SEATTLE, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Southeastern Louisiana University
philosophy professor Barbara Forrest testified in the Kitzmiller v. Dover
trial that it is her opinion that intelligent design and creationism are
essentially one in the same.
"I hope that the media will critically analyze Forrest's testimony and get
our response to her allegations," said John West. "I would warn them to take
what she says not with just a grain of salt, but with a shaker-full."
"The ACLU's entire case is built on misrepresenting what intelligent
design is, and mischaracterizing it as creationism so we're not surprised they
called Forrest as a witness," West added.
According to West, creationism is focused on defending a literal reading
of the Genesis account, usually including the creation of the earth by the
Biblical God a few thousand years ago. Unlike creationism, the scientific
theory of intelligent design is agnostic regarding the source of design and
has no commitment to defending Genesis, the Bible or any other sacred text.
Instead, intelligent design theory attempts to empirically detect whether the
apparent design in nature observed by biologists is genuine design (the
product of an organizing intelligence) or is simply the product of chance and
mechanical natural laws.
"The effort to detect design in nature is being adopted by a growing
number of biologists, biochemists, physicists, mathematicians, and
philosophers of science at colleges and universities around the world," said
West. "Scientists engaged in design research include biochemist Michael Behe
of Lehigh University and microbiologist Scott Minnich at the University of
Idaho, both of whom will testify for the defense, and astronomer Guillermo
Gonzalez at Iowa State University."
SOURCE Discovery Institute