How do you define “religion”? It appears that, in general, the world defines religion as believing in one or more superhuman beings generally referred to as gods. I believe that religion is more an instruction set on what to believe rather that what one does believe. dictionary.reference.com defines religion (in part) as:
- a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects.
Many atheists and agnostics automatically associate “Intelligent Design” with “religion”. They often refer to “Intelligent Design” as “religion in disguise”. I believe the reason they refuse to consider intelligent design as an explanation for how life and the universe around it came into existence is because of a fundamental resistance to a belief that anything could be greater than themselves, and so therefore it must have come into existence by some other means.
Stephen Meyer on Intelligent Design theory…
Michael Behe on the basis of Intelligent Design…
above are special feature videos from “The Case for a Creator” DVD, Lee Strobel
The discipline of biology will not only survive but prosper if it turns out that genetic information really is the product of preexisting intelligence. Biologists will have to give up their dogmatic materialism and discard unproductive hypotheses like the prebiotic soup, but to abandon bad ideas is a gain, not a loss. Freed of the metaphysical chains that tie it to nineteenth-century materialism, biology can turn to the fascinating task of discovering how the intelligence embodied in the genetic information works through matter to make the organism function. In that case chemical evolution will go the way of alchemy—abandoned because a better understanding of the problem revealed its futility—and science will have reached a new plateau. – Phillip E. Johnson