Here’s another box to put people and their ideas in… as if we didn’t have enough labels yet. For a while it was Darwinism vs. creationism. For those of you that like a third party, please celebrate intelligent design! It combines the thoughts of scientists, philosophers, and scholars.
Is it creationism light? Is it a compromise between science and religion? Is it a bunch of baloney? When you research the topic, the answer seems to depend on the advocate.
People who lean towards science dismiss it as nonsense. They feel that it’s just religion trying to repackage creationism, so that it’s more palatable. Intelligent design is not real science, they say.
Other people are skeptical that this world, and it’s inhabitants, are the result of a random, unplanned chain of events.
If you think about, all these theories seem pretty ludicrous. In creationism, you have God, who speaks the world, and everything in it into existence. He does all this in seven days. Hmmm… it’s hard to take that in the literal sense. Then we have evolution, where there’s the big bang. All life begins randomly from a single celled organism. Humans, and everything else, evolve through mutation. That sounds a little far fetched as well. Intelligent design concedes that we have evolved, but according to design, implicating a designer. Sounds like a compromise to me. But, if you don’t believe in a designer, that’s not going to work for you, is it?
This is a simplistic discussion of complicated theology and science. I know that. The point is, views on religion change, and ideas in science evolve. They are all theories. Intelligent design seems to be a good option, instead of choosing from two sides. My grandson, Felix, says “I believe in God and evolution”. Voila! Intelligent design!
When it comes down to it, people are different, and we all have a variety of views on many topics. How do you weigh in on this?