I was given the opportunity to do a paper in my English class on Intelligent Design. I only had 2 1/2 hours to write it and this is what I came up with. I had very limited use of the internet and it was NOT a research paper. The professor is (I think) Christian and knows that I am an Atheist. She was very excited to read my paper. I am posting it here because I would like feed back on the arguments I presented. I told her without proper research my ideas might have a few holes in them and she understood completely, again this was for an English paper.
Any help on the ideas I presented would be greatly appreciated :) I hope this is in the right forum.....
Is Intelligent Design Really Intelligent?
Is life on earth the result of intelligent design or did it all happen by chance? Intelligent design (or ID) is the theory that a superior being put the universe into motion. The majority of people who believe in intelligent design also believe it goes further than that, that God has a hand in our every day life. A smaller percentage believe that we are here due to evolution, that everything happened by chance. From my point of view Chance seems more logical. The ideology of Intelligent design does not justify birth defects; it can not be proven in the science lab; and is not an adequate argument for “gaps” in science.
A disturbing problem with the theory of Intelligent design is the overwhelming amount of birth defects, both structural and functional/developmental. Birth defects are caused by defects in our genes as well as environmental hazards. Intelligent design, with the accompanying belief in God, is that humans should be perfect. We were made by God in his image. Perfect. If that were true then our genetic code would not mutate. Hence there would be no birth defects and/or genetic mutations/mishaps. This however is not the case. The Center for Disease Control states that 120,000 babies in the United States are born with birth defects each year. If you look at this situation through the scope of evolution you will see that mutations in genetic code fit very well into the science of evolution.
The way our species has evolved over time has brought us to become a science dependant race. Everything from understanding our place in the solar system, to the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies, to the types of foods we can safely ingest, we got from scientifically testing theories, which is the reason we have the answers to those questions. Intelligent design is not a probable or acceptable theory due to lack of being able to test it which is why the scientific community does not recognize it.
There are some who view science as a great tool of the human race, however they can not let go of the emotion that accompanies Intelligent Design. They see the gaps in science as unexplainable and therefore attribute these unexplainable instances to ID. This is called using the God of Gaps rationalization. Using this argument is not conducive to science because everyday science is understanding more and more about the universe and the world in which we live. At one point in time science thought the earth was flat, but due to exploration, we came to the conclusion that the earth was in fact round. This is the way that science works.
Intelligent design, as fascinating as it might seem to some, is not a theory of scientific measures at this point in time. It simply plays on the emotions, as opposed to the intellect, of humans. So in the words of Christopher Hitchens I leave you with this “Exceptional claims demand exceptional evidence.", and Intelligent Design does not give exceptional evidence.
ROFLMFAO!! Where did you get that piece of genius! XD
lol! I want that hammer!!
God is unjust... good thing he's not real!
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I REFUSE to bite! This will NOT become flame war on my watch! Watch it! I'm an internet troll slayer! I eat trolls for breakfast! >D
Elizabeth, from what I gathered by reading your comments, you solidify the existance of your god based on hopes and emotion. All religions do the same. How can you say that your god is real when other people feel and hope that their god(s) is real? They have the same amount of answered prayers as christians, they experience the same "miracles", yet they credit it all to a different god. Lets say that I hope that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is true, and I can feel his prescence. He answers half of my prayers and I have a mother that was cured of cancer. This must mean the Flying Spaghetti Monster is REAL! Do you believe it? You must have faith that he is real because I KNOW that he is! Sounds ridiculous, right?
Ok, now that you see how dumb faith-based beliefs sound, let us focus on something else. You wanted to encourage us to find answers in Genesis. What you don't realize is that most atheists have read the bible. They know more about it than most christians do. Take me for instance: I have read the non-sense that is in there. I have also studied other religions. I grew up christian and I bought into it just like you did. The only thing that sets us apart is that I actually started listening to what the bible had to say. It is completely irrational and illogical. We can start in Gensis if you'd like. On day one, god created day and night. He then waited until the 4th day to create the sun, moon, and stars. Now how does that work? Did he not know what defined day and night? How did day and night exist before a sun, moon, or stars. Furthermore, how did LIGHT occur without the sun, moon, or stars. Light also came about on the first day but there was no source for it until day 4. There are many contradictions just like this one throughout Genesis and the entire bible.
Let us talk Biology. In your Genesis, Jacob wants some striped cows. Aparently, he has just plain old boring colored cows and he'd like to breed some striped ones. So, he makes some stripes on some rods and puts them at the watering hole where he thinks the cows might mate. They come, they drink, they mate and somehow, these cows look at these rods while they are mating. The cows then have striped calfs. Do you think this really works? Would you like to test it in a science lab and see if this is how cows get their traits? I think we should just trust in evolution and leave these 2000 year old hypotheses in the fiction section where they belong.
Also, you want to talk about things happening by chance? You claim a magical sky man came along and said some words and everything magically appeared. That is yet another ridiculous claim. Where did this magical sky man come from? Did he just radomly appear by chance? Where did his powers come from? How about his telepathy? If everything in this world has a cause or a reason, what is his?
One more thing I want to add, all of the christians that I know and even the churches that I grew up in agree that the age of accountability is 8 years old. I still consider this to be a child, so yes, christians agree that children can go to hell. I have not found any particular scripture to back this up, but Church of God (the sect I grew up in) and many southern baptists alike, will tell you that the age is 8.
I am disappointed that you think you can come to an atheist website and get people to convert or agree with you. Maybe you can actually learn something from us. I know some Johnsons from Pickens. Hopefully I will see you around :)