Deciding whether the mini-ID theory has supernatural and religious implications is not as straightforward as seeing whether the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“GodÃ¢â‚¬Â appears in the statement Ã¢â‚¬Å“each irreducibly complex system found in nature was designed and produced by an intelligent being.Ã¢â‚¬Â When independently plausible further assumptions are taken into account, the mini-ID theory entails the existence of a supernatural intelligent designer who made at least one of the minds found in nature. . . . The point I would make here is a different one Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as Pennock (1999) notes, the Darwinian theory of evolution is silent on the question of whether a supernatural intelligent designer exists. This is not true of the mini-ID theory. In terms of the contents of theories, it is ID theory, not evolutionary theory, that has implications concerning the existence of supernatural designers.
From Elliott Sober’s forthcoming “Intelligent Design Theory and the Supernatural.”