Excavating the Intellectual Roots of Intelligent Design
There's a pair of matching, bookended myths about intelligent design -- one pertaining to its origin, the other to its purported demise. Darwinists claim ID goes back about as far as Michael Behe's 1996 book Darwin's Black Box and that a judge in Pennsylvania finally ruled it out as science in 2005. Therefore a lifespan of just under ten years. Even most dogs live longer than that.
We've pointed out before that judges -- even federal ones appointed by President G.W. Bush -- don't get to decide, for all time, huge questions of science like whether nature reflects purpose. Science historian Michael Flannery addresses the corresponding myth of ID's recent origins. Others have pointed to Plato and Aristotle as design proponents, but Professor Flannery traces it back to a Pre-Socratic, Anaxagoras.
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Excavating ID's intellectual roots is a bit of a theme here this week, as Michael Denton similarly recovers the structuralism of Richard Owen, isn't it?
Image: Anaxagoras, Nuremberg Chronicle, via Wikicommons.