Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Judgement Day

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, is the title of a NOVA episode first aired on PBS back in November, 2007. The topic is the 2005 "Intelligent Design Trial" --- Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District --- and despite my interest in this subject I've somehow managed to not see this program for two years. It's on as now as I write, but you can watch it any time you like with Quicktime Video at the program site. Doh! Why didn't I think of this sooner?
[All images from the PBS site]

Ken Miller: I think that faith and reason are both gifts from God. And if God is real, then faith and reason should complement each other rather than be in conflict. Science is the child of reason. Reason has given us the ability to establish the scientific method to investigate the world around us, and to show that the world and the universe in which we live are far vaster and far more complex, and I think far more wonderful, than anyone could have imagined 1,000 or 2,000 years ago.
Now, I'm a scientist and I have faith in God. But that doesn't make faith a scientific proposition. Faith and reason are both necessary to the religious person for a proper understanding of the world in which we live, and there is ultimately no necessary contradiction between reason and faith.

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NOVA PBS Judgment DayDecision of the Court: The citizens of the Dover area were poorly served by the members of the Board who voted for the ID Policy. It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy.

NOVA PBS Judgment DayHolding: Teaching intelligent design in public school biology classes violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States (and Article I, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution) because intelligent design is not science and "cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents."

NOVA PBS Judgment Day
An Irreducibly Intelligent program.

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