Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bush talks up "intelligent design"

According to the Washington Post, President Bush has said that schoolchildren in America should be taught about "intelligent design," a view of creation which the WaPo describes as challenging established scientific thinking and promotes the idea that an unseen force is behind the development of humanity.

Expect this to fuel the debate over separation of church and state, with evolution opponents being "invigorated" and opponents to religious indoctrination in public schools angered. I myself always thought that "intelligent design" was an acknowledgement of guided evolution, as the Catholic Church teaches, but some people I know say that it's code for teaching evolution is a hoax.


At 8/04/2005 12:36 AM, Blogger bluejives said...

Actually, proponents of Intelligent Design (ID) do not put any stock in "guided evolution". Guided evolution is an oxymoron because, by definition, evolution theory is supposed to explain the origin of life by purely naturalistic, materialist means (ie, non-existence of a "creator"). One of the reasons why ID advocates have grown in numbers is because evolution theory has deep flaws, which Darwin himself admitted. Evolution does credibily manifest itself on a small scale on an intra-species level but macro-evolution theory is riddled with problems, inconsistencies, contradictions and wishful thinking.

Furthermore, ID is not to be confused with traditional creationism, although many uninformed laypeople tend to do that. ID does not invoke the Book of Genesis. Simply put, ID takes a fresh look at questions related to origins of life and universe, based on scientific principles, based upon a platform that allows for the existence of a "creator" (whether that "creator" happens to be the Judeo-Christian God of the Bible is up to the individual), rather than materialistic naturalism. In fact, many ID-ists are non-religious.

Many critics of ID claim that it is based on faith and non-scientific. On the other hand, die-hard evolutionists believe that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters for a million years can bang out the complete works of Shakespeare. I'm not sure if that type of thinking is so scientific either, or if it doesn't require a good dose of faith.


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