Darwinists are just like most other people, in that when they feel their worldview is being attacked, they lash out with unsupported attacks. One of these attacks is the claim that ID science is nothing more than warmed over creationism – I think the term they use is “Creationism in a cheap tuxedo.” This is simply a canard that has come about because of the emotional response of having one’s worldview challenged.
Creationism starts and ends with the Bible, Genesis to be exact. And, while I find the Bible to be a valuable resource in understanding our culture and morality as well as living a good life, it is not a science text. Also, science does not start with a conclusion and then work backwards to the data. There is some real research going on in the field that may be suggestive of the creationist account, but it is far from proven and more work would need to be done to convince me.
ID science is a scientific endeavor that starts with the evidence and follows where it leads. The conclusion from this approach is that the best inference to life’s origins and subsequent development on this planet is that it was designed. Further, there is a cosmological argument as well that seeks to explain the accepted fine-tuning of the universe within the design paradigm. These are both born from facts and data, not from reading a specific scripture. In fact, ID proponents come from all religious backgrounds: Christians, Muslims, Jews, agnostics, atheists, etc. To paint ID science as creationism in disguise is simply wrong.