The Appearance of Design?

300px-Da_Vinci_Vitruve_Luc_ViatourIf you are at all familiar with the so called “new atheists” that are not really new, this phrase will sound familiar. To anyone with up to five senses the universe is an amazing, awe inspiring place; so much so that it almost appears as if someone purposefully designed it this way. I say almost because design in nature is something the atheist cannot allow, but since the evidence for design is so overwhelming they will admit that it appears as if it is designed. They know better of course because evolution is a “fact,” and natural selection and random mutation are unguided processes that somehow for no reason at all “make” things that appear designed. A title of a book I read recently tells well my response such thinking: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.

For 90 plus percent of the people on earth, what appears to be designed actually is. All the artifacts of human civilization made by human beings also appear to be designed because they actually are designed. From the simplest to the most complex, we all know the inference from design to a designer is just plain old common sense. But when it comes to nature the atheist thinks such an inference is invalid. What this tells us is that the atheist has an a priori commitment to naturalism: there is no God, an unprovable assumption btw, ergo any appearance of design is an illusion.

I thought of all this when I saw an article last week with the title, “The Beautiful Math Inside All Living Things.” This short piece, with no mention of God, shows us the amazing precision of life mathematically considered. It is mind blowing. The rational response should be doxology. How such exquisite beauty would not create a crisis of doubt in the atheist’s faith commitment to naturalism leaves me dumbfounded, but alas we know why this is. We call it the fall. But for those who know better, the fundamental fact of existence is found in the very first words of the Bible: “In the beginning God created . . . “