For this installment of the Signposts series, I’ve chosen to start out with a frozen pizza. Stay with me, I think you will figure it out long before I get to the conclusion.
Let’s say you have a box of frozen pizza in your kitchen freezer. If you examine it closely and objectively you can determine quite a lot. For example:
-) The box is made of a light weight, inexpensive, fairly sturdy material. The cardboard construction also indicates that it is intended to be either discarded or recycled after use.
-) The graphics and text printed on the box give a lot of information about the contents – type, size, nutritional and cooking directions.
-) The dimensions of the box make it the most efficient size required to protect the contents from crushing or bouncing around inside the container during transport and storage.
Now, having determined all of that, I have one simple request. Without invoking forces outside the freezer, tell me how that pizza got there.
Your first response will likely be to say that someone put it there – but, under the rules set forth that answer is not allowed. The ‘someone’ is outside the freezer.
Well then, what options are left? You could say that the pizza has always been there – that frozen pizzas are part of the freezer design, or that the freezer was built with the components of the box of pizza in it, and over time they somehow managed to assemble themselves into a box of frozen pizza. Maybe it started out as a simple ice cube and over a long period of time became a pizza….
You see where this is going? Of course you do. If you start out with the assumption that there is no person outside the freezer that can influence what happens or appears inside the freezer, you exclude the most plausible explanation for the existence of what is in the freezer.
This is exactly the position of the atheist. Given the overwhelming evidence from biology, physics, and astronomy alone that the physical universe (and this world in particular) was designed by an intelligent Being, they must resort to similar absurd arguments to deny it. I’ve looked at a wide variety of arguments against intelligent design, and they all ultimately boil down to this: “It only LOOKS like design”.
In other words, nobody put that pizza in the freezer, it just looks like it… sorry, but I don’t have nearly enough faith to believe that.
Another popular line of attack against ID is that it is not scientific because it doesn’t use scientific methodology to prove anything, just to DISprove Darwinism. That argument shows either an ignorance of what Intelligent Design is, or deliberate mischaratorization. ID is a theory that attempts to both disprove Darwinism and provide proof of an intelligent Designer.
Both views interpret the same data, yet one is unscientific simply because the interpretation varies from the ‘consensus’ view. On that criteria, Darwinism should be discounted as unscientific because when it was new, it did not agree with the consensus either.
Intelligent Design has been presented, debated and even legislated so much in recent years that I’ll not start throwing out examples indicating design here. Instead, I’ll give you a LOT of links to follow if you want to examine the argument in detail.
The Institute for Creation Research has many links, well written articles, and resources.
Infoplease.com has a brief article about ID, with some useful links. I disagree with one line in their article – “In addition, the theory has been attacked on the grounds that many aspects of nature fail to show any evidence of intelligent design, such as “junk” DNA …”, since recent discoveries have shown that so-called ‘junk’ (or non-coding) DNA actually have a vital role in regulating RNA as well as other functtions.
J. Warner Wallace has posted a series of Youtube videos, the first of which is quite similar to my pizza box illustration, and much better presented. You can see it here.
The Discovery Institute in Seattle has a variety of articles and resources discussing Intelligent Design.
Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box has a blog at Uncommon Descent. This guy really knows his stuff!
Programming of Life is a 45 minute video that is well worth the time.
Stand to Reason has an interesting article about how a close examination of the evidence for design prompted a very prominent atheist to declare that he had become a thiest as a result.
Intelligentdesign.org has a lot of links to information about ID.
And finally, Ben Stein has made a documentary about the implications of the exclusion of ID from both education and scientific discourse entitled Expelled: No Intellegence Allowed.
Because of pressing personal and work commitments over the next few days, the next in the Signpost Series will not be posted until the first week of November.