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Posted August 26, 2003
The Search for God on the Right Track
The argument from design has always made the deepest impression on rational individuals because it is a more reasonable explanation for the complexity and majestic order of the universe than the absurdity that the simplest nonliving elements self-organized themselves into the universe and life itself. The arguments presented by Witham leave us with the impression that phenomena in nature can in every case be explained more sensibly from the old argument of design in nature. Admiration is due the intellectuals who provide rational explanations for the source of design. The argument that chance played a role in the birth of the universe seems to be the doctrine of the fool because by the term 'chance' we merely express our ignorance of the actual cause of any effect. Similarly, the argument that God is the cause of design in the universe is not explanatory because it fails to identify positively the agent that produces or is capable of producing the effect, i.e. the complexity and order of the universe. Because both the advocates of evolution and the proponents of intelligent design failed to provide rational explanations for the source of design in nature, we shall make an attempt here to unveil the source of design and life in the universe, based on the findings of science that the determining characteristics of the universe are fine-tuned for the production of human life, similarly as the determining characteristics of an apple tree are fine-tuned for the production of apples. This comparison of the universe to a tree system suggests that our universe yields human life because a seed akin to human life generated the universe for the production of human life in its own image, just as a seed generates a tree for the production of seeds in its own image. This scientific theory of creation may be falsified by providing conclusive evidence that a life form superior to human life exists, or by producing life superior to human life. To conclude, if a tree is known by its fruit -- as we find this observation of nature in Matthew 12:33 --, then from this fact of nature we may infer that similarly the universe is known by its fruit or end product. If human beings constitute the end product of the universe, in that case it is reasonable to postulate that a perpetual cosmic seed akin to human life generated the universe for the production of human life in its own image. Thus we may positively identify the highest form of human life that exists with the source of intelligent design, i.e. with that everlasting cosmic seed which created the universe for the purpose of self-reproduction. The cosmic seed is everlasting, because the universe has no power to act upon the very cause of its own origin, just as a tree has no power to act upon the seed of its own origin. The generative seed of the universe never came into being, has no origins, and needs no source. It is perpetual. When you'll read Witham's BY DESIGN with this knowledge in mind, the book will be even more enjoyable. Hopefully you'll come to the realization that the common ancestor that links all things created is neither the Big Bang nor a most primitive cell. The common ancestor, on the contrary, is the highest form of human life and intelligence that exists.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.