Michael Dowd, author of "Thank God for Evolution!", is the nation's foremost evangelist for celebrating the compatibility of sound science and good religion. In a recent blog, Michael points out the consequences of the biblically literalistic defense of supernaturalism. "Is it any wonder that young people are leaving religion by the millions, if this is the 'good news' they are offered? Is it any wonder that the new atheists continue to ride bestseller lists if religion is equated with such 'supernaturalism'?"
All the arguments for 'intelligent design' are appeals to belief in the "God of the gaps", a supernatural deity who is supposed to account for the existence of things that science can't yet explain. In the "Dangerous Descent" play, the actor advocating for 'intelligent design' constantly complains whenever the actor advocating for evolutionary biology says 'not yet'. But science is all about seeking out explanations for that which has 'not yet' been understood. All that has so far been discovered was once 'not yet' explained. Science thrives on the quest to close the very 'gaps' that supernaturalist Christians invoke as evidence of the existence of their God. The "God of the gaps" has been shrinking toward oblivion for centuries now, as each gap is filled by new discoveries.
But there is a gapless God: the One who is one with the process of evolution and ongoing creation. The One who is one with nature. The One who is a verb that moves from within, rather than a noun that stands outside the universe and gives directions. The One who is existence itself, and thus whose existence is pointless to prove. The One whose presence we feel in prayer and worship. The One who is the essence of the awe we feel when we ponder the natural marvels that surround us. The God we sense in the glow of wonderment, as we consider our knowledge, our ignorance, and our ongoing quest to discover how the universe works.