Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Scientific Case for Design

The Scientific Case for Design 

The universe is a vast and mysterious place.  From the smallest sub-atomic particle, through the intricate nano-technology of the living cell, to Planet Earth, the Solar System and the furthest galaxy, our universe is stunningly beautiful and exceedingly complex.  And it poses huge questions.

Where did it come from?  Why is it here?  What is my part in it?  Most generations across history have, largely by intuition, perceived that the natural and living worlds point to an intelligent source and have found meaning in it from that viewpoint.

The rise of modern science from around the 18th century has uncovered deeper secrets of the universe and discovered an amazing array of forces, structures and connections as diverse as those found in quantum physics and the genetic code.  In uncovering how natural and living systems function, science has hugely broadened our understanding of the cosmos.  However, it has also posed new questions and only deepened the mystery of the universe.
With science has come ideological naturalism which insists that everything about the universe is ultimately explicable in purely physical terms.  That philosophy, allied to neo-Darwinism, purports to give a comprehensive worldview which excludes the possibility of deliberate design.
However, the new evidence about design makes that an unsustainable position.  The findings of intelligent design theorists significantly change the scientific landscape.

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