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About origins


Intelligent Design (ID): All viewpoints

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bullet "As Christians, we know that naturalism is wrong." William A. Dembski, author: "The Design Inference."

bullet "[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

bullet "[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

bullet "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." Anon.

bullet "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." Anon

bullet "Ignorance on your part about natural processes does not imply intervention on God's part." Another Anon.

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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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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Overview of ID
bullet ID beliefs. The origin of ID. Observations supporting the theory
bullet ID vs. other beliefs about origins. What does the ID God look like?
bullet ID promotional & political aspects
bullet Opinions about ID, mostly by scientists
bullet ID State legislation pending
bullet Lawsuits about teaching ID in public schools:
bullet Lawsuit in Dover, PA
bullet Lawsuit in Lebec, CA
bullet Zogby's public opinion poll on ID
bullet Information sources
bullet ID in the media (2005-AUG to now)

bullet Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" A film by Ben Stein about ID and evolution

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Books on Intelligent Design:

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References used:

  1. "F' is for Fordham: Report on Evolution Ignores Real Problems, Says Discovery Institute," News release, 2000-SEP-26, at:

  2. Michael Behe, "Darwin's Black Box:, as quoted by H. Allen Orr, "Darwin v. Intelligent Design," a skeptical book review of "Darwin's Black Box," at:

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Copyright © 2001 to 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-JAN-14
Latest update: 2010-OCT-09
Author: B.A. Robinson

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