Intelligent Design (ID): All viewpoints
About Intelligent Design (ID):
Scientists at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, WA, and a few isolated scientists elsewhere in the world, are promoting a new theory of the origin of plant and animal species. They offer Intelligent Design (ID) as an alternative to the Theory of Evolution.
Evolution is supported by over 99% of biological and earth scientists. Supporters of ID base their beliefs on various structures in animals and plants that they feel could not have developed through natural selection. They conclude that the structures must have been designed by a form of intelligence far superior to that possessed by humans.
Conservative Protestants have embraced ID with enthusiasm, because if ID is true, then one of many possible designers could be Yahweh whose creation activities are described in Genesis -- the first book of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Holy Bible. They want to see ID taught in the public schools along with the Theory of Evolution.
The existence of a superior intelligence who is responsible for the design is not necessarily a God. It could be, for example, a human-like race of space travelers who came to earth and created new structures.
One aspect of ID may be a ticking time-bomb for religious conservatives: scientists promoting ID generally accept that the earth has been present, and that species have been changing, for many billion of years. Although this is compatible with some interpretations of the creation stories in Genesis, most conservative Protestants support a new Earth whose age is less than 10,000 years.
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Books on Intelligent Design:
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