August 23, 2005

The mysterious

I have been looking for the right way to express how I feel about the intelligent design theory. The short answer is that I think it is both lazy science and lazy Christianity. But Kate has posted the perfect quote:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

-Albert Einstein

What I mean by this is that I think what the ID people are attempting is perverse because it is an attempt to take the mystery (and the meaning!) out of religion. For example, what if they turn out to be right and the mechanism resulting in the formation of blood clots could not have evolved by natural processes and is irrefutable evidence of intelligent design. What has been achieved? There would no longer be any role for faith. What if it is subsequently discovered that there is an evolutionary explaination for clotting involving stepwise adaptation of e.g. digestive enzymes. Would that mean we should doubt God's existence?


At August 25, 2005 9:15 AM , Blogger Matt_J said...

These guys are saying that evolution (and the consequent vibrant diversity of Earth's life (the 'ball of feverish algae and germs')) is not consistent with their view of the creator. The slack-jawed louts leave me slack-jawed for their lack of faith and ambition. Has it never occured to them that their mysterious creator, with infinite wisdom, may even have created evolution? Why do they cede the battlefield and defend only tiny domains like the eyeball and swimming bacteria as evidence of the hand of the eternal one? Why buy milk when you can own the cow?

At August 25, 2005 2:00 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Evangelical scientists refute gravity with new 'Intelligent Falling' theory. See:


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