[asa] Dawkins God's gift to ID

From: Dave Wallace <wmdavid.wallace@gmail.com>
Date: Mon Nov 23 2009 - 14:04:52 EST
Last week I came across a part of the following quote in McGrath's The Dawkins Delusion. 

William Dembski (one of the leading lights of the US intelligent-design lobby) put it like this in an email to Dawkins: "I know that you personally don't believe in God, but I want to thank you for being such a wonderful foil for theism and for intelligent design more generally. In fact, I regularly tell my colleagues that you and your work are one of God's greatest gifts to the intelligent-design movement. So please, keep at it!"
The gwardian article ends:
The God Delusion, is to be published this autumn. Dembski and the intelligent-design lobby must already be on their knees, thanking God.

I found Dembski's comments somewhat disquieting although I could not put my finger on the exact problem.  Upon some reflection the issue seems to be two fold.

First it seems a bit like the report a while back that CRU was refusing to share their data with scientists opposed to AGW.   Now I am not taking a position one way or the other on whether or not CRU favoured pro over anti AGW scientists but if they were it gives the appearance that CRU did not want the truth to come out one way or the other about AGW.  Somehow this gives the impression of ID being more partisan rather than dispassionate about their "science".  I also acknowledge that we are probably guilty of the same kind of thing but about different things that we care passionately about. 

Second even from an ID viewpoint Dawkins must be propagating obvious untruth about Christianity. Since God is a God of truth, I would  have thought that encouraging untruth was not something that Christians should be encouraging even in a backhanded sort of way. 


Dave W

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