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Monday, May 18, 2009

Article in Think criticizes Dawkins, defends design

Think: Philosophy for Everyman (Spring, 2009; pages 71-81) has published a paper by Douglas Groothuis, a philosophy prof at Denver Seminary: "Who Designed the Designer? A Dialogue on Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion."

That's interesting, because Think is a secular British journal - and the article criticizes Dawkins and defends intelligent design.

My view: The question Dawkins likes to ask, "Who designed the designer?", is meant to distract people from noticing the design of life, which is far beyond the powers of the Darwinian evolution he defends. If the designer is God, as traditional theists hold, he is eternally self-existent.

What if one is not a theist? A moment's thought shows that a designer is not equivalent to a design. To use an ancient image, the potter is not on the same plane of exisstence as the pot. And it is not necessary to know how the potter came to exist to realize that the pot is designed.

Richard Dawkins would solve the problem by claiming that the pot designed itself.

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:

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