" Well Einstein believed that the universe was intelligently designed. Einstein was therefore a believer in Intelligent Design."
Einstein believed the laws of the universe were intelligently designed.
If he saw what currently passed as the theory of "intelligent design", he would have either shook his head in digust or laughed at it. And in this case it refers to EVOLUTION, not the creation of the universe (see how this discussion started before you changed the subject to the universe). To repeat: the 'intelligent design' aspect relates to evolution, since it was a discussion about darwinism vs intelligent design. NOT the creation of the universe.
So try staying on subject, ok?
You know what else einstein said? It's one of my favorite quotes:
" If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."
Meaning he was able to do what he did because other people before him asked questions and did the work.
Now go back to the world before einstein - to the time of isaac newton. Imagine if he did basically what the intelligent design advocates wanted to do: explain the "gaps" by them being the hand of God, and not messing with any theories that might run contrary to the bible.
Why did the apple fall? Will of God.
Momentum? Angular Momentum? The light spectrum? All "wills of God", and therefore no reason to delve any further.
When we fail to ask question, we fail to take the opportunity to learn. That's why passing ID off as a scienctific theory is bad. Saying "Well, God did this", either when you can't explain something, or when you're afraid the other answer might conflict with your strict biblical view of the world, destroys great opportunities to ask questions and to learn.
Krauthammer said it: I.D. is nice for a theology class, but it doesn't belong in a science class.
It's one of mine as well. :-)
However, ummm... wasn't Einstein, it was Newton.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." from Sir Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke in a letter during the year 1675.