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1 God of the gap's on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:23 pm

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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2013/01/why_intelligent068151.html

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/10/the_self-refuti065411.html

Regarding the claim that intelligent design is a "God of the Gaps" argument, I've always found this criticism not only false, but also fallacious and self-refuting.

Critics of intelligent design often accuse ID proponents of using a "god of the gaps" argument, but they refuse to acknowledge that (1) ID isn't a "gaps-based" argument at all since it in fact offers a positive argument for design in nature, and (2), in any event, ID requires no inference to "God."

But there's an even deeper problem with the argument.

Ironically, when critics make this accusation, they are usually committing a "gaps" fallacy themselves. How so? These very same materialists (1) admit that gaps in the evidence for Darwinian evolution exist, and (2) assume that those gaps can and will be filled by materialist explanations. Otherwise, they wouldn't be attacking ID for purportedly filling those gaps with "god." They can't make a "god of the gaps" accusation without also making a "materialism of the gaps" argument -- one that assumes the truth of their own materialistic outlook.

Most "gaps-based" criticisms are flawed in these ways, which is why I try to avoid them. People are entitled to make whatever arguments they want, provided they use positive evidence to back up their position. ID does exactly that.

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2 Re: God of the gap's on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:29 pm

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Is ID a "god-of-the-gaps" argument?

http://www.ideacenter.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/1159

(1) Biochemical complexity / Laws of the Universe. High information content machine-like irreducibly complex structures are commonly found. The bacterial flagellum is a prime example. Specified complexity found in the laws of the universe may be another.
Prediction of Design Met? (Conclusion)Yes.

(2) Fossil Record Biological complexity (i.e. new species) tend to appear in the fossil record suddenly and without any similar precursors. The Cambrian explosion is a prime example.
Prediction of Design Met? (Conclusion)Yes.

(3) Distribution of Molecular and Morphological Characteristics Similar parts found in different organisms. Many genes and functional parts not distributed in a manner predicted by ancestry, and are often found in clearly unrelated organisms. The "root" of the tree of life is a prime example.
Prediction of Design Met? (Conclusion)Yes.

(4) DNA Biochemical and Biological Functionality Increased knowledge of genetics has created a strong trend towards functionality for "junk-DNA." Examples include recently discovered functionality in some pseudogenes, microRNAs, introns, LINE and ALU elements. Examples of DNA of unknown function persist, but discovery of function may be expected (or lack of current function still explainable under a design paradigm).
Prediction of Design Met? (Conclusion)Yes.

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