"Making a positive vision of the future practical."
Founded by Reagan-era bureaucrat Bruce Chapman and funded by conservatives Howard Ahmanson, Jr., Philip Anschutz, and Richard Scaife, the Discovery Institute is an umbrella organization dedicated to restructuring American government without any separation between church and state.
The Discovery Institute funds the Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture (which due to controversy has dropped the words "the Renewal of" from its name), publishers of the "Wedge document", which outlines their political motivation to abolish evolution in favor of "intelligent design":
The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. If we view the predominant materialistic science as a giant tree, our strategy is intended to function as a "wedge" that, while relatively small, can split the trunk when applied at its weakest points. The very beginning of this strategy, the "thin edge of the wedge," was Phillip Johnson's critique of Darwinism begun in 1991 in Darwinism on Trial, and continued in Reason in the Balance and Defeatng Darwinism by Opening Minds. Michael Behe's highly successful Darwin's Black Box followed Johnson's work. We are building on this momentum, broadening the wedge with a positive scientific alternative to materialistic scientific theories, which has come to be called the theory of intelligent design (ID). Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
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