Education and Current Events
Why It Matters! - All Truth is Godís Truth
Intelligent Design is a growing, but inherently flawed way to explain the origins question. For the last two centuries the origins battle has been primarily between Biblical Creation and evolutionism. For most of the 19th century Biblical Creation was the dominant belief, not only among the general population, but also among most scientists. With the publication of Darwinís Origin of the Species the pendulum began to swing towards evolutionism, by the 1920ís most scientists and a significant section of the population had jumped on the evolutionist bandwagon. Not until 1961 with the publication of the Genesis Flood by Morris and Whitcomb did the pendulum began to slowly swing back to Biblical Creation. How effective Biblical Creationists have been in educating Americans on the facts of Creation was given an unintended salute in the evolutionist magazine Scientific American. In the December 2007 edition are the findings of a 2006 poll by Michigan State University that found that about 35% of US adults reject evolutionism compared to 20% of adults in Europe who reject it. Over the years other polls have found that the number of US adults who believe in a recent Creation was closer to 45%. Clearly the educational efforts of Biblical Creationists have had an effect on the people of America. Creation research has also had the result of shaking loose many secret skeptics in the evolutionary establishment. An unintended result of all of this has been the dramatic growth of the Intelligent Design Movement.
The Intelligent Design Movement (ID) began to get some attention on the 1980ís with the writings of Berkeley University Law Professor Philip Johnson and New Zealand biochemist Michael Denton. Their books began undermine the foundation of evolutionism, but it was the publication of Darwinís Black Box by Michael Behe that really unleashed a torrent of anti-evolution scientific research and a torrent of denunciations from the evolutionist establishment. Intelligent Design
proponents do reject atheistic evolutionism, but after that there is wide divergence of beliefs. Both Philip Johnson and Michael Behe identify themselves as Christian, but are clearly theistic evolutionists. Michael Denton is unclear as to his spiritual beliefs and would best be described as agnostic. What is abundantly clear about these men and almost ID proponents is that they do not consider the Bible to be Godís Word and therefore do not consider it to be an accurate history of Godís actions in the Universe.
Many of the findings of ID proponents are excellent as evidence either for Creation or against atheistic evolutionism, but always keep in mind that believing some form of Intelligent Design is not the same thing as belief in Biblical Creation. ID starts from looking at nature to see the evidence for design, whereas Biblical Creation starts by believing what God has told us in His Word. Where you start out will determine where you end up, so it is very important to always keep Godís Word as your standard of truth.