Is the Intelligent Design Movement Christian?
Answers in Genesis asked that question in a recent Facebook post linked above.
All truth is God’s truth. Whether truth is expressed by a preacher in a Sunday sermon or an atheist psychologist in a lecture, all truth comes from God. The speaker may have ungodly reasons for presenting the truth, but we shouldn’t reject truth simply because of who the speaker is.
AiG is looking at ID in a wrong way. They are looking at it from a world governed by a Christian consensus, a “Hebrew” mindset, an Acts 2 world. They see ID as a step AWAY from the whole truth of God’s existence and involvement in creation. They believe that ID is pointing away from God.
The problem with AiG’s thinking is that we do not live in a world governed by a Christian consensus. We live in a “Greek” world. In America and most of the rest of the West, secular humanism dominates. Secular humanism has strangled the ability for the scientific community to see God’s truth for nearly 200 years in America. The consensus believes in undirected, purposeless causes that created the universe and makes things grow.
“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.” In a world laboring under the plague of secular humanism, arriving at any truth, let alone the existence and sovereignty of God, is hard to come by. Contrary to what those at AiG believe, ID, operating in a world dominated by a secular humanist consensus, points TOWARD God as the creator.
I think the real issue comes down to that AiG has a problem with ID because AiG does not believe ID is sufficiently evangelistic. AiG thinks ID is deliberately hiding who the “Intelligent Designer” is. Instead, I believe that those in the ID community simply recognize our Acts 17 world and are pointing “Greeks” to the unknown God.
Instead of finding heretics under every rock, perhaps we should be encouraging our brothers and sisters to continue to speak God’s truth to a fallen world.