As I have encountered numerous books and articles attacking Intelligent Design, one thing that often stands out is that some scientists seem genuinely offended that their cherished scientific theories should be attacked. They often respond with all the passion and even anger that so often accompanies the defense of dogma.
In an entirely different context, Paul N. Anderson discusses critical scholars in biblical studies who are offended when their critical theories are challenged. Anderson writes, “If critical scholars are threatened by critical theories being examined critically, one wonders if the theories or the scholars deserve the appellation, ‘critical’” (Anderson, Paul N. The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for Jesus. New York : T&T Clark, 3).
It occurs to me that merely be changing a few words, Anderson’s statement could just as easily (and accurately) be applied to the scientists who attack Intelligent Design: “If scientists are threatened by scientific theories being examined scientifically, one wonders if the theories or the scholars deserve the appellation, ‘scientific or scientist.”