So in dealing with Creationism and Intelligent Design, I couldn’t help but notice that if God is perfect shouldn’t he be called the Perfect Designer. And that creationism should be referred to as Perfect Design, not Intelligent Design.
However in calling God the Perfect Designer, we do come across some head scratching dilemmas:
- Can something imperfect come out of something perfect? And if so, can we still call it perfect?
- Why would a perfect designer require, demand, or ever need worship?
- That this perfect designer created this imperfect universe and imperfect earth and imperfect creatures.
- Given if he is so perfect, why couldn’t he even convince the whole world he exists? (Is that not a simple task for an all perfect being?)
I find some of these questions to be the most troubling attributes of the God of Judeo-Christianity. It is for one to imagine and believe that Yahweh, an all-powerful, all-knowing, infinitely wise and most importantly a Perfect deity. That he be the creator of such a flawed world and society, but that also from top-to-bottom, everything he has done is a few degrees short of perfection.
I think for me when I think of a perfect God, who is the creator and cause of all things, I think of a perfect world, a perfect universe, peace, joy, happiness, and no illogical suffering. But here is the thing, I don’t see those things so why should I still believe that this God is perfect?
I think one of the fundamental problems with creationism is the idea of intelligent design and having an intelligent designer. This is actually conflicting with the attribute of God. God is perfect, so to simply call him intelligent is somewhat insulting and degrading. It would only be right to call God the Perfect Designer. However the problem with that is that we don’t see observable evidence for a perfect designer, in fact we barely see evidence for an intelligent designer.
Evaluating Intelligent Design and Creationism
Now some might think intelligent design is a more accurate label for God, but in keeping with realism; Does the actions match the title? We would be hard-pressed to infer from natural observation that this world was the making of an intelligent designer. Well let’s look at some of the things this Intelligent Designer created.
- We are on a collision course with the Andromeda galaxy
- Nature is designed to a degree to kill us humans in masses: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, and Hurricanes
- Because of Dark Energy, the universe will keep expanding more rapidly until the universe grows colder & colder and we all die a horrible icy death.
- He created this vast universe, infinitely vast, but we can only live and survive on this spec of a planet we call earth. That does not sound like a smart idea and definitely not a perfect one.
- Comets and asteroids, -that at any moment that one large enough could end all life on this planet. Like it did for the dinosaurs. And there are calculations of highly unlikely but still probable impacts in 2026, 2036, and 2182.
- A Sun that is on high side of its lifespan, so even if we do avoid Global Warming, the Andromeda galaxy collision or an asteroid collision, we won’t live that long because our sun will burn out before then.
- The appendix, the most useless organ in your body, and it serves no purpose, but it causes more human harm than good, so why would God put it there.
- The wisdom tooth, nearly everyone needs to get them removed and they are not necessary to chew, so why would a God put them there?
- Birth Defects??????
- The Hiccup; it is an unnecessary human reaction
- Humans must use the same tube for eating, drinking, and breathing, which leads to hundreds of unnecessary deaths by choking. If this intelligent designer would have endowed us with a separate hole for eating, drinking, and speaking, like he did for whales & dolphins no one would ever choke.
- The human retina is backwards causing a blind spot. This is unnecessary; octopuses have a camera eye like us, but the retina is the right way around, so they have no blind spot.
- The human tail bone; Why in the world does a human have a tail bone?
What was so intelligent about this design?
There are so many problems with the idea of a perfect designer; one would even begin to question if the designer was even intelligent. One could almost infer a stupid designer or an invalid designer. These are just some of the many examples, that makes one question; What was so intelligent about this design?