Stated simply, Intelligent Design (ID) claims that the natural and living worlds show clear signs of being designed and are not the result of blind, purposeless forces. Many people who are aware of ID assume, wrongly, it is a variant of creationism or a form of religious fundamentalism. But when they take time to examine it they discover a powerful and self-evident idea.
In its current form, ID poses a formidable challenge to the accepted theories of origins. Drawing on the work of an increasing number of scientists around the world, Intelligent Design questions the current insistence that the origin of life and the universe is a purposeless and undirected process. ID argues from empirical evidence that is easily detected by scientific enquiry. Its distinguishing characteristic is that it does not appeal to any religious authority, but to scientific investigation alone.