What Is Intelligent Design?

Intelligent Design is defined as the necessity of an intelligent cause for anything with high levels of complex and specified information. In the scientific arena, it searches for empirical evidence and signs of intelligence through information systems including specified information (ie. patterns) and complex information (ie. unlikely to occur by chance). Research often focuses on the field of biology and the complexity of living organisms.

A tremendous amount of information, design, and complexity go into building a house ... but life is even more complex.

A tremendous amount of information, design, and complexity go into building a house … but life is even more complex.

The Bias of Methodological Naturalism

Methodological Naturalism is the application of philosophical naturalism to the processes of scientific research.

The Bias of Methodological Creationism

Methodological Creationism is the application of the faith-based beliefs of Creationism to the processes of scientific research.

Irreducible Complexity

The idea of Intelligent Design has been heavily linked to the theory of irreducible complexity. This theory states that complex systems with inter-related parts or functions could not have arisen piece by piece but must have been made or created as a complete unit.

The Intelligent Design concept is a relatively recent idea in the creation / evolution debate. However, its base goes back to the teleological ‘Arguments from Design’ that were created in the late 1700’s in an effort to prove the existence of the Almighty. Officially, the Intelligent Design movement does not take a stand on creation nor is it concerned with a literal interpretation of the Scriptures. Thus, for example, it can accept the theory of long ages for the earth’s existence. One difficulty of Intelligent Design is that, of itself, it tends to be more of a concept than a testable scientific theory.

Common Examples

There are many common examples of intelligent design that are used as examples. The watchmaker example uses the intricate gears and parts of a watch that function together to accurately measure time as something that would not happen by chance or by small changes by natural processes. The faces of the presidents on Mt. Rushmore are shown to be by the work of man and not by any erosional process. This same idea is extrapolated into the intricate workings of the universe and to living creatures and states that such systems show great amount of design and function and therefore must have had a designer.

Last Updated: 2018-07-13
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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