Why evolution cannot be used to rationalize atheism

by Scott Youngren

Because of all of the talk in the media about Darwinism and creationism, it can be easy to get lost in the rhetoric.  But beneath the layers of rhetoric lies the simple fact that Darwinian evolution is actually a NON ISSUE when it comes to the question of the existence of God.  What do I mean by this? Darwin’s proposed “blind mechanism” of random mutation and natural selection is cited as an alternative to creation of life by God.  But, as Oxford University mathematician John Lennox writes in his book God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?:

“For, from one point of view, there is nothing controversial in describing forces or mechanisms as ‘blind’.  Quite obviously, most are.  The strong and weak nuclear forces, electromagnetism and gravity have no eyes to see with, either physical or mental.  And most mechanisms are blind — think of a watch, a car, a CD player, a computer hard-disc.  Moreover, they are not only blind but also unconscious; indeed, to be even more precise, they are incapable of conscious thought since they have no mind to think with.  But those mechanisms, though blind in themselves, are all the products of minds that are far from being blind; such mechanisms are intelligently designed.  What is more, this holds even for mechanisms that involve an element of randomness in their operation.”

Lennox provides a simple thought experiment as an illustration, which I shall paraphrase:  Imagine an automobile factory in which all of the manufacturing is done by robots.  Can we declare that, because all of the work is accomplished by robots, no intelligence is involved in the manufacturing process?  To make such a declaration, we would need to also declare that the robots, the software that guides the robots, and the factory itself were not the products of intelligence.  But any reasonable person can see that this is not the case…human intelligence was clearly involved…

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