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We Know that Stephen King Endorses “Intelligent Design,” but Why?

book-metamorphosis-sma.jpgDiscovery Institute’s Paul Nelson is on the Michael Medved Show now talking about the documentaries Flight and Metamorphosis, presenting the evidence for intelligent design in birds and butterflies.
Medved mentioned that Stephen King has come out for intelligent design (admittedly without defining precisely what he means by the term), joining other famous novelists who are or were Darwin doubters or design advocates (Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz). We’ve noted Stephen King’s interesting comments already, but Paul Nelson hit the nail on the head. I didn’t transcribe his exact remarks, but Paul explained that a novelist is in the business of creating worlds and so not surprisingly recognizes the work of another designer. Moreover, said Dr. Nelson, when King’s publisher cuts a royalty check for his books, the check is made out to the creator, Mr. King, not to “the laws of physics.” Or you might add, to “a law such as gravity,” as Stephen Hawking might prefer to say.*

*”Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.”

Oh, by the way, if you haven’t done so already, you should go now to the website of Discovery Institute Press and download the free companion book to Metamorphosis, Metamorphosis: The Case for Intelligent Design in a Nutshell. Apart from the fact that I edited it, the book is beautiful with great content by Paul Nelson and Ann Gauger, among others. I’ve also got a chapter there on Nabokov’s Darwin doubting.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.