In my article New Evolution I argued “Intelligent Design” was neither “Intelligent” nor a “Design” and it was in no way Science. I am pleased to report yesterday the Vatican’s chief astronomer, the
Rev. George Coyne, joined me in proclaiming Intelligent Design as a
fraud masquerading as faith:
Intelligent design isn’t science even though it pretends to
be. If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be
taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science.
Rev. Coyne runs The Vatican Observatory and that is one of the oldest
and most respected research programs for astronomy in the world. Rev.
Coyne went on to say:
If they [those who push “Intelligent Design” as a science]
respect the results of modern science, and indeed the best of modern
biblical research, religious believers must move away from the notion
of a dictator God or a designer God, a Newtonian God who made the
universe as a watch that ticks along regularly. God in his infinite
freedom continuously creates a world that reflects that freedom at all
levels of the evolutionary process to greater and greater complexity.
He is not continually intervening, but rather allows, participates,
The problem with “Intelligent Design” is that it is Creationism and not
Science and you know this simply because Science is the ongoing
discovery of knowledge and the seeking of momentary answers to
continued and changing questions.
Nothing is ever absolute or sacrosanct in Science.
There is no search for meaning in Science.
Science is about wondering and pushing the envelope of the unknown.
Creationism and its “Intelligent Design” argument provokes nothing but
stasis and the end of wonderment and imagination: We don’t need to keep
asking or discovering because all is known and finite and decided.