During my bouncing around on the internet, I have come across several popular atheists who are fond of debunking the argument for the existence of God on any grounds in some cases, but particularly on the grounds of intelligent design. Now, I am by no means an ardent conventionally religious person -- I was raised Roman Catholic and, to the best of my knowledge, haven't been excommunicated, but I have rarely been to church in 25 years. I long ago gave up the notion that I have any idea what God's will is, or what He or She is up to. I am not, however, willing to give up belief in God's existence, and my primary reason is the Intelligent Design argument. I have my own personal take on it, though.
I'm not interested in discussing the origins and order of the universe. Too mysterious and too technical. My view is more personal and logical, and here it is: the bodies of humans and animals are incredible machines with intricately complex interior systems. (I am amazed, for example, that the human body heals itself AT ALL -- from the most minor scrape, even -- much less from a major injury or disease.) The best of what we have to go on is what we can see and have learned from experience, and in our human experience, machines of such an order of efficiency and complexity are always the result of extensive intelligent planning, design and development. That's my view in a nutshell.
Of course, the possibility that these living things originated and evolved on their own to such a state must be acknowledged. No one knows for sure. However, it seems to me that such a possibility is in the same category as the old saw that 100 monkeys typing on 100 typewriters might in 100 years reproduce exactly a work of Shakespeare. It's possible, but not very probable. I like the odds of my winning a major lottery jackpot about 100,000 times better. So atheists, (and I'm only speaking of the arrogant ones who seek to destroy theist arguments), by all means have your own opinion and express it, but could you do it without having contempt for opinions that differ from yours? Could you possibly state your case, and even write books about it, without trying to make theists feel stupid for having a different opinion? Their religious beliefs are still important to a lot of people. In some cases, it's even what gets them through life.
And while I'm at it, the shoe's on the other foot. It's not necessary for believers to berate non-believers for their opinions, either. The facts that there are 26 or so major world religions, and thousands of different theological interpretations of Christianity alone, indicate that it's all up for grabs. So take your religious or non-religious pick. But please, we'll get along a lot better if you don't beat me up for choosing one different from yours.
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