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The Selective Search for Intelligence

Intelligent Design Seeker Atheism

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-07-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:17

Author: Seth Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

In the movie Contact, Jodie Foster plays Dr. Arroway, an atheist scientist who works for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program at an observatory in Puerto Rico. She and her colleagues work tirelessly using high-tech equipment to analyze the airwaves for possible signals sent by extraterrestrial life.

 After years of patiently scanning the skies, they finally hit the jackpot -- a strong signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently emitting from the Vega star. The moment Dr. Arroway hears a pattern in the signal, she immediately recognizes that it was produced by an intelligent source.

"Those are primes!" she exclaims. "Two, Three, Five, Seven...those are all prime numbers and there's no way that's a natural phenomenon!"

APPLICATION

Dr. Arroway's reaction to the pattern in the signal is a reasonable one. The human mind naturally recognizes purposeful patterns when it encounters them, and logically infers that they are the product of intelligence. But for those who have made up their minds that God does not exist, the search for intelligence is highly selective. Dr. Arroway, like her atheist colleagues, is only prepared to see intelligence where they want to see it. The complexity they encounter in nature, and even in their own DNA, though far more complex than a list of prime numbers, does not impress them in the same way.

It seems that the weighty implications that come with an admission to the existence of God have closed their minds to what should be obvious to them.

"So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts" (Ephesians 4:17-18).

Anyone Can Have a Change of Heart

Atheism Intelligent Design Science

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-17

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:4

Author: Antony Flew
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ILLUSTRATION

"I have been persuaded that it is simply out of the question that the first living matter evolved out of dead matter and then developed into an extraordinarily complicated creature. The unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life must have involved intelligence."

Rationalist Philosopher Antony Flew, atheist until age 81

APPLICATION

Anyone can have a change of heart and become convicted of the truth, even those who have spent their entire lives trying to deny it. That should provide hope to those of us who share God's desire for "...all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4).

Darwin's Dilemma

Evolution Intelligent Design Creation/Creationism

Source: The Origin of Species, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1971, p. 167.

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2014-09-17

Author: Tom Halloran
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ILLUSTRATION

"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."

Charles Darwin

APPLICATION

Yet, Charles Darwin was willing to take that "leap of faith."  One has to wonder why men are so ready to believe some things and so slow to believe others.  After all is said in done, we simply accept what we want to be true.   So, the question is, what reward is there in believing in Darwin's theory?  The reward in which the secularist delights is a life absent any and all accountability to God.  No one will admit that that's their motivation, but we are all motivated by something, especially with our leaps of faith.  

Tom Halloran

Understanding the Mechanism, Appreciating the Mechanic

Creation/Creationism Apologetics Intelligent Design

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-06

Scripture: Psalms 19:1 ; Romans 1:20

Author: Seth Dillon
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Crickets 'Sing' The Temperature

Fact or Fiction? Intelligent Design Glorify God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-31

Scripture: Romans 1:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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What Came First, DNA or Proteins?

Intelligent Design Apologetics Science

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2011-04-13

Scripture: Romans 1:20

Author: Seth Dillon
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Detecting Design

Intelligent Design Apologetics Creation/Creationism

Contributed By: Tom Halloran | Date Posted: 2011-01-26

Scripture: Romans 1:20

Author: Tom Halloran
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The Search For Signs Of Intelligence

Evolution Creation/Creationism Intelligent Design

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-12-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:20

Author: Keith Hunt
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Richard Dawkins' Delusion

Evolution Intelligent Design Atheism

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2010-09-29

Scripture: Romans 1:20

Author: Seth Dillon
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A Watch is Evidence of a Watchmaker

Creation/Creationism Intelligent Design Evolution

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2010-09-16

Scripture: Romans 1:20

Author: William Paley / Seth Dillon
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