"Intelligent Design" (ID) - a rather peculiar term that somehow fits with the contemporary times in which we live. It is a term that has risen to the forefront of the current American culture wars, as proponents push for it to be taught in school science classes while their opponents vehemently resist. But what is Intelligent Design anyway? Well simply put, it is a modern day way of saying God is the creator of life, and is to be presented as an alternative ‘theory’ to the theory of evolution. But since the word God is such a 'hot button' word in today's society, some of the presumably smarter of us who happen to believe in creationism decided that perhaps we can 'sneak' God into the schools by calling Him something else.
Well, predictably, their 'smart' counterparts in the secular movement weren’t buying the argument. As far as they were concerned, God or however you choose to refer to Him has no place being taught as science next to their revered theory of evolution. A Federal Judge in Dover, Pennsylvania agreed and today ruled that teaching "Intelligent Design" to high school biology students violates laws prohibiting the endorsement of religion in public school. Intelligent Design is not science and as such cannot be taught to schools in their jurisdiction. People say this is a landmark decision, because there are countless other school boards across the nation that are facing the same issue.
On this issue I have to agree with the secularists and atheists...but for a very different reason: If you want schools to teach about God, creationism and by extension the biblical history of the origins of life, then be bold about it and plainly say so! Don't reduce God to a modern day initialization (ID). Quite frankly I see this as further evidence of the lukewarm nature of contemporary Christianity. Jesus said in Revelation 3:15 - I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! He also said this in Matthew 10:32 - Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (NIV). Since God has a Name, simple courtesy calls for Him to be referred to by that Name.
It is a lack of faith to assume that a watered-down pseudonym would be more palatable to modern day senses and as such would stand a better chance of being accepted by the very enemies of God. So the secularists basically said "not in our classrooms", go teach about "Intelligent Design" in your churches. Funny though, I can't recall seeing ID referred to as a name of God in any of the Bibles that I have read.
To the proponents of "Intelligent Design" I say this: if you want God taught to your children, then you be the primary teacher in your homes. Teach them about His Name - He has many, and Intelligent Designer is NOT one of them.
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