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Friday, December 31, 2010

Retrospective: No, you needn’t to think there is design in the universe to get mugged by Darwinists - recall this ...

People who have seen the Expelled movie might go away thinking that only those who doubt Darwinism are persecuted. Then they most likely haven’t heard of Michael Reiss, the sinner in the hands of an angry god, the god being Darwinism.

He’d suggested teaching about creationism and intelligent design in school for the express purpose of stamping out any such idea, but was driven from his position by more pragmatic Darwinists than he is - much as Trotsky was killed by Lenin.

Anyway, here is his attempt to placate the angry god:
Evolution. 2009 Jul;63(7):1934-41. Epub 2009 Apr 13.

The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion.
Reiss MJ.

Institute of Education, University of London, London WC1H 0AL, UK. m.reiss@ioe.ac.uk

Abstract

Belief in creationism and intelligent design is widespread and gaining significance in a number of countries. This article examines the characteristics of science and of religions and the possible relationship between science and religion. I argue that creationism is sometimes best seen not as a misconception but as a worldview. In such instances, the most to which a science educator (whether in school, college or university) can normally aspire is to ensure that students with creationist beliefs understand the scientific position. In the short term, the scientific worldview is unlikely to supplant a creationist one for students who are firm creationists. We can help students to find their evolutionary biology courses interesting and intellectually challenging without their being threatening. Effective teaching in this area can help students not only learn about the theory of evolution but better appreciate the way science is done, the procedures by which scientific knowledge accumulates, the limitations of science, and the ways in which scientific knowledge differs from other forms of knowledge.
And here is David Tyler’s response.

Now that many people, not just ID folk, are beginning to actually question Darwinism openly and getting away with it so far, maybe the thugs will be occupied elsewhere and poor of Rev. Reiss can go back and preach the Darwin loves you gospel to kids in peace. I hope so because it is flamin’ awful what happened to him.

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