This is one of those subjects that you’re lucky if you can find two people in your entire hometown who can discuss it rationally, intelligently, without screaming themselves blue in the face. I’m pretty sure my blog-readers are those people in their respective hometowns. 😉
As you all know, “Intelligent Design” is the most recent euphemism for “creationism,” that is, the belief that the universe was created by God. In our modern society this belief is almost always contrasted with “Evolution,” which is (in the eyes of the general public) the belief that the universe happened by chance.
If I were a scientist I would immediately point out that Darwin said extremely little about the origins of the universe. His area of interest was the “origin of the species” and he documented well the course of evolution among living things. The idea that the universe happened by chance is called the “Big Bang Theory.” Different ballgame entirely.
But I’m not a scientist. I’m just a fairly intelligent, educated person who believes in God. I see no reason why creationism and evolution need to be mutually exclusive. God could have used a tool called “evolution” in His creation of the universe, or maybe one called “big bang,” and likewise the unfolding of evolution or of the universe could have been assisted by a Higher Power. It’s all speculative anyway.
The problem is most “Big Bangers” and “Intelligent Designers” can’t stand each other. If you’ve heard one side of the argument, chances are good you may not have really been given the opportunity to hear the other side (unless you insisted on doing so) because your parents/schoolteacher/pastor/professor (whoever) STRONGLY discouraged you from even LISTENING to the other side because they are so obviously IDIOTS. (Can you tell I’m getting really sick of the polarization of every single topic of discussion in our society? But I digress…)
Speaking as someone who learned Big Bang and Evolution in school, I have never had the opportunity to hear what the ID people had to say… until a couple weeks ago when a friend introduced me to an ID educational film. If you’d like to share in the experience, here’s a link to a clip of the movie: Unlocking the Mystery of Life.
I can’t say the movie changed my views any. As a musician, I have always known you won’t get Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony by taking a tape recorder to downtown Manhattan and hitting “record”. Beautiful music requires a composer. By the same token, a beautiful world requires a creator. But the movie did give me more — a lot more — to marvel at.