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What is Intelligent Design?

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Intelligent design begins with a seemingly innocuous question: Can objects, even if nothing is known about how they arose, exhibit features that reliably signal the action of an intelligent cause? To see what's at stake, consider Mount Rushmore. The evidence for Mount Rushmore's design is direct-eyewitnesses saw the sculptor Gutzon Borglum spend the better part of his life designing and building this structure. But what if there were no direct evidence for Mount Rushmore's design? What if humans went extinct and aliens, visiting the earth, discovered Mount Rushmore in substantially the same condition as it is now?


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1 [ Back ] This article was adapted from "Intelligent Design" in the Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Lindsey Jones (Macmillan, forthcoming) and is used with the author's permission.


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Issue: "Does God believe in Atheists?" March/April 2006 Vol. 15 No. 2 Page number(s): 16-17

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