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Creationism's Trojan HorseThe Wedge of Intelligent Design$
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Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001

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The Wedge Document: A Design for Design

The Wedge Document: A Design for Design

(p.25) 2 The Wedge Document: A Design for Design
Creationism's Trojan Horse

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the origin of the strategy of the intelligent design movement as laid out in a key document entitled “The Wedge Strategy.” Discovery Institute creationists used it as a fundraising tool to attract financial support. Known informally as the Wedge Document, it clearly establishes the movement’s view of itself as advancing a plan to promote creationism and to rescue American culture from the evil of “materialism” supposedly caused by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. When the document was leaked and posted on the Internet in 1999, the Discovery Institute refused to acknowledge ownership of it. The chapter establishes the authenticity of the Wedge Document by comparing its text with language found in materials in an early Discovery Institute website directory.

Keywords:   Discovery Institute, Wedge Document, Charles Darwin, evolution, materialism

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