No! Intelligent design is not bad science, it simply opposes scientism – the assumption that purpose (teleology) plays no part in any true scientific discussion.
Both modern science and Intelligent Design theorists agree on the evidence that evolution has led to increased complexity and intelligence in life forms on earth. But they interpret this data differently. Science has created a worldview that is founded on materialism, blind processes and chance, while ID theorists see the same data as evidence of a designer.
Intelligent Design is currently seen as a pseudo-science at best, and at worst, as a “Trojan Horse” to allow biblical Creationists to sneak in and enter within the protected walls of scientific methodology. The reason for this suspicion is that IDers believe that scientific evidence will ultimately support the authority of Scripture.
However, true creationists do not support evolutionary theory. IDers do! So scientists are wrong to lump the two together (and kill two birds with one stone).
The problem with Intelligent Design (and even scientific creationism) is not that they do bad science, rather, it is because they do bad exegesis (Bible interpretation). The Bible’s inerrancy is not to be found within the literal (terrestrial) interpretation of its stories. God’s Infinite wisdom and ultimate purpose in creation cannot be contained in finite human words, unless those words signify and point to ever-deeper meaning.
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Holy Word is a multidimensional document whose architecture portrays the top-down causal patterning principles and nexus by which God acts in the world. The laws of nature are derived from the pregeometric realm of spiritual laws.
True science cannot be distilled from Sacred Scripture unless one has access to the multi-leveled scaffolding of its communication. Swedenborg claimed that being open to this new information from God was the secret behind the Lord’s Second Coming.
The process by which the Lord will “make all things anew” is actually an upheaval in both current theological and scientific worldviews (paradigm change). Unfortunately, a person would have to invest many years in reading Swedenborg’s vast writings on all these topics to verify these unexpected things (revelations) for his- or herself. That is why I have written a new book titled Proving God. It not only shows the way by which theology-knowledge and science-knowledge can be unified, but also how quantum theory, relativity, string theory and evolutionary theory need to be reformulated.
Proving God will be available to the public in Spring 2010. Advance reading copies are going out to book reviewers now.