Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design has become a trendy idea in the last few years. In short, it states that nature and life are simply too complex to have arisen spontaneously. A “designer,” i.e. God, simply has to exist.

How does anybody know that?

They don’t. Nobody does. Despite all of mankind’s achievements, we have yet to figure out the origins of life. Nobody is happy with this conclusion, so some people have simply made up answers to fill in the blanks.

That’s where every religion has gotten its unique creation story. That dissatisfaction is also the root of Intelligent Design. I want to know where we came from as much as anybody, but I’m afraid I just don’t know.

So let’s admit it. It’s not that hard. I know it’s not satisfying, but that’s the way it is.

There is a lot of excellent writing on Intelligent Design, especially by my fellow travellers at Reason. While they may be more eloquent than I, it’s frustrating that no one ever makes that single most persuasive argument: We don’t know. Accept it. It’s ok.

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