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ACLU won't put Darwin on trial.

Dave Dentel, copy editor of the York Daily Record in Pennsylvania had an insightful, and pleasantly objective, op-ed over the holiday weekend. Dentel makes the point that the ACLU, aided by Darwin-only supporters within the ranks of mainstream scientists, is unlikely to acknowledge any of Darwinian evolutionary theory's shortcomings. Indeed he points out that the very things they mistakenly claim of intelligent design theory, namely that it isn't testable, Darwinian evolution itself is truly guilty.

Other glaring flaws in Darwinism follow a similar strain. Its adherents can't produce all the facts they need to bolster their case, so they trot out absurd assertions that they trust can't really be disproved. So in the end Darwinism draws its strength not from rigid scientific truth, but by offering a rather vague philosophical catch-all. This may seem a rather blatant accusation, but it is echoed even by Darwinists themselves.

Dentel finally comes to the conclusion--as Phillip Johnson did over a decade ago--that science is the modern world's newest priesthood.
The science of life, it seems, can't be taught without making some references to design and purpose . . . or the lack thereof. And if it's one particular philosophy that earns teachers their paychecks and gets scientists grant renewal, then there really isn't much incentive to explore the others--no matter how much religious dissenters might complain. Scientific materialism wins.

Photo credit: George Gilliland.