Monday, March 31, 2014

Notre Dame Bestows Laetare Medal on Kenneth Miller

The Notre Dame Observer notes that Kenneth Miller, the Brown, the molecular biologist and critical witness in the Dover School Board trial of 2005 has been awarded the Laetare Medal, given to the catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity...”  The story continues:
Miller, a current professor at Brown University, researches the structure and function of biological membranes. He has appeared on television shows including “The Colbert Report” and C-SPAN programs to debate with supporters of creationism and intelligent design, according to the press release.

“Like many other scientists who hold the Catholic faith, I see the Creator’s plan and purpose fulfilled in our universe,” Miller said recently, according to the press release. “I see a planet bursting with evolutionary possibilities, a continuing creation in which the divine providence is manifest in every living thing.

“I see a science that tells us there is indeed a design to life, and the name of that design is evolution.”
If you have not read Miller's Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
, you should. It is a wonderful tribute to the power of evolution and God's work in nature as well as an indictment of the vacuity of ID as a theoretical construct.

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