Intelligent Design is merely a "God of the gaps" argument against naturalistic evolution.
10 Myths Related to Science and ChristianityComments by Glen Leckman
DEFINITION of Intelligent Design: "certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection." - Discovery Institute
Based on the teleological argument for God - the apparent purpose and design found in universe lead to conclusion there is a designer. The same argument is commonly used in forensics, e.g. CSI tv show.
Key figures: William Paley, Charles Thaxton, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Bill Dembski, Guillermo Gonzalez, Stephen C Meyer, Jonathon Welles, Discovery Institute, Reasons To Believe
Anthropic principle = the conclusion that the universe, Milky Way Galaxy, solar system & earth are all exquisitely fine tuned or engineered so human life can exist & flourish
Martin Rees - 6 dimensionless constants found in nature that are exactly right value
Popular Explanations for Why the Universe exits as it does (from Paul Davies - Goldilocks Enigma)
God of the Gaps explanation =substitutes extraordinary explanations where ordinary explanations will do; e.g. a>b>c>*#*>e>f where *#*= God did it. Later, step d is found, but this is not accepted as refutation of God
C.A. Coulson - "When we come to the scientifically unknown, our correct position is not to rejoice because we have found God; it is to become better scientists."
Behe's irreducible complexity & Dembski's complex specified information seek to define limits to evolution
Argument against I.D: Intelligent Design is not falsifiable and therefore is not science
Argument against I.D: Intelligent Design does not provide predictions and therefore is not science
The Scientific Method =:
In Creation as Science Hugh Ross makes dozens of predictions from the 4 prominent creation & evolution models
Summary God of the Gaps = no scientific explanation = proof of God
Intelligent Design = The apparent purpose and design found in universe lead to conclusion there is a designer based on:
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