by Denyse O'Leary
The world's best-known Darwinist happens to be a Brit, Richard Dawkins (though he owes his position as Oxford's Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, to American Microsoft billionaire Charles Simonyi).
Dawkins also happens, as we have seen, to be a vociferous atheist. So, when a group of British science types wanted to investigate intelligent design theory, they found themselves in an environment where atheism and science were rather hard to separate.
A November 19, 2006 article in the London Times, "Godless Dawkins Challenges Schools", screamed
RICHARD DAWKINS, the Oxford University professor and campaigning atheist, is planning to take his fight against God into the classroom by flooding schools with anti-religious literature.
Just what the beleaguered schools need. Caught between Islamic extremists, drug dealers, sclerotic administrators, antisocial unions, and irresponsible parents, they, um, need a whack of "anti-God" literature to mix into the swirl ...
The Guardian was quick to spread rumours that Brit ID folk were all young earth creationists (=the planet is only 6000 years old and was crated in 144 hours), making clear that either you believe in Darwinism (mud creates mind) or you believe that the planet is only 6000 years old.
That, of course, lets Darwinism off pretty easy ...
Meanwhile, the budding Brit ID group, Truth in Science, has come under serious fire simply for wanting to get the materialist crud out of science education, to enable a discussion of the questions around law, chance, and design. But that won't be easy.
So many elite atheists are so bound up with Darwinism as a creation story that it appears to be almost immune from rational criticism. The atheists' desperation is easier to understand if you look at the actual worldwide trend against their view.
Toronto-based Canadian journalist Denyse O'Leary (www.designorchance.com) is the author of the multiple award-winning By Design or by Chance? (Augsburg Fortress 2004), an overview of the intelligent design controversy. She was named CBA Canada's Recommended Author of the Year in 2005 and is co-author, with Montreal neuroscientist Mario Beauregard, of the forthcoming The Spiritual Brain (Harper 2007).
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