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Intelligent Design: ID

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

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The Intelligent Design Movement

The Intelligent Design (ID) movement started in the 1990s and today includes Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and agnostics. Philosopher of Science Stephen Meyer defines ID as "the idea that certain features of the natural world are better explained as the product of a guiding transcendent intelligence than as the result of unguided natural processes.”

More and more, science confirms that the Universe appears to be designed. Discovery after discovery shows us this. A design naturally implies a Designer, a Designer with intent, who actualized all of this. And purposefulness is always the invention of the intellect, the thought, of a conscious person.

We know from experience that nothing is ever created by itself. Creative persons first formulate what they want to create—they conceive first and realize last.

The foundation of all reality is information, and information only comes from an intelligent mind. It indeed is apparent that Divine Intelligence created this Cosmos.

Even Charles Darwin confirmed, “One cannot look at this Universe with all living productions & man without believing that all has been intelligently designed.” Militant atheist Richard Dawkins adds, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” But it has become taboo to say, “life is the result of intelligent design,” in our universities, even though there is no better explanation for the origin of life.

Suppose you do see Intelligent Design mentioned in a science journal. In that case, it is generally accompanied by scoffing ridicule, paired with terms such as "an intellectual virus, pseudo-science, insidious, terrifying, threatening, and a return to the Dark Ages."

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Mind Created Matter; Matter Did Not Develop Minds

Intelligent Design is not a religious movement, as its enemies shriek. It is a theory based on evidence. It makes more sense to interpret our Cosmos as the product of Intelligent Design, not a cosmos that appeared out of nothing by chance. In other words, mind created matter. Matter did not develop minds. That is a scientific argument, not a religious one. More and more scientists are becoming convinced that the Universe is designed. Some famous former atheists now believe there must be some Designer, even if they have not become religious.

William Rusher observes how nasty Darwinists can get: “One can't help being a little surprised at the sheer savagery of the evolutionists' attack on Intelligent Design. One thinks of scientists as calm, intelligent people, perhaps wearing white smocks, who take on questions to which we don't know the answers, think about them carefully, and test various explanations experimentally until they come up with one that solves the problem.”

But that hasn't been the reaction at all of the evolutionists to Intelligent Design. They have all but bitten themselves in two, trying to drive it straight out of the realm of serious discussion. The haters of God declare that Intelligent Design is not in any ‘peer-reviewed science journals.’ But they control those journals! And any article submitted that presents Intelligent Design Theory is not published. It’s a neat trick. Anyone who challenges their worldview is either ignored or ridiculed. It is a rigged game. Some of the most important discoveries in scientific history have come from men who were not peer-reviewed.

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Directed Panspermia

Intelligent Design has been so well shown to be true that the godless now promote a new idea that we are intelligently designed but by space aliens. Any idea is plausible to them as long as God is not in it.

The great scientist Francis Crick acknowledged that DNA is similar to letters in written language that must be spelled correctly to convey the intended meaning. And acknowledged how impossible it would be for “ this miracle of molecular construction” to happen by accident: “All the cell need do is string together the amino acids in the correct order.” He admitted that the odds against this are “a one followed by 260 zeros!”

Since a protein ‘evolving’ all by itself is impossible, Crick and others, to keep God out of the picture, have decided to believe that life on Earth came from extraterrestrials. This theory is called ‘directed panspermia,’ defined by Tom Bethell as “self-replicating bacteria originated somewhere in the universe, spread by intelligent life-forms using space ships to propel the minute critters through interstellar space.”

Famous astronomer Fred Hoyle agreed with directed panspermia, because he saw that life evolving from non-life is just impossible: "The notion that the operating program of a living cell could be arrived at by chance in a primordial organic soup here on Earth is nonsense of the highest order. Life cannot have had a random beginning. The enormous information content of even the simplest living systems cannot, in our view, be generated by what are often called "natural" processes. For life to have originated on the Earth, it would be necessary that quite explicit instruction should have been provided for its assembly. Supposing the first cell originated by chance is like believing a tornado sweeping through a junkyard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein."

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ID Under Attack

Evolution is based on circular reasoning. It claims genes, organs, and limbs are similar because creatures have a common ancestor. How do they know creatures have a common ancestor? Genes, organs, and limbs are similar. There is no evidence for the truth of the thing.

Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor asks us to ruminate on the fact that those who denigrate Intelligent Design write such things in their books as: “Everything came from nothing for no reason,” “Acknowledging an intelligent Creator is an impediment to science, but asserting meaningless existence is a boon to science,” “There is no good or evil, and if you think there is, you’re evil,” “There is no free will, and you should change your mind and agree with me,” “Survival of the fittest explains why I’m sad your kid has cancer,” “Evolutionary biology is indispensable to medicine, so we should start teaching it in medical schools,” “The selective breeding experiments I designed in my lab are excellent examples of mindless evolution,” “Let me show you how undirected natural selection works in a simulation on the computer program I wrote,” and “Intelligent Design isn’t science, and it’s scientifically wrong.”

Stephen Meyer has shown that new functional protein configurations, which Darwinian evolution must discover by chance, actually cannot be discovered that way. Not only that, but these proteins possess new and functional information — the sort of thing that in other contexts we always ascribe to intelligent causes. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that this biological information was also the result of Intelligent Design.

When Meyer published his first book on Intelligent Design, scoffers flooded Amazon with negative reviews. Anti-God sentiments primarily drove the negative reviews. As Tom Gilson notes, "Three-quarters of the book's one-star reviews came from people who stated outright they hadn't read the book. They said things like, 'I don't need to read this to know it's ignorant.' This is an excellent way to expose their ignorance: They had no idea what they were talking about and acted proud of it!"

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Insights from Learned Minds

Michael Egnor provides some insights: “Your computer doesn’t know a binary string from a ham sandwich. Your math book doesn’t know algebra. Your Rolodex doesn’t know your cousin’s address. Your watch doesn’t know what time it is. Your television doesn’t know who won the football game last night. Your cell phone doesn’t know what you said to your girlfriend this morning. People know things. Devices don’t know anything. They don’t have minds.”

As philosopher William Lane Craig says, "A beachcomber who comes upon a sandcastle recognizes that it's not the result of the action of the waves and the wind, but intelligent design."

Chemist Dr. John Grebe posits: "That organic evolution could account for the complex forms of life in the past and the present has long since been abandoned by men who grasp the importance of the DNA genetic code."

Evolutionist Michael Denton declares: "The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some freakish, vastly improbable event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle."

Dr. Wilder-Smith is an honored scientist who is certainly well-informed on modern biology and biochemistry. What is his considered opinion about the source of the DNA codes found in each wondrous plant and animal? “An attempt to explain the formation of the genetic code from the chemical components of DNA is comparable to the assumption that the text of a book originates from the paper molecules on which the sentences appear, and not from any external source of information."

As Alan MacDougal explains: “It is certainly true that a machine carefully made by a craftsman reflects the existence of its creator. It would be foolish to suggest that time and chance could make a typewriter or a microwave oven or that the individual parts could form themselves into these complex mechanisms due to matter's physical properties. Yet, life is far, far more complex than any man-made machine. The more scientists study life, the more they become deeply impressed. Nature is full of intricate design and beauty. In contrast to man-made objects, which look increasingly crude in finish and detail, the closer they are viewed (i.e., through powerful microscopes), the closer life is examined, the more complex and wondrous it appears.”

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Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2021:

Cynthia B Turner ~ Greetings! You are quite welcome. Thank you for visiting and reading my article. I love the way you put this: "When you look at the wonderful, intricate ways that the world and the universe are constructed, with all that exists, even the interconnected of it all, it is hard to believe that it was all by happenstance."

Indeed!

In answer to your question, which is a very good one, the Creator was not created: He always was. Now, that is hard to wrap our heads around because in our world we know every living critter has a birth and a death. God created space and time for us. But He is not confined by space or time. He is timeless. And we will meet Him someday.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2021:

Pamela Ogelsby ~ You are most welcome. Thank you for coming by to visit and read a spell. I am well pleased to see that you found my article well-written and informative. I sure appreciate you reading it, and your encouraging words.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2021:

T ~ Thank you for reading my work. I like the way you put this: "Yes indeed, we need food for thought after the decades of excrement the secular world has been feeding us under the guise of “science!”"

And like you, "If I watch one more Nat Geo show that declares evolution is fact I’ll puke."

It is often more insidious than that. I was watching one documentary that Oprah Winfrey was narrating and when she referred to apes she kept saying "we," as in "We learned to dig for worms," while showing some ape doing so. I got it right away but a kid watching would be brainwashed. Again, I love the David Attenborough documentaries because I learn so much about our wonderful Creation but he has to slip in little digs amidst the wonder and beauty such as, "As we evolved" or "2,538,643 years ago this happened." LOL

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 08, 2021:

Frank Rooks ~ You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read my article on Intelligent Design, and for letting my know you found it thought-provoking. That was the idea'r. :-)

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on February 08, 2021:

When you look at the wonderful, intricate ways that the world and the universe are constructed, with all that exists, even the interconnected of it all, it is hard to believe that it was all by happenstance. But inevitably I am stopped and stumped by the question, if it is all by intelligent design, who created the designer? Thank you for such a well written article and so much information to process. A lifetime will never answer all of our questions.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 07, 2021:

This well-written, informative article sure has a wealth of information to consider. Intelligent design is a complcated topic to me, and I am glad to read your article.I would like to understand this topic much better as much of what you wrote is new to me. Thank you, James.

T on February 07, 2021:

Food for thought! Yes indeed, we need food for thought after the decades of excrement the secular world has been feeding us under the guise of “science!”

If I watch one more Nat Geo show that declares evolution is fact I’ll puke.

Sorry James to make such a nasty comment on your exceedingly needful article but when you know the truth it’s just sickening to have to experience lies in every daily walk of life we choose here on earth.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 07, 2021:

Wow, what an in-depth article! Certainly food for thought. This is something I need to do some research on. I truly appreciate knowing this about ID. Thank you for your article.

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