Newspaper logo  
 
 
  'Intelligent Design' Is a Placeholder for any Religion

REPLY:

'Intelligent Design' Is a Placeholder for any Religion

by Jozsef Ludvig

"There is absolutely no hint of a proof in Darwin's work or biography for the idea that Darwin used an atheist premise."
Mr. David Plyler presents an inconsistent view in his letter. He says:
"Intelligent Design does not postulate a God and is not about religion."
But in reality, by leaving the name and identity of the designer unknown, ID becomes a placeholder for any religion while narrowly escaping the definition of a religion itself. But it can still not pose for science because it starts with the premise that a supernatural force had to be involved in the creation of life from inorganic matter. In order to prove this premise it then invents the non-empirical device of irreducible complexity which is just a typical God-Of-The-Gaps and cannot explain anything by itself. The resulting negative inference of a supernatural force from empirical ignorance is, by definition, neither a scientific subject nor consistent with the scientific method. Thus ID is not science.

The only scientific version of ID possible would involve a natural designer, but such a space alien hypothesis fails to have any attributes that could be of interest for anyone but members of the Raelian sect.

After having set up such a transparent deception, he continues with with an obvious lie:

"Darwinism begins with a premise of atheism....Darwin began his concept of naturalistic explanations in order to refute religion with atheism."
There is absolutely no hint of a proof in Darwin's work or biography for the idea that Darwin used an atheist premise. Maybe Mr. Plyler could point us to his historical evidence?

And even if he had such proof, it would not make the least of a difference for the modern theory of evolution, which is a perfectly scientific theory supported by overwhelming evidence. But he conveniently fails to mention that. To him, an invented historical lie extinguishes any trace of physical evidence.

Darwin, in his work as a scientist, was a naturalist. At the heart of Mr. Plyler's split tongue argument is the notion of many religious people that naturalism, simply because it fails to mention God, is an atheist construct. But this is absolutely incorrect.

Naturalism is the belief that nature is completely self-contained and self-consistent. Where atheism makes an explicit statement about gods, naturalism does not. If one logically negates any possible statement of naturalism, it will still not contain anything about super-natural beings. But if one negates atheism, one has to end up with the basic tenet of any religion that there are supernatural beings, thus where atheism is essentially anti-religion, naturalism is simply logically disjoint.

Ultimately, the inconsistency in his argument lies in the belief of ID not being religious because it does not mention ANY PARTICULAR supernatural being, while he accuses Darwinism, which does not mention God at all, of being atheist.

His other musings about micro- vs. macro- evolution and the missing fossil record are desperate fantasies to keep his belief in his own inconsistent premises alive. They are hardly worthy of a reply.


Copyright © 2005 The Baltimore Chronicle. All rights reserved.

Republication or redistribution of Baltimore Chronicle content is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.

This story was published on August 30, 2005.

 
Local News & Opinion

Ref. : Civic Events

Ref. : Arts & Education Events

Ref. : Public Service Notices

Travel
Books, Films, Arts & Education

02.27 How to Make College Cheaper

Letters
Open Letters:

Ref. : Letters to the editor

Health Care & Environment

02.28 Prince William will take plight of Africa's elephants 'behind enemy lines' in China

02.26 Shell shelves plan for tar sands project in face of low oil prices

02.25 Obama blocks Republicans' Keystone pipeline bill in rare veto

02.25 Driverless big rigs: new technologies aim to make trucking greener and safer

02.25 Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'

News Media

02.27 CBS Has Released the Falklands Protest Footage Bill O'Reilly Asked For. It Doesn't Support His Claims. [13:41 video]

02.26 America’s cult of the newscaster-hero has swallowed itself

Daily FAIR Blog
The Daily Howler

US Politics, Policy & Culture

02.28 Eight dead in Missouri shooting rampage at multiple crime scenes, police say

02.28 Texas school on lockdown after spate of apparently random shootings

02.28 Gun-rights advocates fight Obama over ban on 'military-grade' AR-15 bullets

02.27 SPIEGEL Interview with Naomi Klein: 'The Economic System We Have Created Global Warming'

02.27 The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet?

02.27 DC legalises recreational marijuana despite GOP opposition in Congress

02.26 This Billionaire Governor Taxed the Rich and Increased the Minimum Wage -- Now, His State's Economy Is One of the Best in the Country

02.26 As Shutdown Nears, McConnell and Boehner Remain Far Apart

02.26 DHS shutdown: Boehner says House in 'wait-and-see mode' as deadline looms

02.26 Warren and Cummings on MSNBC's Morning Joe [9:26 video]

Justice Matters

02.28 Truth and reconciliation is coming to America from the grassroots

02.27 Watch John Oliver Tackle One Of the Biggest—And Least Talked About—Problems in US Politics [13:26 video]

02.26 Rape in the American Prison

02.26 Can Bipartisanship End Mass Incarceration?

High Crimes?

02.27 Aid agencies sound alarm on Gaza amid fears rebuilding could take a century

02.25 Syria has used barrel bombs in hundreds of locations, says rights group

Economics, Crony Capitalism

02.28 Giving Obama fits: The Elizabeth Warren way

02.25 Net neutrality: Republicans to strike back against Obama's 'internet grab'

International

02.28 What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

02.28 World leaders condemn muder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov

02.27 A Partial Accounting of the Damage Netanyahu Is Doing to Israel

02.27 The Human Stain

02.27 The Increasing Harassment of Jews Around the World [600 comments]

02.27 An Anti-ISIS Summit in Mecca

02.27 China 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says US

02.26 Saudis Said to Aid Israeli Plan to Bomb Iran

02.26 Emma Thompson and Greg Wise in tax boycott over HSBC scandal

02.26 3D-printed cities: is this the future?

We are a non-profit Internet-only newspaper publication founded in 1973. Your donation is essential to our survival.

You can also mail a check to:
Baltimore News Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 42581
Baltimore, MD 21284-2581
Google
This site Web


Public Service Ads: