On Long-Jumping Beetles, Those Fin-Tastic Dolphins And Shrimp With Infrared-Seeing Eyes

Right up front, let me say this post is not meant to spark an evolution vs intelligent design debate. I have my views, others have theirs and odds are good we don’t agree on every point.

Photo by Darin Ashby on UnSplash.

But one thing everybody can definitely agree on is there is an all-but-inexpressibly amazing degree of creativity, variety and fascination in the world of living things, including Beetles capable of long-jumping incredible distances, dolphins with unmatched maneuverability, and shrimp capable of seeing the invisible energy known as heat.

This intriguing trio is the subject of a new post from the Discovery Institute’s EN that I highly recommend to everybody. Yes, the EN folks are highly critical of modern evolutionary theory, but put that aside as you read. Here’s a sample:

“The apparatus responsible for this exceptional jump is hidden inside the beetle’s hind legs and is relatively simple. It contains only three sclerotised parts and a few muscles. Yet, it is, in reality, a highly efficient ‘catapult, able to propel the beetle at a distance hundreds of times its body length.”

Read on here.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN: Mona Lisa Didn’t Just Appear Spontaneously Out Of Nothing

Go to an art museum and you will see dozens of illustrations of the common sense truth that design requires a designer. Regardless if you see a classic Rembrandt or some weird post-modern existential scream, there was an artist behind it (i.e. a designer).

It’s the same in nature generally and specifically in that part of nature studied as the field of biology. In the following video, Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace, the NBC “Dateline” detective extraordinaire, walks us through eight signs he sees in biology of design.


 

FDA Approved Chloroquine In Coronavirus Treatment; The Anti-Malarial Drug Is Also Key To Intelligent Design

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on an expedited basis the use of the Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine anti-malarial drugs in the treatment of coronavirus, it’s doubtful any of the officials involved or the mainstream media journalists reporting the decision realized they were also focusing attention on a key to the case for Intelligent Design (ID) of the universe.

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

But one journalist, David Klinghoffer, editor of Evolution News (EN), immediately recognized there was more to the story than a potential advance in the war against coronavirus.

“Yes, chloroquine-resistant malarial parasites figure prominently in biochemist and ID proponent Michael Behe’s argument for sharp limits to what unguided Darwinian processes can do. He details that case in his book The Edge of Evolution,” Klinghoffer reports.

Behe discusses with “ID The Future” host Andrew McDiarmid the mutation ceiling with the anti-malarial drugs and the significance of that ceiling possibly being beyond the edge of evolution. You can listen to the entire podcast here.


 

SCIENCE AND FAITH: This Pioneer Of Neurosurgery Concluded Mind Isn’t Mere Matter. Why It Matters To All Of Us

What if every time you have a thought about something, anything — what’s for lunch today, how should I react when the boss wants her District weekend schedule for next week tomorrow, why doesn’t Linda stop wearing her hair like that, how much do clouds weigh — you are providing evidence for God’s existence?

Ever thought about going brain diving? (Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash)

Think about it (no pun intended!), how can we account for the mind when, unlike our brains, it has no measurable weight, shape or volume. In other words, what if mind is not matter, at least not as the latter is understood in terms of physical properties.

Why should you, as a loyal, hard-working member of a congressional staff, care one way or the other about this? If mind isn’t matter, there must be more to life than the merely physical.

If that’s the case, then we’ve got to consider the possibility that God exists and the human mind reflects His creative power and choice. Otherwise, how do we comprehend the elegance of Madison’s solution to the problem of factions in a republic? Continue reading “SCIENCE AND FAITH: This Pioneer Of Neurosurgery Concluded Mind Isn’t Mere Matter. Why It Matters To All Of Us”

The Flaw That Isn’t In The Paley Argument That A Watch Requires A Watchmaker To Be Created

Watches don’t just magically appear out of nothing or assemble themselves without any outside assistance, therefore there must be a watchmaker doing what scientists and philosophers today call “intelligence design.”

Photo by Agê Barros on Unsplash

The preceding paragraph is a modern restatement of William Paley’s Watchmaker argument for the existence of God. Just as the watch requires a watchmaker, the universe requires a creator.

Critics today argue there is a fundamental flaw in Paley’s argument. Biochemist Fazale Rana explains on Reasons to Believe: Continue reading “The Flaw That Isn’t In The Paley Argument That A Watch Requires A Watchmaker To Be Created”

Here’s Something To Be REALLY Thankful For This Thanksgiving

If you are reading this post on HillFaith, odds are excellent that you are alive and breathing, thinking, talking. Even if you are going through rough times, being alive is the one thing we can all be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

But do you know what the odds are against any of us being alive in the universe? They are beyond astronomical, according to author, speaker and talk radio host Eric Metaxas.

Check out this Prager University video in which Metaxas relates some genuinely amazing information about how science has in recent decades added to the evidence that there is a God and we are all miracles.

Reasons The Appearance Of Design In Biology Means There IS A Designer

Two aliens from a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, Earth’s nearest star beyond our Sun, walk into a bar in Amsterdam arguing about  Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch,”  which they just saw at the Rijks Museum.

Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.” Screen shot from web site of Rijks Museum in Amsterdam.

After a few minutes of intense debate, one alien looks at the other and announces “say what you will, but I’m telling you this amazing art could only have been created by a great designer. I want to meet this Rembrandt human.”

At that, the other alien stares in amazement at his interstellar colleague, motions to the bartender to bring the two another round, and replies “nah, no way. This thing looks designed but it’s actually nothing more than the result of a chance encounter of materials.”

And your answer is?

What if I told you there are eight reasons one of the aliens is right and other is wrong? Continue reading “Reasons The Appearance Of Design In Biology Means There IS A Designer”