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March 8, 2006

Rick Santorum on Intelligent Design (he flops back)

There's a new book on Intelligent Design (ID) that's just come out (or is coming out soon) and wouldn't you know it Our boy Rick's wrote the forward.

The AP has published the text.

See it here.

Better yet, here's the text:
This volume celebrates Phillip Johnson's leadership in the intelligent design (ID) movement. Scholars who have known Phil best and worked with him most closely assembled in April 2004 at Biola University to present him with a collection of papers in his honor. I wish I could have been there to offer my congratulations and thanks in person. Instead, I have the privilege of writing this brief foreword from Washington.

Since the publication of "Darwin on Trial" more than ten years ago, Phillip Johnson has provided extraordinary leadership for an extraordinary cause, namely, to rid science of false philosophy. The importance of the cause is clear: what could be more important than showing that only a shallow, partisan understanding of science supports the false philosophy of materialist reductionism with its thoroughly unscientific denial of formal and final causes in nature and its repudiation of the first cause of all being? As the decline of true science has been a major factor in the decline of Western culture, so too the renewal of science will play a big part in cultural renewal.

Johnson's extraordinary leadership also is clear: rather than fall into the trap of building a cult of personality around himself and his own considerable intellectual talents, he has instead helped raise up and promote a whole group of intellectual leaders in the cause of scientific renewal. This kind of selfless Christian leadership is a shining example to us all, young and old.

Speaking of the young, I personally wish to commend Phil for the great help he has given me in my efforts to inject a renewed and unbiased understanding of science and its practice into the curricula of our public schools. There is much more for us to do, but working with Phil's colleagues at Seattle's Discovery Institute, we have begun the difficult fight for removing the stranglehold of philosophical materialism on textbook science.

Phil, I congratulate and praise you for your tireless work to return science to a sure philosophical grounding in the nature of things as they really are. Please know that during your Biola celebration, I was with you and your colleagues in spirit. As much as I was delighted when I first heard about this celebration in your honor, I am again delighted now that the proceedings from that celebration have appeared in book form.
Here let me help out and list what Rick says about evolution:

Paragraph 2, sentence 1: It's a "false philosophy."

Paragraph 2, sentence 2: It's a false philosophy of "materialist reductionism with its thoroughly unscientific denial of formal and final causes in nature and its repudiation of the first cause of all being." Also, only a "shallow, partisan understanding of science" supports evolution.

Paragraph 2, sentence 3: ID is "true science" and it's decline is one of the reasons for the decline of Western Civilization. By renewing "true science" we'll see a cultural renewal.

Paragraph 3, sentence 1: The cause of ID is the cause of "scientific renewal."

Paragraph 4, sentence 1: ID is "renewed and unbiased understanding of science and its practice" and that he's been working to "inject" it into the curriculum.

Paragraph 4, sentence 2: Evolution is "philosophical materialism."

Paragraph 5, sentence 1: ID is science returned to a "sure philosophical grounding in the nature of things as they really are."

Rick Santorum thinks that evolution is a "false philosophy" that is "unscientific" due to its repudiation of "the first cause of all being" (i.e. God) and that only those with a "shallow" understanding of science support it.

Rick Santorum thinks that Intelligent Design is the "true science" of "sure philosophical grounding" that will usher in a new age of "cultural renewal" with its "unbiased understanding" of the nature of things.

But didn't Rick back away from the controversy over intelligent design?

And didn't we already point out Ricky's flip-flop?

Rick Santorum - Flips then flops then flips back on Intelligent Design.

2 comments:

zak822 said...

Oh yes, you guys have pointed out the flip-flop, but I'm not sure our state newspapers have done so.

Sen. Santorum is a member of Opus Dei. He can't walk away from ID, not even a "pretend" walk like we're seeing now.

Sherry P said...

seems he's just sorta "floppy"
i guess that makes him cranky and perhaps he should just ask god about his "floppy" problem! maybe then, he can go back to being a senator and quit angling for the pope's job.