No Scientific Evidence for Intelligent Design

RECEIVED Wed., April 30, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Since there is no scientific evidence for intelligent design/creationism, the only source for this wacky "theory" is the Bible. Lots of people don't realize, though, that there has been scientific study of the Bible for well over a hundred years, and the results are quite enlightening. Those who've studied the Bible from a scientific, as opposed to religious, point of view understand these things:
    1) Much of the Old Testament was written after the Babylonian exile that began in 586BC and incorporates Babylonian myths of creation and flood.
    2) There are numerous internal conflicts caused by the combination of priestly, Yahwist, and other traditions. So, for instance, there are two separate creation stories in the first part of Genesis. Which one do the creationists believe?
    3) A literal understanding of the Bible is unsupportable because of the internal contradictions and the evidence that much of the Bible was written long after the supposed events as commentary on events that were current at the time of writing.
    There should be no controversy over teaching I.D./creationism in public schools. It should not even be considered, because there is no factual basis. The only reason it is considered is that people who understand very little about the source material, the Bible, are intimidated by those with a religious axe to grind.
Ben Hogue
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