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Thursday, April 10, 2008

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LJ

Amazing. This is one movie I want to own. The Galileo mythology acted out in real life.

Lucky Mud indeed!

Mark Brumley

Interesting interview.

I don't know what the facts are about this film but I see no reason people should be discouraged from seeing it. I am not an ID proponent. However, I believe ID should be part of the "cultural conversation", even the academic conversation, in a free society. From what I have read about the response of many academics, there appears to be an energetic effort to squelch dissent in this area. Those who oppose ID may be right about its scientific problems or, as I have argued, about ID as fundamentally a categorical error, a philosophical thesis presented as a scientific one. But their being right does not justify suppressing reasonable discussion of the subject.

LJ

Absolutely Mark. Beside that, the evolution that any serious Catholic subscribes to is not Darwinism by a long stretch. I love what Mathis says about Darwinism. He calls it "the creation story of atheism."

Well said.

Laura P.

My husband is a math professor and received a hail of nasty e-mail from colleagues after he suggested that Michael Behe, the scientist at Lehigh University who proposed the theory of Irreducible Complexity, be invited to speak. I'd be interested to see this film, as I know that my husband is in good company as far as academic freedom and even freedom of speech being abridged.

Thanks for the post.

Carl Olson

Interesting interview.

The amazing thing is, it came about by blind chance, through a random, meaningless series of e-mails and phone calls, all of which finally evolved into the interview itself. ;-)

Brian Schuettler

Carl:

You have become a very accomplished interviewer. I can see a book being published someday under the title The Best of Olson's Interviews.

MenTaLguY

That's a good point, LJ. I've remarked on the need to distinguish Intelligent Design from general "argument from design" before, but I think it's equally important to draw a distinction between Darwinism (which encompasses essentially theological claims) and more modest ideas about evolution which are not immediately incompatible with the deposit of faith.

Carl Olson

Thanks, Brian, for the kind remark. I'll soon be posting an occasional podcast/interview on Insight, so interviews will be coming in both written and audio form, depending on what best suits the topic, interviewee, etc.

Brian Schuettler

I'll soon be posting an occasional podcast/interview on Insight

Great! My Mac will be ready and waiting.

Mark Brumley

I've remarked on the need to distinguish Intelligent Design from general "argument from design" before, but I think it's equally important to draw a distinction between Darwinism (which encompasses essentially theological claims) and more modest ideas about evolution which are not immediately incompatible with the deposit of faith.

Indeed. Well said.

Father Jaki, who is certainly an "evolutionist", criticizes "Darwinists" at length.

Dr John James

I enjoyed reading the interview and will try to catch this film when it comes to Australia. I'm not surprised but saddened to see good scientists and thinkers being 'sent to Coventry'. I feel the same is happening with any questioning of the Climate Change hypothsis and its origins and I've seen colleague doctors here in Australia denied training opportunities in Obstetrics/Gynaecology simply because they were Catholics.

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