Affirmation 1 -- There is a Creator
There is a God. The design of the universe points inescapably to a
designer and creator.
Does God exist or not? Consider the implications of the answer to this question. If a Creator exists, do we owe Him (or whatever it is–as yet undetermined) any obedience, etc.? This page focuses on the question of whether there is a Creator. I’ll leave the identification of that Creator for another time (and another page).
Since random natural processes cannot have encoded information in DNA and gradual natural selection cannot have created biological mechanisms that are irreducibly complex, there has to have been a designer. Those are pretty strong statements, and I don’t simply expect you to take my word for it. Please take some time and review the evidences referenced below. I believe you will come to the same conclusion Anthony Flew (“the world’s most notorious atheist”) did. You can click here to see the book he has published about his conversion to belief in a Creator. Simply stated–whether this designer is the God of the Bible, Allah, an ancient advanced species from outter space, or a cosmic chicken, there must have been a first cause, a designer behind the design.
A Perspective on Intelligent Design (ID)
Intelligent Design (ID) will win the day. The reasons it hasn’t already are several. Much of it is that it just takes time for naturalism’s inertia to die.
Another reason is that it is being promoted in ways that are counter productive.
While ID has significant impacts on science, it is not science and it was never supposed to be science. It is a philosophy of science. It is not in competition with evolution*; it is in competition with naturalism, and it should be discussed and debated in this way. In the classroom it is enough to teach that there must have been an intelligence behind the cosmos. Theologians (appropriately) and philosophers can pursue the answer to “who was this intelligence?”
The worst thing people can do to promote ID is to link it to Biblical creationism– especially young earth creationism. Unfortunately that is exactly what many well meaning Christians have done. Now when people in the media or at school board meetings claim ID is “religion” (false–but it’s not science either… see above) we have given them the ammunition to do so.
I firmly believe in the Genesis account of creation. I also do not trust unqualified school teachers to teach my children about God. Also, I’m far more concerned with my children’s theology than with their biology. Let schools stick to science (and its philosopical foundations). The children can and should learn about God at home and in the church.
Let’s neither be surprised nor discouraged when the worldly think in a worldly way. Evangelism is not changing peoples minds about science and politics, it is the proclamation of the gospel. These other things will follow as the result of changed hearts..
* ID destroys the foundation of evolution (scientific naturalism) instead.