Listen UP on Intelligent Design
Posted by madcap on February 24, 2008
The bottom line in this debate is that random, unguided natural processes accounting for all of existence is far from scientific fact. Science has in no way killed God. In the realm of physics we have the totally open possibility that some sort of “intelligence” has “fine tuned” the cosmos. One can come to this conclusion without invoking Christianity. With recent findings in biology, we find the same sort of incomprehensible complexity that in fact has fingerprints of some sort of designer. For me, this is a matter of common sense rather than religious dogma. Science, like all man made institutions, runs the risk of hubris.
I think that “hidden” agendas on both sides of the debate distort the real issues and questions at hand. No doubt people of faith, unforutinatly many fundamental Christians, drive the arguments for design. Often these folks do more damage and disservice than bring legitimacy to the cause.
But on the other side, many atheist use science to prop up their personal belief system. Fundamentalism is a two edged sword in this debate. Many scientist have a prior commitment to the non existence of God that is just as powerful as some Christians commitment to the literal interpretation of Genesis. Often gay science turns a blind eye to what their own evidence points toward.
From Jay Richards, Proud Obstacles, p. 32
“Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises. In spite of the tolerance of the scientific community of unsubstantiated just-so-stories, because we have a prior commitment to materialism. It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”