Bradley Monton, author of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009), p. 36.
Consider some feature of the universe, such as its
beginning to exist (assuming that it did begin to exist). There are
various competing explanations we can consider for such a feature, and
one of those explanations will be that the feature was due to an
intelligent cause. We may judge this explanation to be the best one but
it doesn’t follow that the explanation is true. The right account
could be that there’s no explanation at all for why the universe has
the feature that it does.
Thus, if the doctrine of intelligent design
is as I’ve stated above, with the claim that the best explanation for
the features is an intelligent cause, then I endorse intelligent design.
I can do this, as an atheist, because I reject the inference that the
best explanation is true or even likely to be true. My opinion is that
it’s probably the case that the true account is that there’s no
explanation at all.
- Bradley Monton, author of Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design (Broadview Press, 2009), p. 36.