Many supporters of intelligent design will attempt to pass it off as a non-religious idea. They claim that there is a supernatural force that created everything, but intentionally leave it ambiguous as to what exactly that force is. Of course, it isn't difficult to see what they mean.
The "theories" of creationism and intelligent design cannot even be called such. A theory is something that can be tested and falsified. There is no way to apply the scientific method to either of those two things; therefore, they have no place in the realm of science.
Of course, that will not stop people from subscribing to such beliefs. They (and I am talking about Christians in Western nations, of course) have a book that purports to tell them the truth of the life and the universe. When compared to science, certain things just don't mesh well. How does the bible account for dinosaurs or other fossils when the earth is only 6,000 years old? This is only one example of an outright conflict between science and a literal interpretation of scripture.
Unfortunately, even with faced with evidence (both for scientific claims and against biblical claims), people refuse to budge. They insist that their millenia-old book has all the answers because it is easy to do so. Don't understand something? Well, God did it. How could a man survive for three days in the belly of any aquatic creature? God made it happen. How could a woman just turn into salt? God.
When you stop believing in the Bible as literal truth, a whole new set of problems opens up. If Genesis is an allegory, then there was no original sin. If there was no original sin, then mankind was never eternally punished with sin. If mankind was never eternally punished with sin, then there was no need for Jesus to die for our sins. It's a vicious chain reaction of problems, and those people who believe in a 6,000-year-old, intelligently-designed/created earth see evolution as an affront to their beliefs, simply because their narrow interpretation of a really old book leaves no room for it.
· 1 decade ago