There appears to be a reflection of modern scientific theory in Western society. Quantum mechanics, for example, emphasizes uncertainty, randomness, incomprehensibility, and lack of causes—is it fate, or a lucky roll of the dice? This science theory originated in the depressed mood of post World War I Germany, connecting the public mood from the horrors of war. Coupled with the apparent randomness of the universe, this theory perhaps aided in the culture embracing relativism. Relativism says there is no absolute truth, so one makes one’s own truth, and pursues personal happiness.
Fast forward a few decades, past the age when science was supposed to solve all the problems, with repeated promises of benefits that did not rid the world of violence, disease or other pain, and what do we get? Cynicism results. In an effort to find a sort of “soothing balm” to ease the pain of this chaotic reality, politically correct behavior became the standard, cloaked in the name of “tolerance.” This is supposed to create peace, but peace exists only if one agrees with the current opinions. Relativists are intolerant of those who don’t agree with this “almighty cultural commandment.” It’s practically considered a moral imperative in its own right. If it’s a moral judgement that we should all respect another’s point of view, then it’s assumed any other point of view is immoral. Christianity, for instance, claims it is the true religion. Relativists don’t “tolerant” this kind of thinking.
In a time of moral chaos, some Christians have searched for certainty by defining certain doctrines with strict, literal interpretations. This is what is called “Biblical literalism.” These literalists want to impose their religious views on others in a pluralistic society, which cannot happen. It’s not even Biblical. There will always be people who don’t believe in God; so, this is not the solution to the uncertainty of our times. (The only solution is when Jesus returns, but that is for another blog!)
Instead, with development of the Intelligent Design theory, it could quell the uncertainty of our time by giving people hope that life is created, and thus, has a bigger meaning. Science and religion combined could produce hope that may result, if directed by truth, in the ridding of this relativistic mood in society. When viewed as designed, life no longer seems random. Instead, there is a purpose and a point to human existence, which should inspire all of humanity to embrace intentionality as a common goal. After we’ve found a common ground in the Intelligent Design theory, perhaps then we can get into specifics of “Who” did the designing.