You may be one of those hard-core naturalist types who still refuses to accept the Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design. Well, all is not lost. Their latest post may save you. It’s titled Richards: “Designed for Life, Designed for Discovery”, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and Privileged Planet co-author Jay Richards was among the speakers at our Science and Faith Conference in Dallas. His presentation is now online for you: [Link at the Discoveroids’ post.]
Ooooooooooooh! It’s a rare treat to hear Richards speak. As you probably know, not only is Jay W. Richards a Discoveroid senior fellow, but he, along with Guillermo Gonzalez (or “Gonzo” as we call him) co-authored the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Richards was a former faculty member at Biola University, a bible college, where he taught apologetics. Klinghoffer says:
Richards spectacularly develops a theme that materialists shy from confronting: in cosmology, it is the eerie overlap between the ultra-precisely defined parameters needed for life, and the precisely defined requirements for scientific discovery. In other words, as Dr. Richards summarizes, “If the universe is set up and fine-tuned not only for complex life, but to make discovery possible — so those rare places where life exists are also the best places for doing science, for discovering the universe around us — that suggests the universe is not just fine-tuned for life.” Instead, “The universe is fine-tuned so that environments habitable to observers will provide the best overall conditions for observation and discovery.”
That’s a powerful concept — probably too powerful for your Darwinist brain to absorb. It may help you to know that we posted about Richards’ thesis before — see Solar Eclipses Prove Intelligent Design. Okay, back to Klinghoffer. After babbling a bit, he tells us:
As you know, everything the leading book authors on intelligent design [Hee hee!] have to say about the age of the universe presumes an age in the billions not thousands of years. Yet imagine a scenario where you don’t know the ancient age of the cosmos, but rather, only that it is has an age, whatever that might be. In other words, you know that the universe is finite, it has a beginning.
What’s he getting at? We’ll soon find out. He continues:
Before that there was no universe, no physical existence at all. Unless the universe generated itself from nonexistence, an impossibility, it must have a cause outside nature.
Ooooooooooooh! The mere existence of the universe proclaims Oogity Boogity! You weren’t expecting that, were you? It’s probably because, like most of us, you don’t think that before the so-called Big Bang there was literally nothing.
Klinghoffer’s post ends strangely, by letting us know that something big is in the works:
Many scientists fought that conclusion, bitterly, because of its theistic implications. Now, having conceded a start to the cosmos, they are forced back on self-defeating speculations (that form one part of the subject of Stephen Meyer’s next book [Link omitted]). The best science marches on and sweeps materialism before it.
Yes, the best science marches on — while you, dear reader, are slipping and sliding into the Lake of Fire.
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