The intelligent design argument presumes that these complicated, multi-component systems — the most widely described one is the bacterial flagellum, a little outboard motor that allows bacteria to zip around in a liquid solution — that you couldn’t get there unless you could simultaneously evolve about 30 different proteins. And until you had all 30 together, you would gain no advantage. The problem is it makes an assumption that’s turning out to be wrong. All of those multi-component machines, including the flagellum, do not come forth out of nothingness. They come forth very gradually by the recruitment of one component that does one fairly modest thing. And then another component that was doing something else gets recruited in and causes a slightly different kind of function. And over the course of long periods of time, one can in fact come up with very plausible models to develop these molecular machines solely through the process of evolution as Darwin envisaged it. So intelligent design is already showing serious cracks. It is not subject to actual scientific testing.
A really great discription of what is wrong with Intelligent Design; and why Evolution is no threat to religion. The kicker is that it is written by a evangelical Christian. It is also a reminder why I am Agnostic rather than an Atheist.
But the best way to see the difference between science and theologically biased pseudo science is by looking at the field of predicting the apocalypse.
Although Lindsey did not claim to know the dates of future events with any certainty, in one passage he suggested that Matthew 24:32-34 indicated that Jesus’ return would be within “one generation” of the rebirth of the state of Israel, and asserted that “in the Bible” one generation is forty years. Some readers took this as an indication that the Tribulation or the Rapture would occur no later than 1988.
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For thousands of years, tens of thousands of scholars have read the bible with the sincere belief that by careful study and analysis, then can predict the end of the world. The track record for predictions using this methodology is currently 0.00%.
On the other hand, evolutionists have studied the fossil record looking for clues. They make predictions on the type of species, the ages, the characteristics and the locations of the fossils they expect to find. Every time they are right, their track record improves. And every time they are wrong, they study why they were wrong and then their track record also improves. That is the self correcting nature of science. and while science is never 100%, no one can seriously argue that biblical analysis is even close.