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July 19, 2005 > Intelligent Design - Science or Faith?

Intelligent Design - Science or Faith?

Intelligent Design (ID) theory promotes the view that characteristics of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. Proponents are convinced that the complexity of life cannot be explained by evolutionary principles. They claim that a high-level intelligence must be directing and causing natural phenomenon.

Many in the scientific community have examined this approach and found it lacking when the scientific method is applied. This group argues that explanations by faith are separated from science; scientific validity calls for experiments, careful observations and reproducible results that fit known data and are always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better and/or conflicting evidence.
The so-called "Monkey Trial" in 1925 between the State of Tennessee and John Scopes pit Clarence Darrow against William Jennings Bryan. Traditionalists, threatened by new social patterns and intellectual experimentation, rode a wave of revivalism especially in the American South. The trial, followed closely by the nation, debated the fate of John Scopes, a high school biology teacher charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution. Scopes' fate was of less importance than the larger social conflict raging throughout the nation.
Does this sound familiar?
Bridges Community Church, is hosting two "special science-and-faith seminars" called "Cosmic Fingerprints" featuring Dr. Hugh Ross, astronomer and founder of Reasons to Believe (proponent of Intelligent Design). The event is open to all and encourages dialogue and discussion with students, scientists and those curious about the argument for Intelligent Design theory.

Cosmic Fingerprints
Friday, July 22
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (FREE)
(call to reserve childcare, 6th grade and under)

Saturday, July 23
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$35 w/ lunch, $30 w/o lunch

Bridges Community Church
505 Driscoll Road, Fremont
(510) 651-2030

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