Some say that only a small number of Christians believe in Creation (Personally I do not think this can be backed up with any sort of accurate data.) and that ID is a disguised version of Creation that was developed in order to ‘slip‘ Creation into public schools.
Evolutionists prefer to take this approach to Intelligent Design although there is much evidence that it isn’t this at all. With this approach, evolutionist believe they have won the battle, considering how the “Supreme” court has handled the matter with the rulings made since 1947 that have consistently ruled against any public recognition of religion or deity. Most profess to believe (and have convinced their followers that) Creation is a religion. If it can be called religion then those who make mention of such a taboo subject can immediately be subjected to a disciplinary action. If asked what religion ID or even Creationism is they would actually be hard-pressed to answer. A religion needs to be identified by its creed, doctrine, practices, and/or teachings. I suggest that even if ID is a version of Creationism, neither of them are religions, but rather tenets of many religions.
Those who believe that ID is Creationism in disguise believe also that people like Philip Johnson, William Dembski, Michael Behe, and those at the Discovery Institute have sufficiently ‘incriminated’ themselves to the point that there is no reason to discuss the matter. Intelligent Design is not science, but rather a religious idea or theory and we must keep this idea of intelligence out of the classroom.
I am going to be so bold as to suggest that ideas belong in classrooms and certainly an idea of this magnitude should be considered by students!
Philip Johnson is known as the father of the theory of Intelligent Design. He said a great deal more than what those who hate the idea of ID like to quote. He has had two strokes and is still extremely able. Here is a short paragraph written by Dr. Johnson. His teachings are very interesting and may be read on the link provided:
A philosophy of naturalism or materialism is what generates the Darwinian theory. It’s what generates the certainty that only unintelligent natural forces were involved in evolution, which is to say in the creative process that brought our kind into existence as well as all the animals and all the plants. That is all a non-negotiable claim on their part. And why is it a non-negotiable claim? Because if the naturalistic starting point isn’t valid—if it isn’t completely correct—then something else must have happened. What is that something else? It’s something that they don’t like that might get a foothold in science itself.
It is the last sentence that seems to strike fear into the heart of every evolutionist. This fascinates me. Aristotle is quoted as saying:
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Since we know that students are able to think, interpret, and draw conclusions, should we fear allowing them access to information? What is it about the mention of Intelligent Design or even Creationism that is too dangerous in the minds of evolutionists for students to hear. Do modern day scientists disagree with Aristotle? Should students not be allowed to read the essays of Dr. Philip Johnson?
We are not the first generation to attempt to keep information from the minds of students, but we are probably the first generation to do so while calling the practice ‘good science.’
Michael DeBakey said:
The natural history of science is the study of the unknown. If you fear it you’re not going to study it and you’re not going to make any progress.
Certainly the origin of man is an area that is unknown in so much as it predates written history. Yet I believe it is fear that would shut out any mention of creation or intelligence in a science classroom. Darwin, himself, probably would not approve of this.
Should we continue the policy that triggered the video by Ben Stein, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed?
When we clear away all the political rhetoric and stop to think about what we have done in the USA, we have allowed generations to grow up in institutions of learning where an entire body of thought and knowledge has been kept secret.
I suggest that we in America have become like the people Paul described in Romans 1:22:
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…
We have confused our most prized possessions, our children by allowing them to read:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”
But failing to teach them of Intelligent Design in nature.