And a very sophisticated and mystical one, too -- a far cry from simple-minded literal Creationism. [Thanks: Camassia.]
This is John Garvey writing in Commonweal, his objection being that Intelligent Design envisions a blandly benign deistic engineer who could not be responsible for such botches as cancer and Alzheimer's and the intricate cruelties of nature. And yet, there they are.
The God of the Bible is responsible for the world, but it is a world that has been wounded beyond comprehension by sin and evil. . . . When we study this creation we study something infinitely more mysterious--and torn and unfinished--than a well-designed machine; it is something at once wonderful and perishing and cannot be reduced to what science can see and tell us, either about randomness or design. The God of the Bible is not the prime mover of Greek philosophy or the benign provider of the deists. He appears in the burning bush and will not give his name. He wrestles with Jacob (who is Israel, the one who “contends with God”). This God has no handle--not designer, planner, nor architect, except as a fleeting metaphor. This God is unknowable, silent, suddenly appearing, interfering when unwanted and absent when wanted, always elusive--and this tricky one is responsible for the universe.
I've deliberately elided the Christian references from this paragraph, which is to say that I've distorted its meaning. By all means, go read the whole essay in the original. It was my gut instinct to omit the Christian resolution -- the redemption of this torn world by Christ's sacrifice -- maybe because I'm Jewish, or maybe because I find the question so arresting that I don't want it answered quite yet.
Or maybe that is to say the same thing.