intelligent design

Microscopic Machines

It used to be that one could look at something that had the appearance of design and reasonably infer that it was probably designed. Now, it seems more in vogue to look at something that has the appearence of design and vehemently deny that it was designed at all. I’m as open-minded as the next guy, but I’m not so sure this new approach to inference is superior to the previous one.

Let’s look to biology, as a case in point. The appearence of design is apparent even to someone as metaphysically skeptical as Richard Dawkins, who wrote in The Blind Watchmaker:

Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.

That’s all well and good, but I’m a visual person — so to illustrate this point further, I’ve corralled a couple of videos that illustrate just two of the functions our cells carry out every day: (more…)

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What IS naturalism, really?

A light bulb just went off for me.

There has been much talk lately (on this blog and elsewhere) about the respective merits of naturalism and theism as competing worldview philosophies — emphasis on competing, which implies that they are distinct enough as philosophies so as to be essentially mutually exclusive.  Now, I’ve been a part of this ongoing conversation for a little bit, and every now and then someone with whom I am discussing the issue will make a statement that stuck like a barb into my conscious mind — such as: (more…)

John Lennox on Intelligent Design

John Lennox is absolutely my favorite Christian apologist of our time.  Ravi Zacharias is up there too.

What I love about both these men is their style of communicating.  Yes, they make brilliant points and are strong thinkers — but they are able to avoid the communicative pitfalls that often accompany members of the intelligentsia.  Never in my experience of watching either of these gentlemen has there ever been an ounce of arrogance, self-promotion, or malice in anything they say — but on the contrary, they exude respect, compassion, honesty, and integrity.  I want to be like these men, for I see them as strong imitators of Christ.

And I came across a clip from a talk that seems to feature both Lennox and Zacharias!  I need to find out what event this was, and if a full video of it is available.  In this clip, Lennox is responding to the following question from an audience member:

If humans and life were intelligently designed, then why do our bodies not show intelligent design so much as they reveal the evidence of evolutionary ancestry?

I think his answer is elegant, incisive, and brilliant.  But, then again, I shouldn’t be surprised, we’re talking about John Lennox — this is par for the course.