Re: [NEWS] Press Release: Dembski attacks Pennock and MIT Press

From: Steve Bishop (
Date: Wed Jan 09 2002 - 10:51:49 EST

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    >From: "Howard J. Van Till" <>
    ,snip> Here is an excerpt from his [Dembski] book,
    >Intelligent Design (IVP, 1999):
    >"It¹s for failing to take Occam¹s razor seriously that the Darwinian
    >establishment despises theistic evolution. Not to put too fine a point on
    >it, the Darwinian establishment views theistic evolution as a weak-kneed
    >sycophant that desperately wants the respectability that comes with being a
    >full-blooded Darwinist but refuses to follow the logic of Darwinism through
    >to the end. It takes courage to give up the comforting belief that life on
    >earth has a purpose. It takes courage to live without the consolation of an
    >afterlife. Theistic evolutionists lack the stomach to face the ultimate
    >meaninglessness of life, and it is this failure of courage that makes them
    >contemptible in the eyes of full-blooded Darwinists." p. 112.
    > which I'm inclined to reply: "Not to put too fine a point on itŠ."?
    >Given that a typical dictionary definition of sycophant is a self-seeking,
    >servile flatterer; a fawning parasite, I can scarcely imagine needing to
    >resort to criticism any more caustic than that.
    >Howard Van Till

    Though it should be pointed out that it was not Dembski making the
    criticisms, but what Dembski perceived as the Darwinian establishment's
    viewed theistic evolutionists. A subtle distinction but important


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