17th August 2005
My agnostic brother (or is it atheist?) sent me this tongue-in-cheek write up from The Onion; here is an excerpt:
Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New “Intelligent Falling” Theory
KANSAS CITY, KSâ€”As the debate over the teaching of evolution in public schools continues, a new controversy over the science curriculum arose Monday in this embattled Midwestern state. Scientists from the Evangelical Center For Faith-Based Reasoning are now asserting that the long-held “theory of gravity” is flawed, and they have responded to it with a new theory of Intelligent Falling.
“Things fall not because they are acted upon by some gravitational force, but because a higher intelligence, ‘God’ if you will, is pushing them down,” said Gabriel Burdett, who holds degrees in education, applied Scripture, and physics from Oral Roberts University.
Now, for the record, I am agnostic on the issue of intelligint design. I am no scientist. That being said, I do believe that to read the Scriptures as scientific is to mis-read them. While this would preclude most forms of young earth creationism, it leaves open the possibility for intelligent design, theistic evolution, evolutionary creation, or other non-concordist theories — and I’ll let the scientists debate the plausibility of each of these options.