Bad Arguments Convince Me #2
This series of 1. post, 2. reply post, and 3. reply to reply post between Mike Gene and Ed Brayton is worth a read. Brayton's reply post shows obvious, elementary and quite remarkable errors in logic, which are all too common in the anti-ID movement. Just because two things have many similar aspects does not mean that they are the same thing. One must ask the key question: are there any meaningful differences?
Regarding intelligent design and creationism, the differences are clear. Here is one difference made quite simple:
Creationism is informed by scientific evidence and divine revelation through the Bible.
Intelligent Design is informed only by scientific evidence, and not divine revelation.
Note: intelligent design proponents acknowledge that both ID and macroevolutionary theory have philosophical and religious implications. But ID is not informed by religion and does not look to religion for support.
Now it should be obvious to anyone that the same scientific evidence that supports creationism is likely to support intelligent design. Of course similar arguments will be made by both. But that is not where the difference lies.
Judge Jones made similar logical errors in his Kitzmiller opinion, which I discussed here.
My original Bad Arguments Convince Me post is here.