On Mon, 9 Apr 2001, Paul Nelson wrote:
> You find me an example of intelligent design that does
> *not* involve the action of an agent, and I'll happily
> use your preferred label. Until then: give it a rest.
According to scripture, God designed and created everything in the
universe. That includes carbon atoms. Carbon atoms are, of course,
necessary for life.
Science provides a great deal of evidence that the carbon atoms in this
universe self-assembled from component pieces -- according to natural laws
and without the need for miraculous intervention -- in stellar cores and
were dispersed throughout the universe by stellar winds and novas.
I see absolutely no conflict between those previous two paragraphs. I
expect that very few theologians see a conflict.
But if I use the definition of "intelligent design" which you, Dembski,
and your fellows insist upon using, then there is a huge conflict between
those two paragraphs.
So please tell me:
Are carbon atoms intelligently designed?
If they are, then would it _also_ be true that modern living organisms are
intelligently designed EVEN IF they self-assembled from component pieces
according to natural laws and without the need for miraculous
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