09/19/2005: An Intelligent Design "parable"....
From the SKEPTIC mailing list, a member from Australia forwards this parable giving us an appropriate analogy to the "logic" used by ID proponents:
A major Israeli paper carried an article attacking ID. It was along the same lines as many such articles, but it included an amusing analogy for the posterior logic employed by promoters of ID (which I’ll translate culturally rather than literally):
Joe has been working at a bank as a teller for 17 years. Two years ago, he purchased a half acre waterfront property in Sydney. The ATO was obviously suspicious, and they sent an investigator to talk to Joe. The investigator’s question was simple: how did you get the money?
Joe had an immediate answer: at midnight on Ash Wednesday, Jesus came to me in a dream and said to me: Joe, my son, rise now and take a shovel; At midnight on Easter Sunday, go to the Sydney Cathedral; Circle it 7 times, then take 13 steps South and 666 steps West. At the spot where you then stand, dig to a depth of 7 feet, and you will find an old crate. Open it, and say three times “in the name of the father, and the son, and of the holy spirit”; and with that, he disappeared. I did as he said, and as I stood there with the open box, it suddenly filled with $2 million in crisp $100 notes.
“And what proof do you have of this tale?” asked the investigator, to which Joe answered: “Is the waterfront property not proof enough?”
Len on 09.19.05 @ 07:55 PM CST