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LA Times Lets Behe Be Himself

In today’s LA Times, Josh Getlin discusses biochemist Michael Behe’s testimony in the Dover trial:

Even some of Behe’s strongest critics believe he may have scored important points in his mid-October court appearance.

Getlin also profiles Behe, giving details that often get left out because they don’t fit the “ID is a redneck fundamentalist creationist Biblical literalist theocracy-inspired conspiracy” trope:

Like many Roman Catholics, he had believed in God and Darwinism. “I didn’t think the two were exclusive,” Behe said. He remembers learning about Darwin’s theory of evolution.

“In the seventh, eighth grades, I recall nuns teaching that God can make life any way he wants,” Behe said. “If he wants to create life by the outplaying of natural laws, well, who were we to tell him otherwise? Here was Darwin’s theory, and it looks like God set up the world to begin producing life. I remember thinking, ‘That’s cool.'”

In those days, Behe and Kenneth Miller would have been on the same page.

Then Getlin allows Behe to explain how he eventually came to diverge from the party line:

“I came to realize that a pillar of my thinking was supported not by evidence but by sociological factors, what other people think.”

Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.