Unintelligent Design

The New York Times magazine published a critique of so-called “Intelligent Design”. That’s the argument that life around us is far to marvelous to have been created “randomly”. Naturally, then it must have had a designer.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it was first offered by Darwin’s early opponents as an argument against evolution. Even though the idea of a Divine Designer was soundly discredited long ago, today’s creationists have resurrected and renamed the idea, and offered it up to school boards across the country.

What can we tell about the designer from the design? While there is much that is marvelous in nature, there is also much that is flawed, sloppy and downright bizarre.

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