Testimony Tackles Question: What Is Intelligent Design?
Testimony on the third day of a closely watched trial on “intelligent design” spanned the history, philosophy, and definition of science, with an academic scholar offering his opinions on what intelligent design is—and what it is not.
Robert T. Pennock, a philosophy professor at Michigan State University, described the concept as a form of “special creationism” that combines several forms of belief in a supernatural creator, in testimony in federal court on Sept. 28.
Mr. Pennock was testifying on behalf of a group of parents suing the Dover Area School District over a policy established in 2004 that requires students to be exposed to the intelligent-design concept through a statement that is read to them in 9th grade biology class. The case is believed to be the first in which the constitutionality of exposing students to intelligent design in science class is being tested, and it could have broad impact on how other school...
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