- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
- (p.91) 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author considers rhetorical techniques that prove to be an immensely frustrating point of contact between young-Earth creationism and intelligent design (ID) proponents, with particular emphasis on the latter's practice of quoting scientists out of context and ridiculing their ideas. One example is the exchange between Michael Behe, a Lehigh University biochemist and ID proponent, and Jerry Coyne, of the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. A second example comes from ID proponent William Dembski, in his book No Free Lunch, as he makes claims about the Cambrian explosion. ID proponents such as Phillip Johnson are also fond of making bold, confident presentations of arguments that are entirely incorrect. And when they are done hurling their invective, distortions, and misquotations, these ID proponents resort to accusing scientists of being arrogant.
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