Abednego linked to what people have been calling Alvin Plantinga's press release on evolution and Christianity. I'm particularly interested in the following quote, which I thank Dick Cleary for noticing first:
[The claim that] human beings and other living creatures have come about by chance, rather than by God's design, is also not a proper part of empirical science. How could science show that God has not intentionally designed and created human beings and other creatures? How could it show that they have arisen merely by chance. That's not empirical science. That's metaphysics, or maybe theology. It's a theological add-on, not part of science itself. And, since it is a theological add-on, it shouldn't, of course, be taught in public schools.
His interesting conclusion is that those who oppose teaching ID in schools on the grounds that it's religion are themselves teaching something that's explicitly a religious view by their own criteria. If they just wanted to teach the theory and what it's supposed to explain in terms of efficient causes, that would be ok, but that's not what you get in most high school biology classes. Evolutionary theory is often presented as an explanation in contrast to creationist accounts (where I mean 'creationist' broadly to refer to any view with God as any sort of explanation). Any account that means by 'chance' something that precludes a designer is offering a view that is at least as religious as any of the Intelligent Design arguments are. Just to be clear, I don't think any of this is religious. It's a philosophical conclusion, one very similar to other philosophical conclusions that scientists consdider part of scientific argumentation. I'm just pointing out that the standards of the political hacks who think ID is religion require applying the same conclusion here. Both claims are about things that they themselves consider to be outside the realm of science. Yet they do it themselves.