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Creation, life and intelligent design

A Letter to the Editor Original Article

Sir, Terence Kealey (Comment, December 18) says that proponents of intelligent design are “devilishly intelligent”. Since the British philosopher and former atheist Antony Flew has just washed up on to the shores of intelligent design, he too is now “devilishly intelligent”. What has his Faustian intellect uncovered?

Peering into the world of even the simplest functional, self-reproducing cell— — the thing Darwinism needs before it can even begin to work— — Flew finds a world of intricate circuits, miniaturised motors and enough digital code to fill an encyclopedia.

Natural selection can’t build this bit by bit. It needs life first. Nor can the natural outworking of the laws of nature. Flew and the rest of us are waiting for a detailed, credible description of how such complexity occurred without design. Bold assertions, prestigious degrees and handwaving don’t count. Yes, Dr. Kealey, let the classroom discussion begin.

Yours faithfully,
JONATHAN WITT
(Senior Fellow),
Discovery Institute,
1511 Third Avenue, Suite 808,
Seattle, WA 98101.
December 18.

Jonathan Witt

Executive Editor, Discovery Institute Press and Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture
Jonathan Witt, PhD, is Executive Editor of Discovery Institute Press and a senior fellow and senior project manager with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. His latest book is Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design (DI Press, 2018) written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has also authored co-authored Intelligent Design Uncensored, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature, and The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot. Witt is the lead writer and associate producer for Poverty, Inc., winner of the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award and recipient of over 50 international film festival honors.