Wednesday, January 12, 2005

ID is not about religion? ID proponents speak out

Phillip Johnson

The second goal was to establish a position which would tend to unify the religious world. ...

It would involve the simple question of creation - do you need a Creator to do the creating, or don't you.

In the beginning was the Word - in the beginning God created: true or false.

State of the Wedge address, DDD2

It's a great time to be a young Christian who is excited about using his or her mind in the service of the Lord because we will discover that "in the beginning was the Word" is fact not fantasy. It's as true scientifically as it is spiritually or Biblically or whatever....

And it's through this spiritual understanding, I think, ... it's the right entry into the whole Biblical system of thinking.

Northshore Church, 2002

William Dembski

If we take seriously the word-flesh Christology of Chalcedon (i.e. the doctrine that Christ is fully human and fully divine) and view Christ as the telos toward which God is drawing the whole of creation, then any view of the sciences that leaves Christ out of the picture must be seen as fundamentally deficient.

(William Dembski, Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology, Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press, 1999)

The world is a mirror representing the divine life... Intelligent design readily embraces the sacramental nature of physical reality. Indeed, intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.

"Since Darwin, we can no longer believe that a benevolent God created us in His image,'Intelligent Design opens the whole possibility of us being created in the image of a benevolent God. The job of apologetics is to clear the ground, to clear obstacles that prevent people from coming to the knowledge of Christ., And if there's anything that I think has blocked the growth of Christ as the free reign of the Spirit and people accepting the Scripture and Jesus Christ, it is the Darwinian naturalistic view. It's important that we understand the world. God has created it; Jesus is incarnate in the world."

Jonathan Wells

He [Reverend Moon] also spoke out against the evils in the world; among them, he frequently criticized Darwin's theory that living things originated without God's purposeful, creative activity. ...

Father's words, my studies, and my prayers convinced me that I should devote my life to destroying Darwinism.

John Calvert

God is using this [debate] to bring people to know Him better, commented IDN's John Calvert, citing Romans 1:18-32. This passage teaches that God is revealed in nature, but those who reject Him and worship the 'creature' instead are given over to unrighteousness.

Article in Family Voice

Robert Lattimer

"If you want to say something about the designer, that's religion and not science," Lattimer says. "It's God, sure," he answers when pressed for his own belief. "But everyone doesn't have to say that. I suppose it goes back to the status of the legal situation, that if they can pin down [who ID proponents think the designer is], it might affect" whether the courts view ID as an attempt to endorse a religious belief.

Nancy Pearcey

Our view of origins shapes our understanding of ethics, law, education- and yes, even sexuality. If life on earth is a product of blind, purposeless natural causes, then our own lives are cosmic accidents. There's no source of transcendent moral guidelines, no unique dignity for human life. On the other hand, if life is the product of foresight and design, then you and I were meant to be here. In God's revelation we have a solid basis for morality, purpose, and dignity.

See also Claim CI001.1: Intelligent Design (ID) is scientific, not religious.

and The horse's mouth

If ID were about science, where then is the scientific hypothesis of intelligent design?

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