Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Design and Illusion

One of the most basic appeals to intelligent design is to say that a building needs a builder, a painting needs a painter, music needs a composer, and the far more complex things of life itself need a Master Designer. A bit simplistic, I'll allow, but it does make a point. Even children can see something and will intrinsically ask, "Who made that?" Atheists and evolutionists tell us we're nuts, that things only appear to be designed; things that we perceive as having patterns are nothing more than apophenia. This veiled ad hominem is actually a statement of metaphysics based on atheistic presuppositions; it has nothing to do with science.

Atheists and evolutionists claim that there is no design in nature, it only looks that way. Then they appeal to invisible imaginary agencies of evolution while implying that we are insane.
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Atheists like Michael Shermer tell us that we evolved that ability to avoid predators. How he "knows" this is a mystery. People like this who say that there is no intelligent agency designing life are suppressing the truth about the Creator they know exists (Rom. 1:18-23). More than that, they appeal to invisible imaginary agencies that guide particles-to-pretender evolution. Mere assertions from misotheists who are Making Things Up™ are not exactly factual. Not by a long shot. It takes willful ignorance to deny the obvious specified complexities in organisms.
Life looks like it was designed. Even Richard Dawkins admits it: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”1 It seems biology cannot do without design language. However, evolutionists say life is a result of mindless processes, not design. So, if life is not designed, why does it fool us so readily into thinking it is? Some evolutionists try to explain why the appearance of design in biology is convincing though misleading—with a phenomenon called ‘apophenia’. Apophenia is ‘seeing meaningful connections in random phenomena’. Put simply, the idea is that the appearance of design in biology is just a trick of the way our brains work.
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