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Religious basis of ID
Proponents of Intelligent Design would have people believe it is a movement of genuine scientific scepticism, striving to help scientific progress by introducing a new scientific theory. Such a pretext is dishonest. The ID movement is comprised almost entirely of conservative Christians, and its founders and foundational documents show both an aggressive religious agenda and a highly confrontational stance towards the scientific community. Additionally, many if not most of the writings produced by the leading proponents of ID (most of whom are ensconced at the Discovery Institute) are directly concerned with religious and/or political issues. Even those writings which purport to be scientific focus a great deal of attention on apologetics and theology. Given that the ID movement does not engage in scientific research, and is otherwise confined to finding "weaknesses" in evolutionary theory, non-scientific arguments make up the bulk of their polemic.
Phillip Johnson makes it clear that the correct place to begin science is with the Bible:
- "Evolutionary science has made many attempts to explain religion in general, or Christianity in particular, on naturalistic assumptions. Now it is time to return the favor, by allowing theology to explain why science is so reliable in some ways, and so disappointing in others, and why Darwinian science in particular has come to such a dead end. The place to begin is ... in the opening Gospel of John.
- 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.'"
And he also makes it clear that, in the end of things, theology is more important than natural science:
- "If heaven really exists, then the authority to determine how to get to heaven is vastly more important than the authority to say how the mundane cosmos works, since the latter deals only with earthly knowledge that will soon pass away."
William Dembski similarly argues, in his book Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology, that:
- "...any view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient."
And the Discovery Institute website features articles about cloning, abortion and ethics in general, arguing that, under materialism, ethics have no basis. That is hardly a scientific issue. The Discovery Institute itself has changed its banner from a religious theme to a secular one in order to dispel the accusation of being tied to religion.
Intelligent Design is therefore a religious movement seeking to establish a compelling case for Christianity by means of scientific apologetics. It is a church-state issue. Under evolution, one is free to be an atheistic evolutionist or a theistic evolutionist; IDists want to end this freedom and make everyone be forced to believe in their religion.
- Evolution and Christian Faith by Phillip Johnson
- Dare to question the materialist high priests by Royal Truman, about Phillip Johnson's book The Wedge of Truth
- The Wedge Strategy - foundational document for Intelligent Design
- The Horse's Mouth by Brian Poindexter (PDF file)
- The Smoking Gun - Intelligent Design IS Creationism! by Dave Thomas