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  •  Actually, ID was originally conceived as proof of (4+ / 0-)
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    the existence of God.  It's been around for 160 years+.

    It was usurped/resurrected by modern theocratic types.

    West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

    by Nicolas Fouquet on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:14:52 PM PDT

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    •  The watchmaker analogy (3+ / 0-)

      Yes, The watchmaker analogy was a philosophical argument for the existence of god.
      "Intelligent Design" is a wedge issue whose sole purpose is to substitute fundamentalist christianity for science.

      +++ The law is a weapon used to bludgeon us peasants into submission. It is not to be applied to the monied elite.

      by cybersaur on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:58:19 AM PDT

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      •  Older than I thought (2+ / 0-)
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        I read a description of the concept (without yet using the term ID) written by a Methodist Church elder (in St. Louis) in 1854 and distributed to church members in their monthly "Ladies Repository".  The publication shared and discussed world and national news, science, literature, art, and of course religion.  

        For example, there was an article about the calculation of the speed of light (200,000 MPS), and an estimate that the world and universe may be 15 million years old.

        With the growing emergence of scientific discoveries that seemed to contradict biblical teachings, the Methodists appeared to be arguing that one's faith and scientific discoveries of the time were not necessarily incompatible.  

        Not only were they not denying science, they were disseminating it.

        West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

        by Nicolas Fouquet on Tue May 07, 2013 at 09:40:12 AM PDT

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