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January 6, 2011

The Differences Between Creationism and Intelligent Design

Intelligent design is the search for God’s existence through science. Scientists seek to prove it through particular intelligent design of features in organisms. Essentially, they try to explain miracles beyond what can be rationalized by natural selection/breeding. Creationism, on the other hand, is the belief that humanity, life, the Earth, and the universe are the creation of a supernatural being. Overall, the roots of Creationism are based in biblical fundamentalism and narrow, literal readings of the bible. 

Legal Issues

Teaching creationism is banned form being taught in public schools by the U.S. Constitution, thanks to the requirement of a separation between church and state. On the other hand, it is possible that teaching intelligent design could be legal. While intelligent design seeks to prove the existence of God through science, in the absence of proof, it is neutral on the topic of religion. If God is found to belong to a spiritual realm outside of science, as many believe, intelligent design fails in its mission to instruct. There would be no reason to teach it, but if you did include in a public school curriculum it would not be illegal.

Despite the efforts of intelligent design proponents to distance themselves from creationism, gradually over time, the lines btween the two distinct theories have become increasingly blurred. This is largely because proponents of creationism have tried to pass the two terms off as synonymous in cases where the legality of inclusion in public school curriculums was at stake. So far, this has not been successful. Unfortunately in the process, it seems to have tarnished the image of the more scientifically-rooted intelligent design theory.

References: Evolution and the Christian Faith by Joan Roughgarden


  1. I believe that a supreme being we call God created the universe including the world we live in as an evolutionary intelligent design process.

    I believe that He created human beings in his image and likeness and that we are co-creators and partners in the on going creation /evolutionary process

  2. Follow up-----I furthur believe that there is an evil supernatural force in the world commonly referred to as satan or the devil that sows the seeds of confusion, hatred and mistrust among people.

    I believe we need to nurture and strengthen our faith in God through prayer, spiritual reading and attendance at Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist. This is the path to peace and contentment that I have experienced in my own life.

  3. i strongly agree with the comments said.