Friday, April 28, 2006


For the scientific community intelligent design represents creationism's latest grasp at scientific legitimacy. Accordingly, intelligent design is viewed as yet another ill-conceived attempt by creationists to straightjacket science within a religious ideology. I’m not buying it! In fact intelligent design can be formulated as a scientific theory having empirical consequences based upon naturalistic assumptions. So Intelligent Design is virtually devoid of any religious commitment to a supernatural reality.

In his book, Miracles, C. S. Lewis put it this way: Naturalistic assumptions ... meet you on every side.... It comes partly from what we may call a "hangover." We all have Naturalism in our bones and even conversion does not at once work the infection out of our system. Its assumptions rush back upon the mind the moment vigilance is relaxed.

Intelligent Design begins with the observation that intelligent causes can do things which undirected natural causes cannot. Undirected natural causes can place scrabble pieces on a board, but cannot arrange the pieces as meaningful words or sentences. To obtain a meaningful arrangement requires an intelligent cause, i.e., a directed natural cause.

So Intelligent Design presupposes neither a super natural creator nor miracles. In fact, Intelligent Design is theologically minimalist. It simply detects intelligence without speculating about the nature of the intelligence.

How about a little dexterity test? Try this challenging flash animation game! Click Here! It is called “Dembski’s Dozer” and is inspired by the Intelligent Design Movement. Go on… have some fun!

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