Coincidentally, Stephen M. Barr, professor of physics at the University of Delaware, posted an article on First Things published today entitled “The End of Intelligent Design.” The first paragraph is below, read the article and we can start a conversation here … agree or disagree (and why)?

It is time to take stock: What has the intelligent design movement achieved? As science, nothing. The goal of science is to increase our understanding of the natural world, and there is not a single phenomenon that we understand better today or are likely to understand better in the future through the efforts of ID theorists. If we are to look for ID achievements, then, it must be in the realm of natural theology. And there, I think, the movement must be judged not only a failure, but a debacle. 

By the way – if you have some understanding of physical sciences Barr’s book Modern Physics and Ancient Faith is an interesting read. I expect it is a bit too technical for a lay audience though (he is a theorist working in particle theory, supersymmetry,  and cosmology).

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