Um designer inteligente, também referido como um agente inteligente, é uma entidade autoconsciente e com vontade própria que o movimento do design inteligente argumenta ter tido algum papel na origem e/ou desenvolvimento da vida e que supostamente deixou evidências científicas desse design inteligente. Eles também usam o termo "causa inteligente" denotando suas suposições teleológicas de direção e propósito em características do universo e dos seres vivos. O movimento do design inteligente é uma campanha neocriacionista que surgiu a partir de movimentos anteriores como o movimento fundamentalistas cristão e o movimento da ciência criacionistas evangélica.1 2 3 Defensores do design inteligente argumentam ao público que seu conceito não se foca na identidade do designer como parte do seu esforço de pesquisa. Mas em declarações de seus constituintes, que consistem majoritariamente de cristãos conservadores, eles identificam o designer como Deus.4 5 6 7
- Ruling, Context Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
- Life in the Big Tent: Traditional Creationism and the Intelligent Design Community Paul A. Nelson. Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 4, 2002.
- Expert Witness Report Barbara Forrest. Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. (PDF file)
- Stephen C. Meyer (Discovery Institute): "I think the designer is God..." Darwin, the marketing of Intelligent Design Nightline ABC News, with Ted Koppel, August 10 2005.
- "Now the way that I see the logic of our movement going is like this. The first thing you understand is that the Darwinian theory isn't true. It's falsified by all of the evidence and the logic is terrible. When you realize that, the next question that occurs to you is, well, where might you get the truth? When I preach from the Bible, as I often do at churches and on Sundays, I don't start with Genesis. I start with John 1:1. In the beginning was the word. In the beginning was intelligence, purpose, and wisdom. The Bible had that right. And the materialist scientists are deluding themselves." How the Evolution Debate Can Be Won. Phillip Johnson. Truths that Transform.
- William Dembski. "Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory," Touchstone Magazine. Volume 12, Issue 4 July/August, 1999
- "The only apparent difference between the argument made by Paley and the argument for ID, as expressed by defense expert witnesses Behe and Minnich, is that ID's "official position" does not acknowledge that the designer is God. However, as Dr. Haught testified, anyone familiar with Western religious thought would immediately make the association that the tactically unnamed designer is God, as the description of the designer in Of Pandas and People (hereinafter "Pandas") is a "master intellect," strongly suggesting a supernatural deity as opposed to any intelligent actor known to exist in the natural world. (P-11 at 85). Moreover, it is notable that both Professors Behe and Minnich admitted their personal view is that the designer is God and Professor Minnich testified that he understands many leading advocates of ID to believe the designer to be God. (21:90 (Behe); 38:36-38 (Minnich)). Although proponents of the IDM occasionally suggest that the designer could be a space alien or a time-traveling cell biologist, no serious alternative to God as the designer has been proposed by members of the IDM, including Defendants' expert witnesses. (20:102-03 (Behe)). In fact, an explicit concession that the intelligent designer works outside the laws of nature and science and a direct reference to religion is Pandas’ rhetorical statement, "what kind of intelligent agent was it [the designer]" and answer: "On its own science cannot answer this question. It must leave it to religion and philosophy." (P-11 at 7; 9:13-14 (Haught)). A significant aspect of the IDM is that despite Defendants' protestations to the contrary, it describes ID as a religious argument. In that vein, the writings of leading ID proponents reveal that the designer postulated by their argument is the God of Christianity." Dover trial ruling: Context Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District