Originally posted by jimmyb270
How did these two theories come to be in conflict?
They are not in conflict as theories.
ID is a non-scientific hypothesis with a one
simple testable hypothesis: nature is ordered on the basis of design principles, which scientists may discern. It, then, attempts to carry the implications of that hypothesis (assuming it survives testing) outside the realm of science to posit a Creator.
Even if we discover certain fundamental designs in the universe, that is a long way from success as a theory in the same league as Evolution. The theory of evolution is one of science's most fundamental theories, and it is at the core of scientific knowledge in many scientific disciplines, including, but not limited to geology, paleontology, biology, and genetics. As such, the theory of evolution organizes and makes sensible thousands of bits of data that scientists observe every day, much of which anyone with intact senses may perceive.
The perceived conflict, rooted mostly in dishonest articulations of the principles of scientific method, is but one salient illustration of the anti-intellectualism that runs deep in American culture. Although some of the world's best and brightest from all continents come to the United States for graduate school, the vast majority of Americans do not deserve the high school diplomas that represent the pinnacle of their academic achievement.
As far as I ave been able to discern, this issue does not exist as a controversy of any sort outside the United States.