Michael Behe on Point of Inquiry November 13, 2007

Michael Behe on Point of Inquiry

If you haven’t heard the interview yet, go download and listen.

Point of Inquiry host DJ Grothe speaks with Intelligent Design advocate Michael Behe.

It’s one of the best episodes of the show to date.

It’s also a wonderful example of both men disagreeing without being disagreeable.

It’s only half an hour. You can spare it!

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  • Mriana

    I heard Behe tonight on the PBS Nova show “Intelligent Design on Trial”. He reminded me of the scientist/doctor/teacher woman on the TNG episode in which Data lost his memory, the people got radiation sickness, and when he put the cure in the well water, they “killed” him. This woman said there are four elements- fire, air, earth, water. Data tried to correct her archiac science and she took offense to it.

    Behe gave me the same chuckle, because his “science” sounded much similar.

  • DJ seems to have remarkable restraint.

  • Point of Inquiry podcast is regularly excellent.

    Is there an argument to be made that they shouldn’t be giving Behe any more publicity?

    He is an intellectual minnow, let alone when you compare him to DJ’s other guests.

  • cautious

    5.30 in and I already call “BS”

    DJ asks something along the lines of “ID proponents didnt go from being Christian to supporting ID?”

    Behe says “Well, many actually didn’t, I didn’t, and a couple guys I know pretty well, Bill Dembski, Johnathan Wells, didn’t either”

    Actual quotes from William Dembski:

    “Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John’s Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory”

    “Any view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient. … The conceptual soundness of a scientific theory cannot be maintained apart from Christ.”

    “Intelligent Design opens the whole possibility of us being created in the image of a benevolent God. … The job of apologetics is to clear the ground, to clear obstacles that prevent people from coming to the knowledge of Christ. … And if there’s anything that I think has blocked the growth of Christ as the free reign of the Spirit and people accepting the Scripture and Jesus Christ, it is the Darwinian naturalistic view.”

    And as far as Johnathan Wells, the whole reason he went to school to get a PhD in biology was because Sun-Myung Moon (basically) told him to, or, in his words, “Father chose me”.

    Behe has another 32 minutes to be dishonest, let’s see what else he has…

  • cautious

    Additional comments from this cautious mind…


    Behe Claim: After Denton’s 1985 book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, he started to have doubts about evolution. As did Philip Johnson. The ID movement was sorta started by Philip Johnson and other like-minded thinkers in the early 1990s, and they first wanted to talk about ID to educated laypeople, not public school children or anything.

    Contrary Facts: Of Pandas and People, a public school textbook published in 1987, was one of the first books to reference intelligent design, by those exact words. Philip Johnson’s Darwin on Trial from 1991 references Of Pandas and People.

    Truth?: ID was already being pushed in the public school system, and then the people who eventually self-collected themselves into the Discovery Institute took the idea of ID and tried to make it more scientifically appetizing.


    At least he mentions William Paley, a natural theologian who was pro-ID and was taken seriously, back in, uh, 1802? Way to back up your hypothesis by pointing to opinions from 200 years ago, Dr. Behe.


    Wow, watch as Michael Behe jumps the shark by trying to say that the damage that (in his opinion) intelligently designed malaria causes to people is not inconsistent with a benevolent God and ends up basically saying “God works in mysterious ways”.

  • Mriana

    At least he mentions William Paley, a natural theologian who was pro-ID and was taken seriously, back in, uh, 1802? Way to back up your hypothesis by pointing to opinions from 200 years ago, Dr. Behe.

    I told you he was archiac and I haven’t even listened to the podcast. I’m not sure if I’m going to bother listening after hearing him on PBS.

  • Aj

    If you want to waste 30minutes listening to “one of the best” interviews on Point of Inquiry, with a dishonest creationist advocating ID and dodging questions, where you can almost hear DJ sigh and moan, before moving onto another question that isn’t answered.

  • Mriana

    I’m thinking you are being sarcastic, esp with “one of the best”. Poor DJ. Why did he choose to interview him? Never mind, I’ll ask him on the CFI board.

  • Thomas J Wood

    I don’t think I could have been more disappointed with a person who’s views are contrary to my own. He makes Kent Hovind sound like a beacon of honesty, integrity and critical thinking. He even repeats the tired ID canard about the judge “plagiarizing” an amicus brief. As a lawyer, I would like to repeat THIS IS A COMMON PRACTICE. If a judge uses the language of your brief or something you mentioned in oral argument its not only OK but a personal thrill for any lawyer. Lawyers even have a term for it “getting published.” Behe’s “breathtaking inanity” is boundless.

    I was also struck by his rather extreme lack of humility. He gave me the impression that he reveled in the attention his notoriety has given him. I think I would have liked him better if he was a selfless ideologue.

  • Jason

    DJ was pretty restrained but still managed to give Behe enough rope with which to hang himself. It was a good interview and both men were civil which was great but Behe just continued with his trademark dishonesty on this subject. I tried to add a comment to the CFI forum but have had trouble signing up and cannot add anything.

    I just wanted to make anyone out there aware of this video on Youtube. Ken Miller had already told many of those little stories in his talk at Case Western and managed to thoroughly trounce all of Behe’s typical arguments. It was fun to see them acted out on last night’s NOVA special. If anyone has an account on CFI please feel free to post the video link under to the Behe interview discussion.

    It’s encouraging to see that there are some very intelligent religious scientists out there who won’t stand for this ridiculous ID movement.

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