My favorite ID in a new cloak article in WIE is “Which Came First: The Chicken or the Big Bang?” Similar to David Korten in his book The Great Turning, Tom Huston presents intelligent design without a God but with a consciousness. Huston relies on Paul Davies to present the idea that during the time of the big bang a “self-creating universe in a teleological backward causation” reached in and adjusted the laws of physics at the time of the Big Bang to ensure that the universe can support life. So, somehow, somewhere, something reached back in time to trigger the creation of the universe as we know it. Well, okay, maybe I am missing something here but to me this sounds like a nice fairy tale, just like the other creation stories.
Also, these examples indicate that there is not that much difference between spirituality and religion: both lead to the suspension of critical thinking. Granted some come up with some nice stories. The problem is that they don’t see these stories as such but rather as valid theories that “may become the top contender for explaining why the universe” is as it is (to generalize Huston’s statement).
I have to agree with the Bertrand Russell quote that Huston presents at the end of his article: “The universe is just there and that’s all.”