Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Intelligent Design and the Public Square

This forward to the book Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing is a fascinating look into the mind of an intellectual leader of the ID movement who seems pretty put out with the myopic tyranny of Darwinism. I highly recommend this article to anyone who follows the ID movement on any level. I have not read the book, but I have read several of the contributors to great profit.

It has caused me to reflect about the place of Christian (or religious) views in the public square. The ID movement has argued that the public square is large enough for all views to be debated on their merits. This view seems to me to be almost overly reasonable-so reasonable, in fact, that it seems to be summarily dismissed by the current gatekeepers of the culture. Philip Johnson and others in the ID movement have made the comment that evolutionary theory/Darwinism has the money and the media on their side while the ID movement has the science. A pretty bold claim! But it is one that they are willing to present to the bar of reason. That is one of the things I like so much about the ID movement.

2 comments:

Nils said...

Great blogspot Phil. Thanks for your fascinating insights. I had a very interesting debate with an atheist early this year about the whole ID thing. I was coming from the point of view that the beginning of the universe needed to have a creator. He was saying that the beginning of the universe didn't need to have a creator. I won't go into all the arguments here but I thought we both came up with some pretty good points. He certainly challenged my faith (and confirmed it in the end). One mistake I made was quoting people like Josh McDowell. I think Josh is great but he is a bit smug, as well as conservative for my liking. In these postmodern days you might be able to convince someone that Jesus rose from the dead but they will still say "so what?". I think we need to convince people why things like that are important and how they can make a difference in people's lives.

Thanks again mate, from an interested Aussie.

Nils

Phil Steiger said...

Nils-

Thanks for the comment! I couldn't agree with you more about the need to lift up Christ in all our apologetic work. I believe that apologetics can begin to break down walls in people's minds and hearts, but it is only the forgiveness and grace of God that can transform people.