MYTH #1: Intelligent Design (ID) is just a fancy name for Creationism.
The true story: Intelligent Design theory is not a form of, nor is it synonymous with “creationism.” Rather, it is an over-arching scientific theory that disputes wholly naturalistic/materialistic accounts of the origin of the universe and the origin of life. As such it is an indispensable ally for those who espouse various creation models. ID makes NO CLAIM about the age of the earth.
Stuff to know:
The current theory of evolution, mandated for schools in many places (Darwin’s theory that natural selection acting on random genetic mutations, creates complex structures like the human brain) does not work no matter what age we posit for Earth or the universe unless …
… unless we posit that the universe is infinitely old. But there are reasons based on logic for believing that that cannot be true. So most likely it just isn’t.
The National Academy of Sciences recently dropped support for “evolution” as one of its tests for science literacy. Factors like these surely played a role. Many people in science are willing to feel flummoxed but wish to avoid sounding ridiculous to themselves. And it doesn’t look so good when the peoplewho know the most have the greatest doubts.
The main thing to know is, the science just isn’t working out the way people thought.
And whatever we are on the verge of, BioLogos is on the verge of 1975 or something.