The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

It's like "Choose-your-own-Adventure"!

I can't really tell what this guy is saying, but you deserve to hear my side and his side and to think using your brain.

Some fun excerpts though:

"...'intelligent design' -- today's tarted-up version of creationism..." Eww, "tarted-up," that sounds bad.

"Pat Robertson then called the wrath of God down upon the good people of Dover..."
(Note: Pat Robertson does not represent me! I'm sick of having people believe such a thing. He is an easy target for nay-sayers of Christian ideology. He uses his mouth to speak about things his brain knows little about. Stop using him as an ad hominem attack on Christians.)

"Intelligent design may be interesting as theology..." It is more accurately a philosophical presupposition, just like Naturalism.

I like how this author is sure to enclose the word "theory" each time he refers to ID. That's a nice emphasis.

"Kansas had to corrupt the very definition of science, dropping the phrase 'natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us,'..."
Yes, it's tragic that they're trying to disconnect science from its naturalism presupposition. Just tragic.

While Mr. Washington Post would like to keep you ignorant about the facts surrounding the Kansas State Board's decision, I believe you deserve the whole truth. This blogger, with whom I disagree on other things, writes,

One change they made was the definition of science itself. Their old definition was

Science is the human activity of seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us.

This they changed to

Science is a systematic method of continuing investigation that uses observation, hypothesis testing, measurement, experimentation, logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena.

Some critics object [like Mr. Washington Post] that the only reason for removing the phrase "natural explanations" is to allow the introduction of "supernatural explanations." Nonsense. The new definition improves on the old one by listing the elementary processes of the scientific method. These processes, consistently used, do not admit the supernatural. [nor do they admit Naturalistic presuppositions.]

In fact, most if not all of the changes in the Kansas science teaching standards have to do with evolution. Two of the stated aims of the changes are to:

Exclude intelligent design from the standards, without prohibiting it.

Make it clear that evolution is a theory and not a fact.

Kansas State Board's decision still sounds quite favorable toward Evolutionary "theory." (Did you like my use of quote marks?) They don't require ID to be taught, nor do they prohibit it. They allow the fact that Evolutionary "theory" (All's fair in love and war.) is disputed to be recognized. Why shouldn't school kids get to know that fact? It's like making kids go to their room and listen to their parents muffled yells through the walls while they're "not fighting."

They're fighting!