thrown in. It’s a bit shy on the “scientists” part, and “distinguished” is a stretch, unless he means distinguished by an exceptional degree of lunacy.
Praise from an ex-con and ethically deficient lawyer like Colson fits in perfectly with that rogue’s gallery. Say…how much science do you think Colson understands?
There’s no doubt that Phil’s willingness to encourage the work of scientists and help create a network for them has allowed the movement to flourish.
See above. Scientists are practically nonexistent in his ‘network’.
This book really shows just how far the intelligent design (ID) movement has progressed in a relatively short time, despite the best efforts of many Darwinists to shoot it down–because, as is becoming clearer and clearer, ID has the evidence on its side.
Heh. It certainly shows that: ID has made no progress, has encouraged no new research, has inspired no new investigators…it has no evidence, and has bestowed upon us a legacy of increasingly frantic press releases and failed legal maneuverings.
he has shown how one informed and dedicated individual can literally shape the course of history—just one more lesson from Phil Johnson’s work from which we all can benefit, and one more reason why he’s one of my personal heroes.
Wow. A crackpot lawyer with a cynical scheme to circumvent the separation of church and state is shaping the “course of history”? I guess that level of hyperbole is appropriate for a movement that also hosts the Isaac Newton of Information Theory and another clown who considers himself a 21st century Galileo.
Please, oh please, I never want to be a personal hero to a scoundrel like Colson.