Intelligent design should not be ignored
Editor, the Advocate:
This is in response to Nicholas Wade's Lyceum talk on evolution. It's regrettable that he had no rebuttal from the other side, for evolution has enough flaws as to make it laughable. It is my observation that evolution is more downward than upward. All of creation shows the hand of an intelligent designer. Darwin himself said, "To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."
It was men of faith who gave science its start. Men like Kepler, Newton, Faraday, Boyle, Kelvin and Pascal, just to name a few. As for creationism, the apostle Paul, in his epistle to the Romans, states: "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)
Here are some of my favorite ideas contrary to evolution: How did the evolutionary forces know there existed in the cosmos such things as taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing so they could develop those senses in man?
How did those forces understand that communication was desirable and so give man a voice? How do we account for beauty, love and sex? We have godlike qualities - the Bible says that we are created in God's image.
The greatest wonder is that of man himself. As for him, consider all the protective devices built in to his body to ensure his survival: blood that clots; adrenaline that gives man an extra burst of energy in cases of emergency; properties in the blood that resist infection; pain to serve as a warning; protective reflexes such as sneezing, coughing and vomiting; and the balance mechanism in our inner ear that keeps us from falling down.
The subject of intelligent design is too important to ignore. Be sure to give it all due consideration.
Raymond Smith, Victoria