Wednesday, May 05, 2004

A lesson in "so what?"...

Over at the Panda's Thumb we see a post that takes Bill Dembski, whom P. Z. Myers suspects is a "crappy theologian," to task for his alleged association with the ministry of one Jaerock Lee and his Manmin Research Center. Jaerock is portrayed as a lunatic faith-healing televangelist who has somehow duped Dembski into supporting him. At Pharyngula, P. Z. states, "Dembski believes Lee Jae-Rock is pulling miracles out of his hat? Are we supposed to trust Dembski when he pontificates on science after this?" What does any of this have to do with whether Intelligent Design is valid or not? I'll tell you what - nothing. Even if it were true that Jaerock was a fraud, and that non-scientist Dembski was duped into supporting him - that would have no bearing whatsoever on whether or not the Intelligent Design scenario has merit. The Panda's Thumb, as of late, has turned into a repository for asinine attacks on the Intelligent Design movement and religion (Christianity, to be specific). Hopefully a sense of stability will soon return to its pages.

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