Intelligent Design is NOT Creationism


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3 Responses to Intelligent Design is NOT Creationism

  1. John the Skeptic says:

    Good old Bill Dembski! He once famously said “Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John’s Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.”

    Maybe he’s not the best person to advocate that ID is not a form of creationism.

  2. Maybe you should look at the difference between creationism and ID on the net and their definitions there are also other videos here that may help you understand the difference.


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  3. John the Skeptic says:

    I’m not sure what is wrong with the definition of intelligent design from Dembski that I quoted above. It is clear. It is concise. It’s only shortcoming seems to be that it requires readers to pull out their Bibles to read the Gospel of John to understand what Dembski means by intelligent design. But if you think it would be helpful, I’m willing to go along with your suggestion.

    The most famous definitions of intelligent design and creationism are the ones that came to light in the course of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, where the book “Of Pandas and People” by the Dover School District was one of the issues in the case. The book had a lengthy history, going through several drafts before its eventual publication. An early draft, made shortly before the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard, contained this definition:

    “Creation means that the various forms of life began abruptly through the agency of an intelligent creator with their distinctive features already intact. Fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, and wings, etc.”

    Well that seems clear enough, and it’s broad enough to cover the various forms of creationism, including both young-Earth creationism (YEC) and old-Earth creationism (OEC). But the “Pandas” book was revised right after the Edwards was released, and it now contained a definition of intelligent design. Let’s take a look at that:

    “Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency, with their distinctive features already intact. Fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, wings, etc.”

    Hmm . . . I have to tell you, I don’t really see a significant difference.

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