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Believing What You See   Leave a comment

Even atheist scientists admit the world appears to be designed.

Yeah, really, they do.

Richard Dawkins stated in “The God Delusion” that “Living things are not designed, but Darwinian natural selection licenses a version of the design stance for them. We get a short cut to understanding the heart if we assume that it is designed to pump blood.” (2006, p. 182). While denying that the heart is designed by any intelligence, he admits it’s easier to understand it if we assume it was.

Jerry Coyne wrote in Why Evolution is True (2009), “if anything is true about nature, it is that plants and animals seem intricately and almost perfectly designed for living their lives … Nature resembles a well-oiled machine, with every species an intricate cog or gear.” (p. 1). On Page 3, he wrote “The more one learns about plans and animals, the more one marvels at how well their designs fit their way of life.” Michael Shermer in Why Darwin Matters (2006) wrote “The design inference comes naturally. The reason people think that a Designer created the world is that it looks designed” (p. 65). Dawkins wrote in The Greatest Show on Earth (2009) that “So compelling is that illusion (of design) that it has fooled our greatest minds for centuries, until Charles Darwin burst onto the scenes.” (p. 416).

Rick says he always stood in awe of the human body and its apparent design. “Think about ball-and-socket joints in the hips and shoulders, the S curve of the spine that allows us to walk upright.” It’s one reason he never claimed to be an atheist. He could never completely deny that the human body he knows so well as a scientist really looks like it was designed … design would require a designer.

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