The religion and society think-tank Ekklesia has welcomed a report from leading scholars critiquing 'intelligent design' ideas on both theological and scientific grounds.
Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow today welcomed the statement on ID from the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) as "a very important development".
"Intelligent design is a serious category mistake in both theological and scientific discourses," he said. "It brings the proper engagement of religion and science into disrepute, and benefits those who wish to pursue dubious ideological agendas at the expense of a common search for truth and wisdom."
The ISSR Statement on the Concept of “Intelligent Design” may be found on the ISSR website: http://www.issr.org.uk/id-statement.asp
After exchanges with a number of concerned groups, including the religious think-tank Ekklesia and the British Humanist Association, the British government issued a statement last year making it clear that ID should not be part of science teaching in schools, in spite of attempts by creationist lobby groups to get it recognised.