Intelligent Design

by Patrick R. Briney, Ph.D.


Scientists are reasoning that if the universe, life, and species were created supernaturally, then evidence for design should be observed in the creation.

Sir Isaac Newton illustrated to a friend one day that design suggests a designer. Seeing a model of the solar system on Newton’s desk, he asked who the designer was. Newton told his friend that no one made it. Of course, it was obvious to Newton’s friend that the mobile had been made by someone, but Newton kept insisting that no one made it until his friend was ready to leave the room in disgust. At this point, Newton asked how his friend could be so insistent that someone had made the mobile yet at the same time deny that the solar system itself from which the mobile was patterned was not made by anyone.

Clearly, design does suggest a designer, and, in fact, this reasoning is used in science by evolutionists.

Charles Thaxton of Charles University in Prague argues that, “In ordinary life we distinguish natural from intelligent causes all the time when police officers determine whether a person died of natural causes or was murdered, when archaeologists decide whether a chipped rock is just a rock or a Paleolithic tool.” (Thaxton, Charles. World, 1997, March p. 14). Likewise, scientists are recognizing design in creation and concluding that it must have been designed and created by an Intelligent Designer.


Though evolutionists chide creationists for using design arguments, they use the design argument in their search for intelligent life in outer space. Scientists Cocconi and Morrison wrote an article in a 1959 issue of Nature suggesting the possibility of interstellar communication via microwaves. Forty years later, NASA’s SETI program (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is continuing the search for intelligent life in outer space. Because of the development of laser technology there is, “A new adaptation of the Radio SETI, the Optical SETI (OSETI) project at Princeton University, working in collaboration with Harvard University. They are searching nearby stars in an effort to detect brief, high-powered laser pulses which might signify the existence of extraterrestrial life in other solar systems. This project, operating from Princeton campus is based in the Fitz-Randolph Observatory and utilizes a recently restored 36″ telescope.”

Isaac Asimov described the purpose for sending signals into space saying that if intelligent life in the universe detects the signals, they will recognize the obvious design of intelligence in its creation and conclude that intelligent life exists elsewhere.

Not only do we send signals into space, we also scan the heavens for signs of intelligent life. We look for signals that show evidence of intelligent creation by unnatural design. Obviously, even the evolutionists recognize the validity of design arguments. To deny it is to be ignorant, dishonest, or deceitful.


Ironically, as evolutionists scan the heavens for signs of intelligent life, they overlook the most obvious evidence for intelligent design: the DNA molecule. This molecular string of information is far more complex than radio or optical signals. It is unnaturally complex in size and function. The human DNA code of 46 complicated molecular strands composed of millions of nucleotides arranged in a specific sequence is packed with information (estimated to be equivalent to 1,000 volumes of books, 500 pp each, 9 pt letter size).

Life functions by design with incredible complexity, and this complexity is coded for in the DNA molecule. Random, natural events cannot duplicate the complicated design found in life.

The DNA molecule of living cells is the molecule of information. It is the blueprint of the cell. Its precise message is transcribed into RNA which, in turn, is translated into proteins which carry out the instructions of the DNA code. There are complicated feedback mechanisms and controls in cells that make the most powerful computers and most complex life support systems look simplistic. No machine has been designed that can match the complexity of the cell. No signal transmitted into outer space compares to the complexity of design and pattern that is found in the DNA molecule. And yet some insist that this is design by chance?

‘Intelligent’ men have been working on producing life in test tubes for years, and yet they continue to fail though they have the code and the materials of life available to them. They can generate signals for outer space, but they cannot create life. From an evolutionary point of view, this makes mindless molecules more clever than man.

From a common sense perspective, this suggests that we have already found the evidence for intelligent design and creation. How is it that intelligent life on this planet has missed the obvious evidence of design in creation?

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