October 1, 2005
This may be the only time I’ll ever agree with a Catholic theologian, so forgive me while I savor the moment:
HARRISBURG, Pa. - “Intelligent design” is vastly similar to creationism and should be taught as religion, not science, a Catholic theologian testified Friday, on the fifth day of a trial over whether the concept belongs in a public school science curriculum as an alternative to evolution.
Georgetown University theology professor John F. Haught said that while intelligent-design proponents do not explicitly identify God as the creator of life, the concept is “essentially a religious proposition.”
“I understand it to be a reformulation of an old theological argument for the existence of God,” he said.
Haught testified as an expert witness on behalf of eight families who are trying to have a reference to intelligent design removed from the Dover Area School District’s biology curriculum. The families contend that it effectively promotes the Bible’s view of creation, violating constitutional guarantees on freedom of religion.
TrackBack URL for this entry: