Having said what I wanted to say about Intelligent Design, I made a quiet
promise to myself that I wouldn’t make any on-site responses to the
bazillion emails I knew I would get. There was one thing, however, that so
many people told me, I do think it deserves a collective response.
The thing they told me was, that in describing I.D. as “the theory that life
on earth has developed by a series of supernatural miracles performed by the
God of the Christian Bible, for which it is pointless to seek any
naturalistic explanation,” I was grossly mis-characterizing the “theory.”
I.D. is, these legions of readers told me, an entirely scientific approach
– statistics! information theory! mathematics!! — which has nothing
whatever to do with hauling in God to explain the unexplained, and which has
no connection whatever with that silly old Creationism. People like the
Discovery Institute, who promote I.D., are not religious fundamentalists
(they tell me), and are not trying to put God in the science classroom.
Nothing of the sort! No! Absolutely not!
All right, here’s my response: “Thanks for writing! Yours sincerely, Marie