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Father of ID admits it's really all about saving souls:

Call Them The Evangelical Alpha Males
The Discovery Institute, April 17, 2002

That's why a provocative thinker named PHILLIP E. JOHJSON -- patriarch of the "INTELLIGENT DESIGN" movement -- has taken a different path. It's not that he is terribly modest. But Johnson wants to win and he is convinced that aiming the spotlight at others is good strategy. He wants his cause to thrive after he is gone.

"One of things that the CHRISTIAN WORLD is notorious for is a celebrity style of dealing with issues," Johnson said, speaking at a conference at Palm Beach Atlantic College (which is also where I teach). "That puts a big burden on one person. I never wanted a movement like that."

..The movement Johnson calls "THE WEDGE" argues that today's debates over science, creation and morality are, literally, clashes between people who believe there is scientific evidence that God created man and those who believe there is scientific evidence that man created God.

This debate will not be settled overnight, which is why Johnson is convinced he must not fight alone. He believes the stakes are high and getting higher.

"If there is no Creator who has a purpose for your life, then there is no such thing as SIN," he said. "Sin would mean that you are in a wrong relationship to your Creator. Well, you can't be in the wrong relationship with the particles. They don't care. So you don't need a SAVIOR, to save you from the consequences of your wrong relationship with the particles. ...

"When you give away creation, you have given away everything."

http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&program=CSCStories&id=1245

Rich

I share Phillip Johnson's goals. I am also concerned about the souls of young scientists. My question to him is if someone is lied to concerning science do you really believe they'll trust their soul to such a person? This is not a theoretical concern. There are real crises of faith on our campuses caused in part by this wedge approach. That's why it is important for Christians to be involved with this. ID is not only destructive to science, but also destructive to Christianity.

Jeremy Mohn

Rich-

I'm a biology teacher in Kansas and I really like your proposal. I already cover points 1 and 2 in my classes. Point 3 is a little tougher, though. I do think it is important to talk about the existence of a social/political controversy, but I tend to avoid discussing specific Intelligent Design claims, mostly because doing so in a public school classroom is likely to raise concern among parents, administration, etc. I'm not really interested in rocking the boat any more than I already do.

But who knows? Depending on what the KSBoE decides to do with our Science standards, I may have a good reason to bring up Behe's concerns and how they have been addressed by the scientific community. Next year will be an interesting school year, to say the least.

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