“intelligent design.” Some advocates of Darwinian  “intelligent design” (ID) with “creationism,” sometimes using the term “intelligent design creationism.”1 In fact, intelligent design is quite different from “creationism,” as even some of its critics have acknowledged. Why, then, do some Darwinists keep trying to identify ID with creationism?  It is a rhetorical strategy on the part of those who wish to delegitimize design theory without actually addressing the merits of its case.

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  4. Fine tuning theory is called Anthropic Principle— Anthropic means “relating to human beings or their existence.” Principle means “law.” The Anthropic Principle is the Law of Human Existence.
    Anthropic Principle: Would be a good Google study.

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  8. Oliver Farmer says:

    I was just watching a You Tube video how, if the tolerances of the Universe had been off by even the tiniest of degrees, we would not be alive, or if we did survive, we would not be able to move our bodies at all. It showed how the Universe was perfectly designed for Human beings as the main life form. Makes logical minds wonder how Chaos, non-intelligent, non-sentient ‘natural’ processes could have gotten sooooooo MUCH soooooo PERFECT for us to be alive here. LOGIC says it couldn’t have. We cannot recreate such a ‘big bang’ that could result in even a majority of all the very tight tolerances with which our universe is endowed. And isn’t truth in science established by the ability to recreate a thing? No, we cannot recreate the universe but that does not equate to proof that random chaos did! THINK people!!

  9. Fine tuning theory is called Anthropic Principle— Anthropic means “relating to human beings or their existence.” Principle means “law.” The Anthropic Principle is the Law of Human Existence.
    Anthropic Principle: Would be a good Google study.

  10. Argument against Fine Tuning is the Multiverse Theory
    The multiverse theory was invented to explain away the clear evidence of design in the universe along with the fact that the universe is finely-tuned to support life

  11. IDTheFuture.com is a good podcast with ID subjects. I say good and not great because its subjects can be pretty heavy on the scientific analysis. Almost an echo chamber of scientist taking the same language but I can pick up a lot of the major stuff they are discussing.

  12. I like that. “Designer or what was presented in school?”

    Darwin’s black box (no transitional fossisl/no lucy)

    Universe
    Earth
    Cell

  13. Ascotti Michochan says:

    Yes but who is the creator? Space aliens? What hand guided all this process? Deity or God I have studied the legitimacy of the Bible outside the bible.

    Earth spherical in nature.
    Cleaning surgical instruments,
    pooping away from camp,
    revelations that were predicated that came true and are still unfolding and being discovered today.
    Accounts in revelation that are being discovered to this day.
    Dead sea scrolls and revelation that continue to come true.
    Judeo Christian values shaped our unique country.

  14. Victim of Romance says:

    Do we know this “creator.?”
    What concrete themes (truths) in Bible
    This is how I can have security in knowing what I believe is true and detect what isn’t. (Uncomfortable and Whoa!) I believe it is complete until Jesus comes riding back through the clouds on white horse with trumpets blaring.

  15. The multiverse theory was invented to explain away the clear evidence of design in the universe along with the fact that the universe is finely-tuned to support life.

  16. Bill Hennesy says:

    Fine tuning theory is called Anthropic Principle— Anthropic means “relating to human beings or their existence.” Principle means “law.” The Anthropic Principle is the Law of Human Existence.
    Anthropic Principle: Would be a good Google study.

  17. ACLU doc had just 2 arguments that ID uses

    1 No transitional fossils-
    2 Irreducible Complexity – Mouse Trap- They use Discovery Institute’s Michael Behe explanation “irreducible complexity”

    a description of organisms that are so complex that they could not come into existence gradually. He uses a mousetrap as an example: a mousetrap has many different parts, and if one of them did not work, you wouldn’t have an inferior mousetrap, rather your mousetrap would not work at all. Therefore, the mousetrap couldn’t work at all until all the parts were in place. In biology, structures that don’t function are weeded out by natural selection, so Behe concludes that complex biological systems must have been designed with all their parts in place as well.

  18. Is Intelligent Design Creationism?

    No. The theory of intelligent design is simply an effort to empirically detect whether the “apparent design” in nature acknowledged by virtually all biologists is genuine design (the product of an intelligent cause) or is simply the product of an undirected process such as natural selection acting on random variations.

    Natural selection sounds an awful lot like, isn’t nature amazing. Nature did it.

  19. Qwerty Keyboard says:

    I was just watching a You Tube video how, if the tolerances of the Universe had been off by even the tiniest of degrees, we would not be alive, or if we did survive, we would not be able to move our bodies at all. It showed how the Universe was perfectly designed for Human beings as the main life form. Makes logical minds wonder how Chaos, non-intelligent, non-sentient ‘natural’ processes could have gotten sooooooo MUCH soooooo PERFECT for us to be alive here. LOGIC says it couldn’t have. We cannot recreate such a ‘big bang’ that could result in even a majority of all the very tight tolerances with which our universe is endowed. And isn’t truth in science established by the ability to recreate a thing? No, we cannot recreate the universe but that does not equate to proof that random chaos did! THINK people!!

  20. Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether various natural structures are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination thereof. Such research is conducted by observing the types of information produced when intelligent agents act. Scientists then seek to find objects which have those same types of informational properties which we commonly know come from intelligence. Intelligent design has applied these scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures, the complex and specified information content in DNA, the life-sustaining physical architecture of the universe, and the geologically rapid origin of biological diversity in the fossil record during the Cambrian explosion approximately 530 million years ago.

  21. Every scientist acknowledges that our solar system is evidently fine-tuned for life best explanation I can come up with is that it was designed. I don’t see evidence for chance.

  22. Creationism typically starts with a religious text and tries to see how the findings of science can be reconciled to it. Intelligent design starts with the empirical evidence of nature and seeks to ascertain what inferences can be drawn from that evidence. Unlike creationism, the scientific theory of intelligent design does not claim that modern biology can identify whether the intelligent cause detected through science is supernatural.

  23. Honest critics of intelligent design acknowledge the difference between intelligent design and creationism. University of Wisconsin historian of science Ronald Numbers is critical of intelligent design, yet according to the Associated Press, he “agrees the creationist label is inaccurate when it comes to the ID [intelligent design] movement.”

    Why, then, do some Darwinists keep trying to conflate intelligent design with creationism? According to Dr. Numbers, it is because they think such claims are “the easiest way to discredit intelligent design.” In other words, the charge that intelligent design is “creationism” is a rhetorical strategy on the part of Darwinists who wish to delegitimize design theory without actually addressing the merits of its case.

  24. IMO: Every scientist acknowledges that our solar system is evidently fine-tuned for life best explanation I can come up with is that it was designed. I don’t see evidence for chance.

  25. Gary Hinkle says:

    Designer or what was presented in school? Darwin’s black box (no transitional fossisl/no lucy)
    Universe
    Earth
    Cell

  26. Nicole Green says:

    Earth spherical in nature. Cleaning surgical instruments, pooping away from camp, revelations that were predicated that came true and are still unfolding and being discovered today.

  27. Gazing at Stars says:

    This is how I can have security in knowing what I believe is true and detect what isn’t. (Uncomfortable and Whoa!)

  28. I think these are the top ID sites for info and resources- Most are interconnected
    ID.org, Discovery.org, Discovery Institute— plus Illustra media “works closily with DI”
    Illustra media: https://illustramedia.com “Woring closely wht the Discovery Instatute” “Illustra Media is based in Southern California. It is comprised of a team of writers, cinematographers, animators, and producers, each committed to the search for truth about the origin of life and the universe.”
    IM: Privelaged Planet, Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet, and Darwin’s Dilemma.
    Their youtube is Discovery Science
    https://www.youtube.com/c/DiscoveryScienceChannel/videos

  29. ICR.edu is Instatue for Creation Research—Not connected to other IDThe School of Biblical Apologetics (SOBA) is a formal education arm of the Institute for Creation Research

  30. Ashley Holland says:

    Magiscenter ID… but is taught by Catholic
    Ravi Zacharias also has videos online and books on the proofs as well.Also, Hugh Ross presents some intriguing proofs and he is comes from the scientific perspective.
    http://www.reasonablefaith.org/media is drcrag—might be worth watching via Youtube.—dr craig does pod casts every week and I have loaded a few in itunes that I thought sounded interesting 9-16— website store doesn’t really have any “most sold” packages

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