I just watched a documentary this morning called Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus in which one of the men interviewed made a very profound statement.
Dr. Steve Case said:
The theology that these guys [i.e. ID advocates] are promoting is a really destructive theology, it’s a ‘God of the gaps’ theology, God lives in the gaps of our understanding and irreducible complexity is a beautiful example of that. They say that the universe is so complex that we cannot understand it. So the question the kid is gonna to ask is “well, why would we do science? If we’re not gonna get it anyway what a waste of time.” But, you know, the thing is for a child then to adopt that theology, that means the more you learn the smaller God gets, because he’s in where we don’t understand. Well that means we’re setting kids up to be anti-intellectual or have a crisis of faith where they reject their faith.
The jury’s still out for me on evolution but I think there is much merit to his comments here and this can be applied to quite a few areas of modern theology.