I constantly here about an erroneous belief that has no factual basis. The idea is that somehow creationism is inherently flawed. First of all, creationism is based upon religion. There are many religions that have creation stories, not just Judaism and Christianity.
With this in mind, it should be noted that Intelligent Design has no creation story, and has no creation account conjecture to offer anyone. ID does not support any religious affiliation. Philosophically, Intelligent Design is just as much of a neutral position on the supernatural as atheism is. The next time someone wants to label an ID proponent as being a creationist, the accuser should be prepared to identify just exactly what creation account do they have in mind. Is it an American Indian creation account? Which tribe? Is it from the Vedas? Perhaps they adhere to the creation story as presented in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
It is inherently error to simply stereotype ID advocates as being creationists, especially when many ID advocates are atheists or non-religious. Here’s a list of such individuals:
* Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code”, and other anti-Christian books, http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/what-caused-da-vinci-code-author-dan-brown-to-abandon-his-christian-faith/.
* David Berlinski
* Alfred Russel Wallace: Book, “A Rediscovered Life,” shows how evolution’s co-discoverer rejected darwinism, embraced ID Theory, http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/01/new_book_shows_how_evolutions_043171.html;
* David Deming, http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/deming5.1.1.html; associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of Science and Technology in World History (Vols. 1 & 2); http://www.uncommondescent.com/darwinism/why-one-guy-packed-up-and-left-darwinism/
* Don Johnson, Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability LITE: A Call to Scientific Integrity (2009), vi. http://www.uncommondescent.com/darwinism/why-one-scientist-checked-out-of-darwinism/
* Bradley Monton, author of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009), p. 36; http://spot.colorado.edu/~monton/BradleyMonton/Home.html; http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/one-reason-an-atheist-philosopher-endorses-intelligent-design/
* Forrest M. Mims III, http://www.forrestmims.org/publications.html.
* Steve Fuller, (agnostic), http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/staff/academicstaff/sfuller/fullers_index/ graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in the History and Philosophy of Science. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/staff/academicstaff/sfuller/
* Mary Midgley (British philosopher); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Midgley; http://www.uncommondescent.com/evolutionary-psychology/she-said-it-philosopher-mary-midgley-tells-humanists-why-she-isn%E2%80%99t-a-humanist/
* Michael Denton (PhD in Biochemistry); http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/08/michael_dentons075911.html
Not only are there many different religious belief systems, but there are several varieties of creationism within Judeo-Christian theology. The most popular views are:
1. Young Earth Creationism (YEC)
2. Old Earth Creationism
3. Theistic Evolution
It is irrelevant what religion scientists have. The fact is that when one says “creationist,” this would include anyone that believe in any deity whatsoever. For example, Dr. Ken Miller adheres to theistic evolution, which is a form of creationism. It is foolishness to create a false dichotomy matching anyone who is not an atheist as somehow not scientific or anti-science.
This photo immediately above is Kenneth Miller in his laboratory at Brown University. Not only is Dr. Miller a biology professor, but he is an author of a biology textbook. Dr. Miller is a theist who adheres to Theistic Evolution, and has even written a book on the subject, “Finding Darwin’s God.”