Monday, February 21, 2005

Behe redux

One last response to Michael Behe's NYTimes op-ed essay on Intelligent Design.

He describes "little molecular trucks in the cell to ferry supplies, little outboard motors to push a cell through liquid." Trucks and outboard motors, he infers, require an intelligent designer.

All human knowing is metaphorical. We explain the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar. Thus, the "trucks" and "outboard motors."

Thus, also, fairies, angels, Olympian deities, God the Father, Earth Mother, and Intelligent Designer, all contrived in our own image.

Why this need to drag the Ultimate Mystery down to earth, trick it up in familiar garb, make it walk and quack like a duck? Why not simply admit that there is much about the world that we do not as yet understand, perhaps will never understand, and respond to this knowledge of our ignorance with humility, awe, celebration, praise?