Intelligent Design: A Bona Fide Theory

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Sir Isaac Newton once said, “Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who sets the planets in motion”. As a major contributor to modern physics with his discovery of gravity, Isaac Newton held a convicting belief in an intelligent designer who created the universe and humanity. According to Discovery Institute (n.d.), “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain feature of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection” (para.1). Although intelligent design is quickly becoming regarded as a scientific theory with more than 50 peer-reviewed journals published, as of now there is no tolerance for it to be taught in America’s public school education system (Discovery Institute, 2012, para. 2). Those against the idea of intelligent design (ID) being taught in schools argue that it would be unconstitutional, going against the separation of church and state, and ID should not be taught due to the significant amount of evidence supporting the theory of evolution. Those for ID being taught in public schools argue that intelligent design is a scientific theory employing the methods commonly used by other historical sciences to conclude certain feature of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause that evolution cannot explain. Intelligent design does not discuss specifically who or what designed the universe, simple that something out there must be responsible for having a part in creating intelligent beings. The American public education system needs to recognize another substantial theory exists explaining the origin of life other than evolution. Attention should be brought to the current issue as intelligent design should be taught as a representation of that theory. Intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution in public schools because it teaches students an additional scientific theory regarding the origins of life providing answers where evolution fails and promoting a well-rounded, equal, and enlightening education enabling students to think for themselves.
As described by Oxford University Press (n.d.), an education is defined as “a body of knowledge acquired while being educated”. The aim of any teaching institution is to give knowledge and understanding to their students. As an alternative theory to evolution, intelligent design should be taught in public schools to enhance students’ knowledge of the theories regarding the origin of life. To be considered a scientific theory, the idea of ID must go through the process of the scientific method, which includes an observation, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion. A brief overview of the scientific method behind ID is explained by the IDEA Center (n.d.),
Intelligent design begins with the observation that intelligent beings produce complex and specified information (CSI). Design theorists hypothesize that if objects are designed, they...

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