Friday, December 14, 2007


The Science of God

I'm just tucking this away here for future use.

The problem for ID has always been how to signal to their intended audience that ID is supposed to provide evidence for the existence of God while, at the same time, keeping up the pretense that ID is just science, so they can get it into public schools, in one form or another, despite the Constitution. Sometimes they simply send both messages at once and pretend there is no conflict at all. That is the case with this latest pronouncement by William Dembski in an interview in the friendly confines of CitizenLink, the house organ for James Dobson's Focus on the Family:

4. Does your research conclude that God is the Intelligent Designer?

I believe God created the world for a purpose. The Designer of intelligent design is, ultimately, the Christian God.

The focus of my writings is not to try to understand the Christian doctrine of creation; it's to try to develop intelligent design as a scientific program.
That's their agenda: to present ID as "scientific" proof not just of any old God, but of the Christian God. But ID ain't about religion ... perish the thought!

Via Pharyngula.

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Even if one accepts (for the sake of argument only) ID's conclusion that there is a designer, it's a non sequitur to jump from there to the conclusion that the designer is a particular God, such as Yahweh.

If ID is science, how do they propose to test their hypothesis that Yahweh specifically is the designer?
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