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7.6 Intelligent Design Movement

The movement is headquartered in the “Centre for Science and Culture” (CSC) established in 1996. The Discovery Institute’s Intelligent Design campaigns have been staged primarily in the United States. Intelligent design proponents allege that science should not be limited to naturalism. The overall goal of the movement is to “defeat the materialist world view” represented by the theory of evolution in favour of “a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions”.

Leading Intelligent Design proponents have made conflicting statements regarding Intelligent Design. In statements directed at the general public, they say Intelligent Design is not religious; when addressing conservative Christian supporters, they state that Intelligent Design has its foundation in the Bible. They want to encourage and equip believers with new scientific evidences that support the faith.

Barbara Forrest has written that the movement’s “activities betray an aggressive, systematic agenda for promoting not only “Intelligent Design creationism”, but the religious world-view that undergirds it.