"As Christians, we know that naturalism is wrong." William
A. Dembski, author: "The Design Inference."
"[The]...really serious issue in science education is the
systematic misrepresentation of evidence for Darwinism in biology
textbooks." Press release from the Discovery Institute criticizing the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation's study of the
teaching of evolution in U.S. public schools, issued 2000-OCT-2. 1
"[Intelligent design] must be ranked as one of the greatest achievements in the history of science [rivaling] those of Newton and Einstein, Lavoisier and Schrodinger, Pasteur, and Darwin." Michael Behe2
"The Intelligent design hypothesis has one major flaw: it
requires one to believe that a competent, thinking, omnipotent, divine
being created the platypus: a venomous, egg-laying, duck billed mammal."
"I have a bone to pick with God. If he designed the human
body, why did he route the male urethra directly through the middle of
the prostate gland, thus causing incredible problems for men as they
advance in years."
"Ignorance on your part about natural processes does not imply
intervention on God's part." Another Anon.
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.