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October 18, 2005

Doctors Decry 'Scientific Inquisition' Against Intelligent Design

Criticizing a "Scientific Inquisition" aimed at squelching debate over exclusively teaching the theory of evolution, the Christian Medical Association (www.cmda.org) today called for fair and open consideration of the scientific merits of intelligent design theory.

Dr. David Stevens, Executive Director of the 17,000-member CMA, noted, "It's hard to reconcile the scientific principles of freedom of exploration, testing hypotheses and evaluating evidence with the tyrannical rhetoric coming from some scientific elites who want to squelch the teaching of intelligent design alongside evolutionary theory."

As an example, Dr. Stevens cited a recent editorial in this month's New England Journal of Medicine entitled "Faith Healers and Physicians--Teaching Pseudoscience by Mandate," by deputy editor Robert S. Schwartz, M.D. In the editorial, Schwartz compared a religious leader, who expressed opposition to the theory of evolution, to the Russian tyrant Joseph Stalin. He also warned that "acquiescing to this anti-science movement would have far-reaching consequences for the development of future generations of physicians, for the likelihood of discovering new therapies, and for understanding health and disease."

Dr. Stevens rejoined, "Dr. Schwartz's betrayal of his ignorance of the history of science suggests that maybe instead of debating teaching intelligent design, we should be debating teaching history in medical school. Some of the greatest pioneers of science saw God's fingerprints in the natural order they investigated. Scientists like Copernicus, Kepler, Boyle, Paré, Ambriose and Newton produced tremendous scientific breakthroughs as a result of and consistent with their religious faith and belief in the God who ordered the universe.

"Instead of an open and systematic consideration of the evidence, a small but powerful scientific elite have launched the equivalent of a "Scientific Inquisition" against any scientist who dares to break ranks to consider the claims of intelligent design. Besides persecuting any scientist who dares consider the evidence for intelligent design, the ruling elite would also excommunicate any scientist who sees God behind that design."

CMA Associate Executive Director Dr. Gene Rudd added, "Physicians who treat patients don't labor under a false dichotomy of faith and science. In a survey of 1,044 doctors nationwide, 76 percent said they believe in God, 59 percent said they believe in some sort of afterlife, and 55 percent said their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine. Despites Dr. Schwartz's efforts to deny a transcendent influence in our world and in our lives, the majority of his readers do not agree with him."

Posted by Blogorithm at October 18, 2005 12:47 PM

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