In this post, I seek to take a step back from the ID/evolution debate, and consider things from a Christian perspective. Jesus often spoke in parables, and explained the reason to his disciples:
“The knowledge of the secrets of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. This is why I speak to them in parables, ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand'” (Mat. 13:11,13).
When thinking about design in the universe, it makes one wonder why God created a universe where evidence seems to perpetually point in two possible directions. In other words, we don’t find a message encoded into DNA that says something akin to “God was here,” written in every known language. Certainly He could have done that, but it seemed to be part of His purpose that evidence for creation be presented in the same manner as He spoke through Jesus (i.e., in parables). Unbelievers in the days of Jesus consistently misinterpreted the meaning of His parables, just as the evidence of design is consistently misinterpreted by today’s unbelievers.
That’s why I don’t ever expect ID theorists or creation scientists to find a “smoking gun,” that absolutely proves design in nature. That would remove the necessity of faith. Likewise, I don’t expect a smoking gun from the side of naturalism that proves that matter and energy are the only things that exist.
As a result, I’m skeptical whenever I hear claims that it has been proven that the mind is either completely material or immaterial, that it has been shown that there is no evidence for design, that there is no evidence for materialism, and so forth. In other words, by design, there will always be evidence pointing in both directions. However, when it comes down to an individual’s decision about whether to believe in God, there is enough evidence for each person to decide where they will place their faith in order to fulfill the following verses:
Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
That said, ID is an important scientific endeavor that seeks to uncover the evidence for design, which is evident in nature. For Christians thinking about the issue who might be confused, it is helpful to remember that the evidence will never be bulletproof, but it will be sufficient for your decision of faith. Furthermore, the evidence is strong enough so that we are without excuse.