With ID getting lots of press these days, and with an on-going court case trying to establish if ID is any different than creationism of yore, people can sometimes get confused about what exactly ID is. This canât possibly be due to the ID advocatesâ own equivocation and ambiguity, it must somehow be our fault, because otherwise they wouldnât keep blaming us. So in order to help them out, I thought I would create a handy-dandy table comparing the attributes of ID, young-Earth creationism, and old-Earth creationism. That way, no one need get them confused ever again.
|Young-Earth Creationism||Old-Earth Creationism||Intelligent Design|
|Age of the Earth||6000-10,000 years old.||~4.5 billion years old.||We donât know. And besides, itâs really not ripe for debate yet.|
|What was created/designed?||All âkindsâ (baramin) of living things.||All âkindsâ (baramin) of living things.||Some feature(s) of the universe, including but not limited to living things, although itâs not clear which feature(s) of living things were actually designed.|
|Who was the creator/designer?||God of the Bible.||God of the Bible.||Some unknown and unknowable âintelligenceâ, which we coincidentally happen to believe is God of the Bible.|
|What was the mechanism of design?||Divine intervention.||Divine intervention.||We donât know, but we know it canât be ânaturalâ, which implies divine intervention.|
|Evolution isâ¦||The cause of most of societyâs ills.||The cause of most of societyâs ills.||The cause of most of societyâs ills.|
|Noahâs Floodâ¦||Was global in scale and occurred about 4000 years ago, exactly as described in Genesis.||May have been local or global; may have occurred a long time ago or more recently, depending on who you ask.||âTheyâll ask, âWhat do you think of Noahâs flood?â or something like that. Never bite on such questions because theyâll lead you into a trackless wasteland and youâll never get out of it.â|
|Evolution and belief in God areâ¦||Incompatible.||Incompatible.||Incompatible.|
|Wants ideas taught in public schools?||Yes.||Yes.||Yes. I mean no. I mean yes. I mean, look, weâve been consistent and clear on this, so whatâs the problem?|
|Do humans and apes share a common ancestor?||No.||No.||Usually no. Occasionally yes. Sometimes I donât know. And sometimes both no and I donât know at the same time.|
|Claims to have science on their side?||Yes.||Yes.||Yes.|
|Why do scientists almost universally reject them?||Because theyâre all a bunch of atheists, libruls, and ivory tower elitists who canât be trusted.||Because theyâre all a bunch of atheists, libruls, and ivory tower elitists who canât be trusted.||Because theyâre all a bunch of atheists, libruls, and ivory tower elitists who canât be trusted.|
There, hopefully that will settle things. There is really no need for anyone to be confused about where the ID movement stands on various creationist issues, given the straight-forward, no-nonsense approach that they use. We apologize for any misunderstanding caused by our part.