Christians who have jumped on the Intelligent Design bandwagon need to step back, take a breath, and re-think strategy. The recent court case in Dover, Pa. should not be taken as a loss, but as an opportunity for a crucial course correction.
RICH LOWRY, GUEST CO-HOST: … Joining us now is the man who is widely credited with helping to develop the theory of intelligent design, the author of an important book called Darwin’s Black Box, Michael Behe. Michael, thanks so much for joining us tonight.
MICHAEL BEHE, AUTHOR, “DARWIN’S BLACK BOX”: Nice to be with you.
LOWRY: Let’s start right off the top with a basic question. Are you a creationist?
BEHE: No, never have been. I’m Roman Catholic. I learned about Darwin’s theory in parochial school. It was always fine with me. I just don’t think it explains what it purports to explain.
ALAN COLMES: But you admit it’s religion and that this is really an attempt to get religion taught in schools.
BEHE: No, I disagree. It’s not religion. It has religious implications, much like, say, the big bang theory has religious implications, but it’s a scientific theory. But that — nonetheless, I think that’s one reason that some — a lot of scientists oppose it.
COLMES: Who’s the designer?
BEHE: Well, as I’ve said since 1996 when I published Darwin’s Black Box, I’m a Catholic. I think a good candidate for the designer is God. But that is not straight — that’s not a conclusion that you come from, from the structure of the bacterial flagellum.
COLMES: What would be the other options if it’s not God?
BEHE: Well, you know, other things that would strike us as, you know, as pretty exotic, you know. Space aliens or time travelers or something strange.
When one of the most influential thinkers in the Intelligent Design movement openly suggests that “space aliens or time travelers” might be responsible for life on Earth, Christians should see a big red flag.
Here’s the deal:
- Government schools will never teach Creationism.
- When the flaws in evolutionary theory become too big even for die-hard Darwinists to defend, government schools will teach that “space aliens or time travelers” planted us here.
- The Bible will finally be admitted into public schools, but manifestations of angels–and Jesus Himself–will be interpreted as visits from “space aliens or time travelers”, according to the teachings of Sitchin and Von Daniken.
Bottom line: If we want our kids taught that God is the author and creator of all things, we going to have to do it ourselves.