Take a step back to ponder intelligent design theory

Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 10:22 p.m.
The raging debate over Intelligent Design (ID) could quickly be brought under control if the antagonists would step back and think clearly.
Nothing is to be gained in the classrooms of America by appealing for creationism to be presented as science. The anatomy professor might as well try to explain the virgin birth to his students.
On the other hand, gaps in conventional evolution are abundant. Let us focus on those. There can be no logical reason to oppose an honest inquiry into these mysteries, unless the defenders of the faith find it repugnant to question the conventional wisdom.
A great many scientists support some element of ID while rejecting any suggestion of religion. An eminent pair of cosmologists, neither of whom has displayed any trace of religious faith, but who have a clear understanding of the great power of mathematics, declared: ". . . that a living organism emerged by chance from a pre-biotic soup is about as likely as that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein."
I nominate them as poster boys for the ID cause.
Robert Ausband, Gainesville

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