According to supporters of intelligent design, "intelligent design" implies not using any religious premises.

I don't think so, though it's possible to quibble about the definition of "religious premises". Intelligent design necessary implies an intelligent designer who is, basically, a god, regardless of whether it's politically convenient to identify him as such.

Supporters of intelligent design may end up basically having a god as their conclusion, but they won't have it as one of their premises.

And they have to do it that way. If God was one of their premises, teaching it in government schools would be illegal.

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

by Vaniver 1 min read2nd Mar 2015235 comments


Another month, another rationality quotes thread. The rules are:

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