Intelligent Design…

It has been a little while since I’ve posted. Life has been quite busy lately with ministry, planning a wedding and finding time to relax the mind.

I was really encouraged by a movie that I saw on Saturday afternoon. It is called “Expelled.

I would encourage every believer to go and watch this awesome movie. It depicts the reality of the science world and how many people do not want to ask the hard questions. I do not want to give it all away for you if you haven’t seen it, but go and check it out. I hope that it opens up dialogue with people on the issues of darwinism and that we as believers can love and be willing to discuss the issues of Intelligent Design and Evolution.

For many people, they think this issue of Darwinism and Creationism is out-dated and overdone. I have been learning more and more of how vital the word, “foundation” is to life. The church needs to respond to the world’s questions (Why am I here? Is God real? What is truth?). The foundation of darwinism is that we are made from primordal sludge and that ultimately there is no purpose to life. You live, you work, you die, that is it. The foundation of God’s Word teaches us that we are created in the image of God and we have a purpose in this life. I’m thankful that God reveals Himself in nature, through DNA, and his intricate creation all the way down to a singe cell.

Many reject this whole line of thought because Christians are many times viewed as ignorant. Go check out the movie and if you were inspired as I am, you will continue to study God’s Word and our culture so that we have an answer to the confusion that is running rampant in our culture.

Paul writes that we must be prepared to give an answer. Notice the last two words used…we are not to argue, but love people with our words and actions while standing on the foundation of Christ.

15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

What do you think?

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22 responses to “Intelligent Design…

  1. It depicts the reality of the science world and how many people do not want to ask the hard questions.

    You have to wake up and get a clue. This movie selectively ignores the vast body of scientists and educators who are trying to teach science and don’t give a damn whether you’re Christian or atheist.

    How else do you explain Ken Miller – a devout Catholic, and a very prominent biologist. Or Francis Collins.

  2. Well written Josh!

    This movie brings up a TON of questions left unanswered by the “evolution theory” by Darwin. And suprisingly, the hard-core “darwinists” CAN’T ANSWER them!!
    The strange, but sad, truth is that evolution is not able to answer all of life’s origin questions. In fact, it fails in answering the MAJOR question, “Where did life begin?” however, it is taught as the basis of all science. It is taught as fact. This is fraudulence! NO WAY should this be taught as fact…when it has yet to be proven as such.

  3. The strange, but sad, truth is that evolution is not able to answer all of life’s origin questions.

    Hellooo, anyone home? Evolution – or more precisely natural selection – involves the origin of species, not the origin of life. That would be abiogenesis.

    More strange, but sad, is the truth that creationists claim that “Darwinism” can’t answer their questions, and then demonstrate that they don’t understand the difference between natural selection and a hole in the ground.

  4. So now that I have realized that the “World” dislikes this movie, I want to see it even more. (After reading the posts from “Dan” I went to read some reviews and I think all secular ones are pretty much negative). People get upset when God is brought out from the church and into the world, so I think it’s good when a movie like this causes such a stir. It gets people thinking and talking, and if it convicts and changes a few lives for the better, in my opinion, it’s worth all the controversy.

    PS: I hope that Dan decided to read more of your blog…maybe he will see that there are things in life you can’t learn from a science book

    PPS: Remind me to go over the difference between species origins and abiogenesis later with Cassidy, she obviously needs a refresher course 🙂

  5. I hope that Dan decided to read more of your blog…maybe he will see that there are things in life you can’t learn from a science book

    LOL I’m well aware that there are other subjects that one can (and should) study besides science. Please tell me that you understand the difference between science and religion though, because Ben Stein apparently can’t.

  6. The reality is that Ben Stein asked straight-forward questions to both sides of the issue. The real question is not separating religion and science, but it is asking the question of the question of existence…”Why am I here?”

    Evolutionists simply cannot answer this question. The movie depicts some describing the origin of life as being from “outer space” (Richard Dawkins) and another saying that small crystals created all that we know to be in existence today. Wow. It takes more faith to believe in that than in God as creator.

    Here is a quote from Darwin:
    “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”

    Interesting….hmm…

  7. Cassidy Spencer

    I understand there is a difference between “origin of life” and “origin of species.” And I should know better than to throw the word “evolution” around like that.

    In this case, I was referring to “evolution” as in the origin of LIFE. Meaning…how EARTH came into existence. If you’re looking for the answer in “Darwinism” you will never find it.

  8. Cassidy,
    And I should know better than to throw the word “evolution” around like that.

    Good for you – but I’m puzzled how you can acknowledge your error in one paragraph, and continue with the same error in the next paragraph.

  9. Dan,
    You never responded to what I replied with?

    What do you think of Darwin’s quote on purpose?

  10. Sorry about that Josh,
    Your quote from Darwin, again:

    The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

    I agree with that completely, for the world itself. Of course for us as individuals and collectively as societies, we make our own purpose. For instance, we become attached to things that we label as good or evil, we design our lives, etc.

  11. Sorry, I should’ve added this bit: For meaning and purpose in our lives, I’m consistently bothered by the argument that a lot of Christians make. That is, they argue that without their God or their religion, life holds no meaning. Hogwash – I don’t believe in any gods, and I have plenty of meaning and purpose in my life. I’m reminded every single time I look at my wife (we don’t have children, but are thinking of starting a family in a year or two), my parents, my close friends, etc., of just how much meaning my life has. That doesn’t go away just because I think that “God” is another word for “imaginary/idealized superfriend.”

  12. Oh, crap – one more. (sorry!)

    Those atheist comments aren’t meant to suppose that you have to be atheist though to understand science. The latter implies the former, IMHO, but does not exclude deism, and arguably might not exclude theism.

  13. Thanks for responding back to me. In no way do I believe that meaning in life only comes from being a Christian, many people can find some type of meaning and purpose in their life outside of God. The reality for my life is that I have realized that God formed me and created me for a purpose greater than me as a person. He created me for a relationship with Him and to bring Him glory. I know this sounds “churchy” to you and I respect your opinion on issues of life and such.
    The reality is we can believe whatever we want here on earth, but ultimately we are meant for so much more than just a simple life on earth and raising a family. I want to have a family as well as I’m getting married soon, but I know that beyond my own life and work and family, God has created me for a sincere purpose and the more time I spend in nature, with people and learning more about science, the creation screams that their is a Creator.
    As I continue my master’s degree I am finding more and more that I need to be a life-long learner. I encourage you to be open to asking God to reveal Himself to you. I understand you are an atheist, but I have another question…
    As you search for truth, perhaps you should consider the possibility that the source of all life… is GOD.

  14. “I encourage you to be open to asking God to reveal Himself to you.”

    Ha! No, you’re not really open-minded about it, you’re tunnel-visioned, considering only the option of the Christian God. Are you open-minded to Vishnu? Of course not, you’re not a Hindu. Are you open-minded to the possibility that neither Vishnu nor the Christian God exist? Of course not, you’re a Christian.

    And that’s one of the things that Expelled is trying to promote: tunnel-visioned and closed-minded dogma, instead of the evidence-based inquiry of the scientific method.

  15. I might not be as “open-minded” as you think I should be but I have done plenty of research on religion and evolution.
    Both Creation and Evolutionism start with philosophical assumptions. Evolutionists (traditionally) start with the assumption that God has no intervention in this world. This isn’t a testable conclusion; they didn’t come to this conclusion by science. Creationists have the philosophical position that God has partaken in the history of this earth, and that He has revealed the True history of the earth through His infallible Word.
    Sure, I am a Christian and do believe in God. Are you telling me that I can’t

    When man inspects the earth, the biosphere, the world around us, we formulate hypothesis as to how things came to be as they are today. After data is brought in and analyzed, we can test our hypothesis and see what outcomes we’re given. Evolutionists wish to construct their own truth; the earth formed slowly over billions of years. Both of these are subject to the same scientific method. When we observe the outpourings of data rendered from the science, we can see that the evidence greatly supports the idea that God created the earth.

  16. Both Creation and Evolutionism start with philosophical assumptions.

    Agreed. The former takes conclusions and cherry-picks facts to support it, while the latter takes facts and THEN determines the conclusions.

    Evolutionists (traditionally) start with the assumption that God has no intervention in this world.

    Hello? Ken Miller, anyone? Francis Collins? Anyone home? Bueller?

  17. “Ha! No, you’re not really open-minded about it, you’re tunnel-visioned, considering only the option of the Christian God. Are you open-minded to Vishnu? Of course not, you’re not a Hindu. Are you open-minded to the possibility that neither Vishnu nor the Christian God exist? Of course not, you’re a Christian.”

    Dan,

    If you understood Christianity, you would understand this:

    Once a person has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of this world, they understand that there is no need or reason to continue to be open-minded to other religions or other gods. They have found the Truth, the Life, and the Way. They have found what everyone, including science, is searching for.

  18. Wow…so Creation has no facts to back it up?

    Interesting you mentioned that, both start with assumptions and your little cartoon was definitely “tunnel vision” and “close-minded.”

    To say that Creation has no backing and evolution has FACT. Evolution is clearly a theory that has not been proved at all.

    The reality is that we use different “axioms” or presuppositions . We have the same facts (animals, plants, fossil records, etc) but it is how we interpret the facts.

    Ken Miller has made a case on a shaky foundation. Theistic evolution is riding the fence and the “God” that they use is not the one of the Bible. It is a man-made version of God to fit into their opinion.

    If you accept the idea of evolution, you have to accept the evolutionary dogma that the human species is just part of the evolution of life, nothing special and certainly not the end-product.

    Yet the Bible teaches that human beings are special. God created the first human pair in His image and likeness. Adam and Eve were created by God- Adam out of the dust of the ground and Eve from Adam’s side. God did not cause them to evolve from some ape-like creature. We are not related to animals. There is not a hint of evolution in what the Bible teaches about our origins.

    The famous evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky quotes Pierre Teihard de Chardin: “Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a trajectory which all lines of thought must follow.”1

    Webster’s Dictionary defines religion as follows: “Cause, principle or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” Surely, this is an apt description of evolution. Evolution is a belief system.

    I concur that evolution has its own presumptions just like Creationism. If you are not willing to accept that Evolution is a theory and only that, then you are close-minded and the FACTS as you say really are not evident.

  19. Evolution is clearly a theory that has not been proved at all.

    Sure, whatever you say.

  20. Just to have a little fun with your delusions…

    Evolution is clearly a theory that has not been proven at all.

    Sure.

  21. I’m always a little confused when I hear someone who is an atheist say that Christians are close minded (or in this case tunnel-vision was used). Isn’t an atheist closed off to the idea that there is a God? Maybe I’m closed off to the idea that there isn’t a God, but at the very least, isn’t it the pot calling the kettle black, for an atheist to call a Christian close-minded?

    Maybe we are tunnel-visioned as far as believing there is one way to Heaven, but that Way is open to everyone. God is here for all who come to Him. We come as we are. I feel like that gets left out a lot. A minority of Christians give the rest of us a bad reputation because they like to point out the sins of others and condemn them to hell, which is nowhere near what we are supposed to do. Salvation is a free gift and is open to all, no discrimination based on who you are or what your past consists of. I guess it could be considered close-minded, or tunnel visioned, or whatever else, but what’s wrong with sticking to our convictions and beliefs? Why would anyone respect a Christian who wavered in their beliefs to make others happy or comfortable? We’re not politicians, it doesn’t work that way.

  22. Melissa,
    No, I’m equally open-minded to all gods. I’m also equally skeptical of them. And should I find any tangible evidence that I can scrutinize, and find that the evidence holds up to examination, then I would gladly convert.

    Psychological revelations, and quoting scripture just because it says so, doesn’t cut it.

    Put another way – one can be so open-minded that their brain (figuratively) falls out. I’m not that open-minded.

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