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Bleached FaithThe Tragic Cost When Religion Is Forced into the Public Square$
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Steven Goldberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758611

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758611.001.0001

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How Intelligent Design Demeans Religion

How Intelligent Design Demeans Religion

(p.39) Chapter 3 How Intelligent Design Demeans Religion
Bleached Faith
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This chapter begins by looking at the intelligent design movement in the context of earlier attacks on Darwin and the fate of those attacks in the courts. It then shows why intelligent design has had problems in litigation, and why it is so destructive of actual religious faith. Next it attempts to understand the remarkable durability of the disputes over Darwin's work by looking at evolution's ties to the question of human origins and to the unhappy history of social Darwinism and eugenics. The discussion then turns to the original argument from design, a much more serious and enduring notion than so-called intelligent design. The argument from design is a religious argument that continues to inspire millions. Many modern scientists, from Einstein to superstring theorists, profess a sense of faith and wonder in the order of the universe that is notably absent from the disfigured teachings that result when religion is forced into the public school curriculum. The faith of scientists does not belong in a public school biology class any more than Genesis does, but it is beautifully expressed in other settings, a lesson from which many religious leaders could learn.

Keywords:   intelligent design movement, Darwin, religious faith, religion, evolution, human origins, eugenics, wonder

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