The doctrine of the intelligent design from the point of view of the cognitive science of religion

Wojciech Piotr Grygiel

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2020.006

Abstract


The doctrine of the Intelligent Design offers an intuitive explanation of why the ordering in the Universe is authored by an intentional agency. Due to its appeal to common-sense perception, this doctrine is endorsed even by scientifically literate circles despite of its obvious contradiction with the discoveries of science. In this article, an attempt to apply the tools of the cognitive science of religion to the appraisal of the methodological and epistemic status of the ID doctrine is presented. It is concluded that the ID doctrine may serve as means of the real-time metaphorical reassurance of the creative power of God while it cannot give grounds to any literal inferences on the nature of the Divine action.

Keywords


intelligent design; ordering; en tropy; mental states; probability

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