Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Pulling the Panda's Thumb
Gordy Slack has the gift. He tells the story of the Dover trial, not so much a battle between science and religion as a battle between science and delusion. His retelling of the testimonies in the courtroom, brought about by a school board in Pennsylvania trying to bring ID into the curriculum (using Of Pandas and People as a textbook), amounts to a crash course in the debate between evolution and ID.
Take the difference between methodological materialism (MM) and philosophical materialism (PM). Never heard of it? Neither had I before reading The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything. It sounds incredibly daunting, but the distinction is important, and over a short chapter even a dolt like myself is brought up to speed with no difficulty whatsoever. Slack cuts to the quick effortlessly, retelling the evidence presented in court in a thoroughly approachable way.
God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Hawkins, Harris, and Hitchens; hardly a godless villain!
And it's reassuring to know that in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, good sense was to ultimately prevail.
Posted by Gavin R at 05:30