A pause before I hit Global Warming. I’ve had some exchanges with others who seem to misunderstand what Intelligent Design (ID) is. ID is not just the idea that there is a creator behind the universe. ID is a fundamentalist Christian backdoor attempt to get their version of creationism taught in the schools gussied-up to look like Science. It is not a science and doesn’t even come close, but they are loud and have deep pockets—a dangerous combination anytime. There is no need to slap our beautiful Mormon doctrines and theology with such silly and ill-conceived ideas. Nor do you need to embrace such nonsense to have a faithful vision of a creator behind the universe. There are a number of faithful responses that fully embrace science (including evolution) and don’t disregard its most basic findings: For example try:
Catholic biologist Ken Miller’s Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul or his Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution;
Presbyterian minister and philosopher Rolston Holems III’s Genes, Genesis and God: Values and their Origins in Natural and Human History;
Anglican scientist and minister Arthur Peacocke’s All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty-First Century (literally written on his death bed–a profound expression of faith, the last chapter is worth the price of the book);
Catholic Theologian Hans Küng’s The Beginning of All Things;
Quaker historian of Science Owen Gingerich’s God’s Universe;
In all of these a profound and mature view of science and of faith is found. ID is dismissed by all of them as unnecessary and harmful, and they all believe in God and in the creation. Please don’t muddy Mormonism with such a disastrous take on the creation and science as ID proposes.