Religion and science are compatible.
Since the development of the Renaissance concept of "the scientific approach," religion and science have tended to be, more often than not, at loggerheads. "Intelligent Design" attempts to bridge the gap between the two apparently incompatible approaches towards the interpretation of reality. In my book, I have attempted to achieve this end through the scenario of a hyper-intelligent computer which, initially designed to solve the issues through which humanity undergoes its myriad of sufferings, ends up causing, by means of what apears to be the acquiring of some form of consciousness, more problems than it solves.
By the middle of the current century, in which this story is set, the distinction between biological and computer viruses becomes ever increasingly blurred. This adds to the problems of Professor Parton, the head of the research team, who has been given limited time by the computer to respond to the vast number of questions it fires at him. His failure to satisfy the computer with reasonable answers, will put at stake far more than the professional reputations of he and his,colleagues, it will result in the annihilation of the Earth and the entire human species.