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September 15, 2016
You may know the standard line of evolutionary biologist-atheists like Richard Dawkins, which goes something like this:
Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose. (Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 1)
Got that? "Have the appearance." Don't be fooled, warns Dawkins, for:
Natural selection is the blind watchmaker … does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the illusion of design and planning. (Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, 1996, p. 21)
It's all an illusion of design. So ignore what your eyes and brain are telling you. They're mistaken.
But apparently this habit of the mind that sees purposeful design in biology has spread beyond biology to the entire planet! From the Daily Mail:
Sir David Attenborough and Brian Cox's TV nature shows are 'putting viewers off science' because the beautiful scenes reaffirm belief in God
• New study suggests nature programmes are putting viewers off science
• Religious people often 'have faith reaffirmed by the beauty on the screen'
In the first bullet point, put "science" in quotes. They don't mean science per se; they mean materialism or scientism.
There is no escaping it: The Planet Earth is stunningly beautiful. A wiser man wrote:
If the beatification of the world is not a work of nature but a work of art, then it involves an artist.—G. K. Chesterton
Draw your own conclusions, but don't let someone tell you don't see what you do see.
Related articles from the Salvo online archives.
Militant Science & Apostle Krauss
by Regis Nicoll
ETI In the Sky
What the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Means for Us
by Hugh Ross
Georges Lemaître, the Catholic Priest Behind the Big Bang
by Ray Cavanaugh
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