ERIC Number: EJ727537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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Wedging Creationism into the Academy
Forrest, Barbara; Branch, Glenn
Academe, v91 n1 p36-41 Jan-Feb 2005
In 1999, William Dembski became director of the newly established Michael Polanyi Center at Baylor University, thanks to the support of Baylor's president Robert Sloan. The center was, as Dembski observed, "the first intelligent design think tank at a research university." As such, it fulfilled a crucial objective of the "intelligent design" movement, which aims to discredit the evolutionary sciences and to promote the notion that scientific evidence exists for intelligent design in nature. Calling themselves "the Wedge," adherents of the movement are avidly pursuing a twenty-year plan to convince the public that intelligent design is "an accepted alternative in the sciences" and to promote "the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science." The sobriquet "the Wedge" reflects movement leader Phillip Johnson's desire to insert "the thin edge of a wedge" into "the ruling philosophy of modern culture." For Johnson, a retired professor of law from the University of California, Berkeley, the Christian gospel is what will follow the thin edge.
Descriptors: Research Universities, Creationism, Evolution, Science Education, Higher Education, Public Schools, Conferences, Scientific Principles, Social Sciences
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