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by Jason B. Ladd (An excerpt from One of the Few)
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins speaks of a dissatisfaction with atheism in the The Blind Watchmaker resulting from “inadequate explanations for the complexity of life prior to 1859 when Darwin’s Origin of Species was first published.” He states, “Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” But not everyone finds Darwin’s theory of evolution so all-encompassing. Christian apologist and author of What’s So Great About Christianity Dinesh D’Souza suggests that the design evident in both life and the universe is not an illusion, as Dawkins suggests, but the work of a Designer.
Evolution, whose primary mechanism is death, cannot explain the origins of life. As D’Souza puts it, “Evolution seems right as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far.” Writer, physicist, and Arizona State University professor Paul Davies displays a common precommitment to naturalism as he investigates the origins of life: “Even the simplest bacterium is so immensely complex it strains credulity to imagine such an entity popping into existence wholly as a result of the random shuffling of molecules. Yet clearly there must exist a pathway of physical processes that leads from simple chemicals to complex life” (Italics added). Though he is overwhelmed by the complexity of biology (implying possible evidence of design), he forces himself to accept the credulity-straining position that somehow life can arise from non-life. No scientist can truly “follow the evidence wherever it leads” if they ignore the metaphysical path that must be taken to explain the origins of first life and the universe…
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