- Jan 31, 2009
It is time to take stock: What has the intelligent design movement achieved? As science, nothing. The goal of science is to increase our understanding of the natural world, and there is not a single phenomenon that we understand better today or are likely to understand better in the future through the efforts of ID theorists. If we are to look for ID achievements, then, it must be in the realm of natural theology. And there, I think, the movement must be judged not only a failure, but a debacle.
The above is an assessment of the state of intelligent design by a Christian physicist at a conservative journal. He goes on to describe a pretty good contrast of what intelligent design has actually done versus the actual intended outcome:
Very few religious skeptics have been made more open to religious belief because of ID arguments. These arguments not only have failed to persuade, they have done positive harm by convincing many people that the concept of an intelligent designer is bound up with a rejection of mainstream science.
It gets interesting in the areas that discuss the older theological arguments and their use of nature and there's some interesting thoughts on the disconnect between the scientist that have rejected intelligent design and still believe in a god vs the proponents of ID who are pretty much stuck with having to make anti-scientific arguments because of how they've framed their position. This also comes with the usual debate about what intelligent design actually is and how it's been presented by different people.
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