Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Does God Have Back Problems Too?

Those who believe in intelligent design say we've been put together so perfectly that an evolutionary accident (well, actually, a series of millions of accidents) couldn't possibly have done it. That, of course, ignores the fact that we're actually not put together all that perfectly at all. If you believe in intelligent design, presumably you believe that God designed us with backs that are easily injured because he has back problems too.

The problem with essays like this one, by David P. Barash, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, is that they assume a rational argument is possible between those who believe in evolution and those who believe in intelligent design. It's not. If you believe in intelligent design, you first decided that God created everything, then set out to find a way to justify that belief. Reasoning like that does not make for intelligent debates.


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