Many Darwinists, often thinking they are clever, weakly challenge ID on the basis of the identity of the designer. That’s not a question that we can answer scientifically. Here is a recent exchange that I had with a Darwinist on a message board along these lines:
Can we get back to the original question posed on this thread and away from all this other stuff? I would like to hear from IDers/Creationists tell us what Intelligent Design is or isn’t? What in your view makes ID a science? It’s been said that the creator doesn’t have to necessarily be the God of the Bible. How would it affect your viewpoint if it was proven that the Devil, for example, was the creator, and that’s why life has been so unfair to so many living creatures on this planet throughout the course of time?
Can someone get the ball rolling and enlighten us a little bit on Intelligent Design?
ID is about examining what can be accomplished by naturalistic forces alone versus effects requiring a mind to produce. It has fewer philosophical/religious assumptions than the evolutionary theory because it actually seeks to test the assumption of whether life can arise and evolve through completely naturalistic processes. ID makes use of, and tests, information theory and evolutionary algorithms to examine whether blind processes can result in new complex specified information. Because of their philosophical/religious assumptions, evolutionists never ask IF evolution occurred, but only ask HOW. They don’t seek to delineate what evolution can actually accomplish through the scientific method, as Michael Behe has done in the Edge of Evolution, and as William Dembski and Robert Marks are doing in their evolutionary informatics labs. ID does not make any conclusions about the designer, for that could be ultimately a question of faith. Creationists, obviously conclude that the designer is God. Many IDists conclude the same, but this is a personal conclusion. You are free to conclude that the devil is the designer if you wish, because ID doesn’t speak to that.
For those who have followed my blog, it’s clear that I believe is the designer is God. That decision of faith is made on a number of factors which are not as scientific, and most importantly through God’s leading.