By Julie Berry (Metrowest Daily News)
This lack of popular understanding of evolutionary science and of religious doctrine is exploited by the Intelligent Design movement, says Dr. Alan Templeton, professor of biology, genetics, and biomedical engineering at Washington University. Templeton, who is Jewish, says of Intelligent Design proponents, “They distort what evolution says, thereby exploiting ignorance.”
One such area is the use of the word ‘theory’ as applied to evolution, implying that it is a dubious proposition instead of a unifying framework for explaining phenomena. Likewise, proponents of Intelligent Design seize upon instances debated among evolutionists as proof that evolutionary theory is in scientific jeopardy.