The Proper Place of Intelligent Design in the Curriculum

To the Editor:

J. Scott Turner has his heart in the right place ("Why Can't We Discuss Intelligent Design?," The Chronicle Review, January 19). ID should indeed be discussed in universities. ... But it needs to be discussed in context.

Intelligent design is not an honest attempt to understand the natural world. It is not as if someone made a stunning new research finding, published it in a scientific journal, and proposed ID as the explanation. Instead, ID arose as a cynical