Why Intelligent Design Belongs in Social Studies Class
John BolerOctober 31, 2005 - 6:41am0 comments
For what can be known about God is perfectly plain...since God himself has made it plain. Ever since God created the world, his everlasting power and deity-however invisible-have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made” (Rom 1:19–20). Doubtless many believers over the centuries have found Paul’s intuition obvious. Immanuel Kant, no fan of proofs for the existence of God, says he was still moved by the argument from design. Even the nonbeliever has to be impressed at least with the beautiful symmetry of snowflakes or of the nautilus. With the long history of interest in intelligent design then, what is the problem with “intelligent design” (ID)? The answer is rather complex, as it always is in dealing with an appealingly simple but misleading claim. Unsurprisingly, extremists on both sides of this controversy want to make it simple. One side holds that an underlying purpose of modern science, evolutionary theory in particular, has been to discredit religion and replace it with a “secular outlook.” Extremists on the other side are only too ready to accept the charge.
The debate over intelligent design has been playing out recently in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where a group of parents are seeking to remove ID from their local school’s curriculum. Testifying before the court in September, Georgetown University professor John F. Haught said that intelligent design is very similar to creationism and should be...