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10 February, 2009

Judgement Day

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 23:15

LGF has linked to an episode of Nova with much to recommend it. Judgement Day covers the story of Kitzmiller v Dover School Board. First, the caveats: It’s a PBS production, so it perpetuates the “separation of church and state” myth and, missing no opportunity to smear conservatives, calls the so-called “Discovery Institute” a conservative think tank.

What it gets right far outweighs those quibbles. I wish I had seen such a clear take-down of “irreducible complexity” a long time ago – like right after I read and was impressed by Michael Behe’s articles in The American Spectator. The shame I feel at having been taken in, albeit for a few years, is mollified by having been swayed eventually by the evidence.

Judgement Day is abundantly clear in presenting and explaining the piles of evidence introduced at that trial. If you harbor even the slightest doubt about the veracity of the theory of evolution, or currently think that “irreducible complexity” puts it in doubt, you owe it to yourself to spend a couple of hours watching this show.

If you think the show is hostile to religion you will be pleasantly surprised. It does show that a few particular religionists were highly dishonest. But, to spoil one bit of the show, evolution’s star witness in the trial is a confirmed Roman Catholic.

Accepting the reality of evolution is completely orthogonal with a belief in god. Anybody (including the risible Pat Robertson) who tries to tell you otherwise is full of something – and it don’t smell like incense, if you take my meaning.

Update:

Almost on cue, the Vatican buries the hatchet with Charles Darwin.

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