Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Synopsis

Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of "intelligent design" creationism. They examine the movement's "Wedge Strategy, " which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research. Analyzing the content and character of "intelligent design theory, " they highlight its threat to public education and to the separation of church and state.

Excerpt

It used to be obvious that the world was designed by some sort of intelligence. What else could account for fire and rain and lightning and earthquakes? Above all, the wonderful abilities of living things seemed to point to a creator who had a special interest in life. Today we understand most of these things in terms of physical forces acting under impersonal laws. We don't yet know the most fundamental laws, and we can't work out the consequences of all the laws we know. The human mind remains extraordinarily difficult to understand, but so is the weather. We can't predict whether it will rain one month from today, but we do know the rules that govern the rain, even though we can't always calculate the consequences. I see nothing about the human mind any more than about the weather that stands out as beyond the hope of understanding as a consequence of impersonal laws acting over billions of years.

Steven Weinberg, 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics

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