In reading some of the threads, I came across this note:
“There are people out there who want to keep science in a little box where it can’t possibly touch God. ” – Ben Stein
If this is, indeed, the opening line of the movie, it pretty much illustrates precisely why this movie is (probably, I haven’t seen it yet obviously) going to be a complete pile of drivel.
Mr. Stein, science is based upon precisely two main root principles:
- The Universe behaves according to some set of laws.
- Those laws can be illuminated by observation of said Universe.
By any meaningful definition of God (that I’ve read, anyway) He (or She, or It) is not constrained by these laws, but instead exists outside of them. This means, quite simply, that science (as a discipline) is incapable of quantifying God. Studying God is not a scientific endeavor.
Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory, and has no place in a science classroom. There is no meaningful standard of evidence. I cannot produce evidence that counters the basic principle, that there is a “lawmaker”, because the lawmaker must, by definition, be outside those laws, and outside my observation. Science has no tools to examine this phenomena.
Science ought to stay in that box.