Polish priest and physicist Michael Heller has won the Templeton Prize. Heller’s two books on Lemaitre were key sources for my own book. In his statement released today, he has some interesting comments on that brand of creationism peculiar to the U.S.:

“Adherents of the so-called intelligent design ideology commit a grave theological error. They claim that scientific theories, that ascribe the great role to chance and random events in the evolutionary processes, should be replaced, or supplemented, by theories acknowledging the thread of intelligent design in the universe. Such views are theologically erroneous. They implicitly revive the old manicheistic error postulating the existence of two forces acting against each other: God and an inert matter; in this case, chance and intelligent design.”

Hat tip: Amy Welborn.