I’ve noticed that people who criticize Intelligent Design are often enough very confused or ignorant about the theory.
They might point out that many features seem very un-intelligently designed – for example the blind spot in the human eye, or how bees die from stinging even once. What a foolish and unwise Designer!
They might point out the imperfections in life forms – for example cancer and aging and mutations. What a shortsighted and careless Designer!
They might point out the cruelty and horrificness of certain features – for example the sting of a parasitoid wasp that depoists an egg inside a caterpillar, which eventually hatches into a worm that eats the caterpillar alive from the inside out. What an evil and malevolent Designer!
From remarks such as these, I deduce that these critics are confusing Intelligent Design with Christianity.
Intelligent Design doesn’t require an all-surpassingly intelligent Designer – just one intelligent enough to put together the remarkably complex, detailed construct that is life.
Intelligent Design doesn’t require a perfect and infallible Designer – just one who eventually succeeds in designing life.
Intelligent Design doesn’t require that the Designer be good, kind and benevolent and make only cuddly creatures – just that the Designer is intelligent. It ain’t called Friendly Design Theory, if you’ve noticed, duh!
Christianity is the one which requires an omnipotent, omniscient, all-wise, perfect, good and living Creator (i.e. God)… Not Intelligent Design.
Now, many proponents of Intelligent Design may indeed be practising Christians – but that doesn’t make the two one and the same.
After all, most of Lenin’s, Stalin’s, Mao’s and Pol Pot’s communist butchers were atheists, but that doesn’t mean that godless atheism – where man is the supreme moral decider and is not accountable to any higher moral authority – had anything to do with… Oh, wait. Never mind.
So get your facts and heads on straight, you dizzy ignoramuses.
PS. And by the way, if you want to chip in and object that the blind spots, mutations and waspy-chestbursters prove that the Christian God is not perfect and smart and loving – already prepared for ya.