Originally posted by The Chess Express
[b]My point was that all these discoveries are part of a scientific field or dicipline called astronomy which if the creation account is to be believed must be a field of science based entirely on false principles. So why do the ID crowd attack evolution but not astronomy?
Not all IDers reject evolution or the notion that the earth is billio ...[text shortened]... tion so science and religion should work together. Many scientists for example are also theists.[/b]
This is true. Both Dembski and Behe, the two most prominent IDer's, accept the scientific consensus on the age of both the universe and the earth. I know Behe, and I believe Dembski as well, also accepts that all species today, including man, descended from less complicated ones and that there was a common ancestor, or set of common ancestors for all life.
They disagree with the scientific community when they claim that these earliest ancestors could not have also arisen naturally and insist instead that they could only have been formed by what basically amounts to magic. Poof!
It is a testament to the uneducated fear, and thus irrational hatred, that YEC's show toward evolution, that so many support the efforts of Behe and Dembski. It's an "enemy of my enemy is my friend" mentality.
P.S. TCE: Despite my disappointment with your reasoning skills and your ability to follow and understand semi-difficult arguments, I have always wanted to tell you that I appreciate that your willingness to challenge both believers and non-believers here. You do not play partisan games, and I commend you for that.
Edit: On second thought, maybe its a "I don't know what the heck you're talking about Behe, but if it goes against science and has God in it then Hallelujah!" mentality