This will be complicated ( if you think any Watchtower study article is 'deep',
give up now)
So, according to popular images, God sits on a throne. He has blueprints in his
hands for every living creature. He programmed the genetic code that determines the
form of every creature.
Now, what about siamese twins?
Possibly, most of these unfortunates die in the womb. However, consider the amazing
marvel of ADAPTATION that emerges in those who live! In some, a torso is shared- or
a cranium. What genetic blueprint guided the exact placement of each needed blood
vessel? or nerve connection? Perhaps a kidney or liver or circulatory system is shared.
What amazing intelligence guided this process - to create a functional, living pair?
AND, if a deterministic, EXACT, genetic blueprint exists for each animal or human,
IS THERE an exact 'blueprint' for each conjoined pair? One 'blueprint' shares
a liver? another blueprint shares a heart?
If we think that God preprogrammed living things in creation, millions of years
ago, is he NOW 'writing blueprints' for conjoined twins? As they are born? Is this
the hand of an immanent Creator, involved in every change in the universe? If life
manifests God as Creator, why not highlight the marvelous intelligent design of
cancer cells? or leprosy? or HIV?
Here's a better answer:
There is no strict blueprint for living things - no, NOT EVEN GENES! If you think this
is outrageous, consider the headlines that emerged after the first summary
of the human genome emerged - "Not a blueprint". Scientists refered to it as
Life is an adaptive program written to 'run on the hardware' of the universe.
What we think of as design or intelligence is distributed thruout the cosmos,
down to include even subatomic particles.
If we ask 'why does life exist - with all its properties and complexity'?
We might as well ask 'why do electrons or protons or atoms exist'?
it's really just a matter of levels of order.
Why are the laws of physics the same all over the universe?
What keeps them that way?
Why do we keep arguing about a lazy, deistic Creator, who programmed everything
millions of years ago - and then retired???
Why not think of the universe itself as an ACTIVE 'Creator', with distributed
intelligence and order, as especially shown by adaptive life? Stop looking
for an ANTHROMORPHIC Guy on a throne barking orders to Angels -
AND start considering that design and adaptive intellect are everywhere in the
cosmos, at once - creating new things and maintaining the old.
Why does this argument - evolution vs creation - keep coming up WITHOUT
A WISE SYNTHESIS (remember Hegel and Marx) OF OPPOSITES?
If proponents of Intelligent Design are sincere - and not crypto creationists-
they could greatly benefit human progress by offering a new vision of how
Having said this about creationists, I note that the Achilles heel of
some skeptics will be found in their acceptance of arbitrary properties
for the universe. If the laws of the universe "just are", you are admitting
that they can't be reduced. In my opinion, this nearly falls in the category
of MAGIC! (like it or not!). Once your criticism creates a "god of the gaps"
image, don't lament that the "just is" properties of the universe, justify
You may flame me freely, now!