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    http://www.antievolution.org/features/wedge.html From above link: CENTER FOR THE RENEWAL OF SCIENCE & CULTURE INTRODUCTION The proposition that human beings
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      From above link:



      The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West's greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences.

      Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science. Debunking the traditional conceptions of both God and man, thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud portrayed humans not as moral and spiritual beings, but as animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry, and environment. This materialistic conception of reality eventually infected virtually every area of our culture, from politics and economics to literature and art

      The cultural consequences of this triumph of materialism were devastating. Materialists denied the existence of objective moral standards, claiming that environment dictates our behavior and beliefs. Such moral relativism was uncritically adopted by much of the social sciences, and it still undergirds much of modern economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

      Materialists also undermined personal responsibility by asserting that human thoughts and behaviors are dictated by our biology and environment. The results can be seen in modern approaches to criminal justice, product liability, and welfare. In the materialist scheme of things, everyone is a victim and no one can be held accountable for his or her actions.

      Finally, materialism spawned a virulent strain of utopianism. Thinking they could engineer the perfect society through the application of scientific knowledge, materialist reformers advocated coercive government programs that falsely promised to create heaven on earth.

      Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. Bringing together leading scholars from the natural sciences and those from the humanities and social sciences, the Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature. The Center awards fellowships for original research, holds conferences, and briefs policymakers about the opportunities for life after materialism.

      The Center is directed by Discovery Senior Fellow Dr. Stephen Meyer. An Associate Professor of Philosophy at Whitworth College, Dr. Meyer holds a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University. He formerly worked as a geophysicist for the Atlantic Richfield Company.

      David Williams: I conclude that the purpose of the ID movement is more concerned with politics and religion than with science. Europe is more materialistic than the USA yet the average life expectancy there is higher than in the USA and the crime rate is lower. States in the USA with high religiosity such as Mississippi and Louisiana have lower life expectancy than more sinful states.


      Governing Goals

      * To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.
      * To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.

      Five Year Goals

      * To see intelligent design theory as an accepted alternative in the sciences and scientific research being done from the perspective of design theory.
      * To see the beginning of the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science.
      * To see major new debates in education, life issues, legal and personal responsibility pushed to the front of the national agenda.

      Twenty Year Goals

      * To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.
      * To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its influence in the fine arts.
      * To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.

      David Williams: Intelligent Design Theory will not be the dominant perspective in science unless it is a science. Calling something scientific does not make it so.

      Spiritual & cultural renewal:

      * Mainline renewal movements begin to appropriate insights from design theory, and to repudiate theologies influenced by materialism
      * Major Christian denomination(s) defend(s) traditional doctrine of creation & repudiate(s)
      * Darwinism Seminaries increasingly recognize & repudiate naturalistic presuppositions
      * Positive uptake in public opinion polls on issues such as sexuality, abortion and belief in God

      David Williams: I still think that ID is creationism in a lab coat.
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