The Implications of a 'Designer Planet'

for the week of August 21, 2000
by Rubel Shelly

The late Malcolm Muggeridge an unbeliever who became a proponent of Christian faith wrote: "I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it's been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has."

The Grand Theory will not be abandoned by the scientific establishment any time soon, but it is generating more questions than answers these days. It has a host of critics whose starting point is not Christian beliefs but hard science.

The fundamental problem with any non-theistic theory of origins is to account for the design everywhere visible in the cosmos. Such complex devices as a bacterial flagellum, a digestive system, and the human eye or brain suggest purposeful design. Even if one can stretch his credulity to believe that natural selection and random genetic mutation could produce enough change over long eons of time to amass a biological form and function that only "appear" designed, that explanation is totally inadequate to account for the design of a physical universe that can support living things.

Our cosmos is suitable to support life only because a number of physical constants are set within a very narrow range. The tilt of Earth's axis, the carbon- oxygen ratio, the unique properties of water all these had to be "adjusted" just so in order for life to exist and thrive on the planet. And they could not adapt as living things do to their environments. Someone had to tweak the controls!

Scientists and philosophers have dubbed this cosmic friendliness to life the Anthropic Principle. The universe somehow appears to have known we were coming. It was prepared for our habitation. One must either believe against reason in "lucky accidents" or accept the more rational thesis of God's existence. Reason says that God exists and that we matter to him!

Successful businesses, churches, and family units must learn the value of people as well. Institutions and structures must serve people, not the reverse. To refuse to learn that lesson is to set ourselves up for needless failure.



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