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Here's my response.

This is what I had planned on responding to in anh_irrsinn's blog (This particular post). It's here because I thought it would be rude to slam a comment this big on her comment line, and I don't think it's proper to use another's page for my own crusade.

I like to think I put the fun in christian fundamentalist dogma. But these things are stupid. The Bible dictates hardly any of the stuff of 'intelligent design' as set by the press. Essentially it comes down to this:
- God created everything through a progression of processes.
- Life was created in groups - by kind. Like vegetation came first, then sea creatures and flying creatures, and so on. That sorta thing. Really - it's right there.

That last one is the thing most get hung up on - but there is no mention of the process. I don't think it worked as dictated by macroevolution - but discoveries are rewriting our outlook on biology all the time. Darwinian evolution is inadequate in explaining some important stuff, but these failings are what drives research forward. It's for the same reasons physics research is driven forward - a lot of it's good science, but still incomplete, and occasionally it's a leap (read as String Theory). (I fancy to think Darwin is the Ptolemy of evolution - a Copernicus will come and cause a radical revisitation.)

Science is testable. Somewhere along the way, someone thought creationism was scientific.

Well it isn't. It's untestable. Simple as that - so teaching creationism in biology is like teaching Shuichuan philosophy in thermodynamics. I mean sure, it's good to know what's out there - but theology's there to explain the unknowable, not argue the known. If what is known disagrees with an assumption, it's time to re-evaluate the assumption. All lot of the fundies out there have no idea what the basis for their beliefs are - and their ignorance is hurting Christianity, laying siege to the Church of Reason. (Again, I'm not really an evolutionist - I find it interesting but lacking - but fundies need to know how to argue; ie. there was no reason to argue the earth was flat, square, or center of the universe - the Bible pretty clearly does not imply either. And NO, Gideon doesn't count.)

The fact that companies must be worried that supporting a commemoration of a highly influential thinker show the distressing ineptitude of the average consumer. I think it really would hurt their sales.

All over a guy who studied and devised a theory for something the church wasn't equipped to explain, just so his faith would have a firmer foundation.

I hope my curt manner does not offend the sensibilities of anyone reading this. Really.