Archive for the ‘design of the universe’ Category

The visible marks of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of the creation that a rational creature, who will but seriously reflect on them, cannot miss the discovery of Deity

October 10, 2009

The visible marks of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of the creation that a rational creature, who will but seriously reflect on them, cannot miss the discovery of Deity.

John Locke, from “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”, 1690

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So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have existed thro’ all time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to Unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a creator, rather than in that of a self-existent Universe

October 10, 2009

So irresistible are these evidences of an intelligent and powerful Agent that, of the infinite numbers of men who have existed thro’ all time, they have believed, in the proportion of a million at least to Unit, in the hypothesis of an eternal pre-existence of a creator, rather than in that of a self-existent Universe. Surely this unanimous sentiment renders this more probable than that of the few in the other hypothesis.

Letter of Thomas Jefferson: 1743-1826 to John Adams Monticello, April 11, 1823

The visible order of the universe proclaims a supreme intelligence

October 9, 2009

The visible order of the universe proclaims a supreme intelligence.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The visible marks of extraordinary wisdom and power appear so plainly in all the works of the creation that a rational creature, who will but seriously reflect on them cannot miss the discovery of a deity.

John Locke

As a house implies a builder , a garment a weaver, and a door a carpenter, so does the existence of the Universe imply a Creator.

Marquis de Vauvenargues

It is impossible to account for the creation of the universe without the agency of a Supreme Being.

George Washington

Of what I call God, and fools call Nature.

Robert Browning

The more I study nature , the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.

Louis Pasteur

Science brings men nearer to God.

Louis Pasteur

Life does not come from non-life

September 12, 2009

Simple statistics soon reveal that the possibility of the spontaneous assembly of DNA…as a result of random concatenations of the (primordial) soup molecules is ludicrously…small…the chance of the right one cropping up by blind chance is virtually zero.

Paul Davis (non-Christian) professor of theoretical physics, Newcastle, God and the New Physics, Penguin, 1983, pp68-69

And it would be blind chance (natural selection not in operation in the primordial soup) for the right molecules to come together. Life does not come from non-life.

Not the God of the Philosophers

August 24, 2009

(speaking of philosophers seeking to prove God from nature)

I would not be surprised if they were addressing their arguments to believers, for those with living faith in their hearts can clearly see at once that everything that exists is entirely the work of God whom they worship. But…Scripture…speaks of God as a hidden God and because nature has been corrupted , He has left men to their blindness…Truly You are a God who hides Yourself (Isa.45.15)

Pascal

Design in human brain

July 30, 2009

The brain is made of neurons. These neurons exchange information with each other (synapses) in many possible permutations of connection. In fact, the number of possible permutations exceeds the number of particles in the known universe.”