Before continuing with this series on the many false and misleading statements about ID in the book The Language of God, I wanted to comment on some of the larger problems with Francis Collins’ discussion. The specific factual problems with his treatment of ID really matter, because of the larger problems with this chapter.
1. Collins does not accurately explain what ID is. He defines it in a way that is at odds with how the leading ID proponents describe it, and he does not disclose this.
2. The whole chapter on ID reads like a polemic, and it seems that he is trying to marginalize ID proponents and encourage Christians to dismiss ID without considering its claims.
3. He seems to want to paint ID as unscientific and a product of a Christian lawyer. Again, this will not encourage thoughtful reflection on the key issues.
4. He does not acknowledge that he makes ID arguments in his book, and does not give any explanation as to why he seems to think some design arguments are good while others are bad.
5. His discussion of ID will harm ongoing civil discourse, not help it. This is obviously not what the Christian community needs right now.