Programme 2 - Intelligent Design | Science & Belief

Programme 2 - Intelligent Design

Programme 2 - Intelligent Design

For School discussion groups: Science_and_Belief__Teachers_Notes_.pdf
For Church discussion groups: Science_and_Belief_Church_Notes.pdf

This programme equips learners to consider and respond to these questions:
• Is evolution on its own (i.e. without resort to any higher ‘being’ or higher ‘purpose’) able to account for the development of intelligent life?
• If so, how?
• And also, if so, does that get rid of God, or might we see God working through evolution?

The evolution of the human eye is discussed as a case study of the way incremental modification adds survival value over generations to a living organism. In the last two centuries, the understanding of evolutionary process through natural selection, the survival of the fittest, has expanded hugely.

Some religious views see ‘god’ as a word for what science cannot yet explain—God is a ‘god of the gaps’.
An alternative religious view might suggest that the process of evolution depends on intelligence, rather than randomness in its initial conditions, and the evolution of human consciousness includes a consciousness of this intelligence—which some call God. So God not only survives alongside evolution—God is the intelligent designer of evolution.

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