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Intelligent Design as Laziness

From a friend of mine's blog, I really like his insight that perhaps part of what is motivating the ID movement is a form of "laziness" in in this sense:

It shows a desire to mass project a theological belief upon a population though inclusion in a science ciriculum where it doesn't belong, versus the long hard work of indivudial conversations -- one on one -- and forming actual spiritual friendships where religious topics like God as Creator are vetted out.


"Can a religious person advocate against intelligent design? I do. As an orthodox Jew, I believe in the divinity of the Bible and I subscribe to the idea that God created the world and everything in it. To me, science is a process of unlocking God’s perfection for the betterment of humanity. God wants us to learn how to heal the sick and improve our environment, so God endows us with scientific knowledge and a quest for scientific truth.

When the time comes for my sons to learn biology, I hope that they will learn just the latest science and nothing else. If my sons have to learn that God created the world by taking a science class, then I will have failed as an orthodox Jewish parent. Alternatively, if my sons’ faith in a Creator can be shaken by the content of a biology class, then I will also have failed in my efforts to instill in them the foundation beliefs of the Jewish religion...

The whole exercise is pointless, in my opinion, because I do not think that the religious Right’s vision of mass indoctrination will even work. In my experience, any meaningful personal embrace of values has to be voluntary to be effective. Values only take hold on a societal level when there is broad adoption of values at the personal level. The religious Right is attempting to force a process that can only be done one person at a time, one choice at a time."
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