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Scientific Values and Civic Virtues$
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Noretta Koertge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195172256.001.0001

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The Wedge of Intelligent Design

The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Retrograde Science, Schooling, and Society

(p.191) 12 The Wedge of Intelligent Design
Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

The rejection of evolution in favor of creation by a supernatural deity is not the only feature of intelligent design creationism that marks it as a religious movement. Its integral but lesser known features include anti-modernism, anti-secularism, religious exclusionism, and anti-rationalism. The intelligent design movement, following a Wedge Strategy, seeks not only to return American education to a premodern understanding of science, but to move the country culturally and politically away from secular democracy and toward a premodern, Christian commonwealth. The movement’s leader, Phillip Johnson, brands secular academics as apostates and warns Christian students against relying on “your own thinking”. Scientists must join concerned citizens in stopping the advance of intelligent design in the public school science class.

Keywords:   intelligent design, creationism, Wedge Strategy, theocracy, secular, anti-modernism

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