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Definitions matter

The York Daily Record on Sunday published a brief opinion piece from a York resident challenging the paper's definition of intelligent design.

What is intelligent design? Are our kids being taught to think? Do schools want to give a good education?

The York Daily Record definition says, "ID holds that all living organisms are so complex that they must have been created by an unspecified divine being."

The YDR is not alone in using this description which is actually how critics of design define the theory. Hopefully the YDR will begin using a more accurate description, or at least attribute this one to critics rather than leaving it as if it were the proper, working definition.

Once more, with feeling: "The scientific theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Note: Intelligent design theory does not claim that science can determine the identity of the intelligent cause. Nor does it claim that the intelligent cause must be a "divine being" or a "higher power" or an "all-powerful force." All it proposes is that science can identify whether certain features of the natural world are the products of intelligence."

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