Humans: Masterpieces and Asses

William Dembski is a leading advocate for intelligent design and our interview (audio and transcript) with him about The Design Revolution is both optimistic and realistic about the movement’s long-term impact. Where Dembski provides evidence for intelligent design on the scientific front, Alistair Cooke(foto right), who died yesterday at 95, did it for years on the artistic front through his Masterpiece Theatre. His elegant essays, easy charm and wit proved intelligence on TV is not dead, only rare.

But while humans are the product of intelligent design. it is also true as has been said, “the masses are asses,” capable of gullibility and entertained by the likes of Jerry Springer. And so the dignified Cooke died on the same day that Janet Jackson on Letterman claimed her breast reveal was an accident.

Her exact words? “It truly was an accident. It was very embarrassing for me to have so many people see this little breast.” (Jackson said softly in a voice reminiscent of actress Marilyn Monroe). “It was supposed to kind of happen like that, but I wasn’t supposed to come out of it the way I did.”

To which Letterman, who gets paid to act like an ass but certainly is not one replied: “What was supposed to happen … clowns jumping out of a car?”

I don’t even need to ask if there are people who believe Jackson because there are. Lest we become judgmental, Christians are capable of attempts at public deception as demonstrated by former USA superstar journalist and professing Christian Jack Kelly, whose Jayson Blair-like antics have brought sorrow especially to his Christian friends.

As Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, If it were only so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

Remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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