Intelligent design is the theory that God created the universe. It is based on scientific evidence, such as the laws of physics and bringing about life.
From Intelligent Design:
“Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.”
One of the biggest proponents is Dr Michael Behe, a brilliant biochemist who studies life from a chemical perspective. The lack of evidence to support Darwin is the reason he has been a longtime critic of gradual evolution. He is fully aware of the complexity of life at even the simplest levels.
Dr. Behe is a professor at Lehigh Universtiy, author of dozens of technical papers, as well as books that challenge Darwin.
According to the most predominant theory on the beginning of the universe, the Big Bang, the entire universe began with all energy and matter compacted tightly into a singularity.
From Earth Sky:
“You’ve probably heard of the Big Bang as the event that gave rise to our universe. You might know most cosmologists believe it occurred some 13.8 billion years ago. It’s hard to fathom that, at the moment of the Big Bang, all of the energy in the universe – some of which would later become galaxies, stars, planets and human beings – was concentrated into a tiny point, smaller than the nucleus of an atom.”
The energy and matter must have come from somewhere. Without the two already existing, there could be no universe. Where did they come from? That is a question atheists have no answer for.
With God, as the intelligent designer of the universe, the answer can be found. Not just the origin of energy and matter, but the laws of physics that govern the universe that cannot be broken.
Laws do not write themselves. They must have come from somewhere. Just like energy and matter, God is the only rational explanation for their existence.
After a stable singularity, if Big Bang is accurate, something caused it to become unstable. Stable singularities do not explode. They remain singularities, unless God decides otherwise.
Without God, not only can there be no energy, matter or the laws of physics, but there is also the absence of life, which is what abiogenesis is.
Dr. Jeremy Berman, another brilliant scientist who supports Intelligent design, and happens to have seven degrees, including biology and biochemistry, lays out a very compelling argument for why abiogenisis is impossible, which makes the following conclusion:
“Abiogenesis is only one area of research which illustrates that the naturalistic origin of life hypothesis has become less and less probable as molecular biology has progressed, and is now at the point that its plausibility appears outside the realm of probability. Numerous origin-of-life researchers, have lamented the fact that molecular biology during the past half-a-century has not been very kind to any naturalistic origin-of-life theory. Perhaps this explains why researchers now are speculating that other events such as panspermia or an undiscovered “life law” are more probable than all existing terrestrial abiogenesis theories, and can better deal with the many seemingly insurmountable problems of abiogenesis.”
Panspermia is the hypothesis that life arose elsewhere in the universe and travelled to Earth via comet. It does nothing to answer the difficult question that abiogenesis cannot answer, which is life cannot come from no life.
God, being the intelligent designer of the universe is also the originator of life.
The Cambrian explosion was the sudden appearance of diverse animals, with no fossil records predating them. Darwin was very much aware of Cambrian, and is referred to as Darwin’s dilemma, as well as the Biological Big Bang.
From Big Think:
“Studies trying to demystify the origin of modern life pivot around a geological and evolutionary fulcrum — the Cambrian explosion, a burst of evolution that took place around 530 million years ago. Named for the geological period in which it occurred, the Cambrian explosion filled the world’s oceans with complex, hard-bodied animals that populated diverse, thriving ecosystems.”
Those fossils leading up to Cambrian have never been found by anyone. The enigma of the Cambrian explosion that cannot happen without God, did happen. There was a sudden burst of complex life with nothing predating it in the fossil records.
There are also no transitional fossils of any kind that have been discovered. Gunter Bechley, a supporter of Intelligent Design who is a German paleo-entomologist that specializes in the fossil history of insects and former curator at the State Museum of Natural History.
From Evolution News and Science:
“Indeed, the fossil record is highly discontinuous and strongly contradicts Darwin’s prediction of gradualism. Even Darwin himself was quite aware of this problem for his theory and therefore tried to explain it away as a mere artifact of undersampling of a very incomplete fossil record. The famous vertebrate paleontologist Philip Gingerich once irritably remarked that “gaps of evidence are gaps of evidence and not evidence of gaps.”
There is nothing in the fossil records to support gradual evolution of one species becoming a completely distinct species. Different life appeared at different times, fully formed, which Cambrian supports.
God created life and lifeforms distinct from one another. There is no other explanation for the sudden appearance of life throughout the fossil records or lack of any recent new species being discovered that have not already existed as they always have been.
Which brings us to man, the most unique being on Earth that has ever lived. Only man is capable of free will, since all other animals are bound to their nature by design.
Man is both destroyer and healer. There is nothing in nature capable of man’s inhumanity to man, or ability to act as doctor and veterinarian. The closest animals get to healing is leaving the weakest behind to be eaten by predators for the benefit of the group.
There are no courts in nature, unlike with man. For only man is moral. It is no more morally wrong for an animal to kill another animal than it is for cannibalism, since that is simply the nature of those animals. When a man murders or commits an act of cannibalism, there are prosecutions.
Even the uniqueness of man and absence of any other animals following that moment shows evidence of God’s intelligence.
Bereshit or Genesis Chapter 1 and 2 deals with creation. Starting on the fourth day and continuing through to the next, God created all living things with man being last.
In Chapter 2, it shows man was created unique.
“7. And the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a living soul.”
Man was the only creation God breathed life into and last being God created before resting. From that moment on, not a new species has been seen. There are no Cambrian explosions, which multiple events of similar nature did happen prior to man.
There is scientific evidence to support intelligent design. It is the only plausible explanation to explain everything atheists cannot. From the very beginning of the universe, including the creation of energy and matter, to complexity of even a single celled organism, everything points to an intelligent Creator of the universe and distinct life on Earth, including the uniqueness of man.