I’m a firm believer in giving credit where it is due, whether or not I agree with a person. I’m a relatively liberal Democrat, but I recognize there are Republicans who have done and are doing great things. I don’t want John McCain in the White House next January, but I see no need to assail his character or to deny that he has done good things as a Senator. Similarly, I am hesitant to throw out the baby with the bathwater in the case of Christian scientists.
I am not a scientist. I would feel inappropriate delving too deep into scientific questions on this blog because I feel unprepared and unqualified to contribute much to the scientific debate. I will leave it to others to debate science. However, in this case the topic transcends the realm of science and moves into the realm of politics, education and philosophy.
I am no fan of the Intelligent Design movement. I agree with the general prognosis that it is nothing more than repackaged creationism in its ultimate goals. At the same time, there are those in the ID community that I think are well intentioned, if wrong. There are men and women who I think are good scientists, even if they come to some bad conclusions.