Intelligent Design: Fingerprints of a Designer
So what do all these scientific discoveries mean? Many scientists believe that there is increasing evidence that a Designer’s “fingerprints” are coming into focus.
Dr. Robert Jastrow is a theoretical physicist who joined NASA when it was formed in 1958. Jastrow helped establish the scientific goals for the exploration of the moon during the Apollo lunar landings. He set up and directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which conducts research in astronomy and planetary science. Jastrow wrote these thoughts that summarize the view of many scientists.
“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
Many theologians think they see a compelling correlation between the Christian view of God and the new discoveries in our universe. And surprisingly many agnostic scientists are also making startling statements that are consistent with the Christian view of creation. (See “Is a Designer Revealed in Creation?”)
Agnostic Michael Denton, senior research fellow in human molecular genetics at the University of Otago in New Zealand says that the evidence that the universe exists for mankind is more compelling today than at any time in the history of modern science.
No other theory or concept imagined by man can equal in boldness and audacity this great claim … that all the starry heavens, and every species of life, that every characteristic of reality exists for mankind. … But most remarkably, given its audacity, it is a claim which is very far from discredited prescientific myth. In fact no observation has ever laid the presumption to rest. And today, four centuries after the scientific revolution, the doctrine is again reemerging. In the last decades of the twentieth century, its credibility is being enhanced by discoveries in several branches of fundamental science.
But more hardened materialists still hold firm to the belief that we are merely “cosmic accidents.” They have even been successful in silencing the debate in the classroom about these new scientific discoveries.
On the other hand, an increasing number of scientists have recognized evidence for intelligent design behind all the laws of science and the fine-tuning in the universe. They are willing to risk their reputations in the interest of fair handed academic debate, letting the evidence speak for itself. In fact, the motto of these open-minded scientists is,
“following the evidence, wherever it leads.”
And that is what true science is all about—letting the evidence speak for itself.