Re: [asa] A question on morals (OT and NT)

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Wed Nov 04 2009 - 13:59:35 EST

Rich Blinne wrote:
> Cameron is spot on with his critique of black and white thinking

Yes, an excellent piece all round, I thought. Well said, Cameron.

and how
> it is antithetical to any academic discipline whether it's science or
> history or theology or even engineering. The Intelligent Design movement
> unfortunately has not gotten the memo. They see "chance" as antithetical
> to design when it is very much embedded into the engineering process. By
> using a early Nineteenth Century manufacturing model of the design
> process they miss how engineering is actually done in the 21st Century.

My view exactly! I worry about ID people comparing cells to engineered artefacts and so setting themselves up for the "creationist in a cheap tuxedo" critique.

I don't think the ID argument is fatally flawed here - but, in my opinion, the patient can only be discharged from the casualty ward after the appropriate administration of a due appreciation for how engineering is practised in the 21st century. Such is the only sure anti-dote for the rather unfortunate ailment of working under the assumption that the discipline peaked with James Watt.

People should, however, recognize that their personal circumstances may vary and should follow the above suggestions only at their own risk. I am not a physician. This is not medical advice. If in doubt, see a recognized health practitioner.


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