I'm a card carrying evolutionary athiest and have come to the inevitable conclusion that we will never convince people who rally against evolution. And i'm now pretty well much beyond caring.
ID started off as an excellent compromise between the two warring factions. We could all think what we wanted to think, know the other side was wrong but have a nice polite way to discuss it at dinner parties - Brilliant. Its a pity the concept was abused in the ways that it was.
But to the original question. What is God to me?
God is a faith and comfort that i wish i had. Its the grown ups Santa. Its meant to motivate us to do well, judge us when we dont and surround us with light and comfort when we need it in the secret early hours of the morning when the whole world is grey and sad. I *wish* that i could have that. The cold hard facts of science are of little comfort when i worry about the otherside. I know that there is no otherside and that bleak emptiness without scares the crap out of me. i know that i will not be aware and that i'll have probably ceased to exist (c'mon string theory) and i'm sad for a world that doesn't have me in it. cause yes...i am *exactly* that self involved. But i cannot reconcile the mythology with the science.
I grew up amongst some deeply religious people that not only worshipped their god, but loved it in an entirely personal way that was touching to see. The idea of a God is a comfort, whether real or not, and i whole-heartedly support anyones methods of getting through the day. As long as i can get the same respect for my methods.
And to all the Anti-IDers out there, i reccomend the Church of the Flying Spaghettie Monster. A must read - and uproariously funny. If i have a church, its this one.