…non-interactive, invisible, silent, hidden, indifferent, concealed Designer
I cringed when I heard an IDist say something to the effect, “we use forensic science all the time to infer design, and this same science demonstrates an Intelligence made life”. The problem is forensic science identifies designs made by humans (or something human like). People generally believe some designer made Stonehenge because they see humans making comparable designs all the time. Many IDists don’t seem to appreciate invoking a never-seen designer poses a challenge for accepting design in biology.
Even if God created life, because we don’t experience His presence in the same way we experience a human designers’ presence, many find it hard to accept the idea a Creator exists. If God exists, as far as every day human affairs, He appears absent, non-interactive, invisible, silent, hidden, indifferent, concealed etc. In human terms, then, like the tooth fairy, the concept of God in the modern day among the educated, seems irrelevant at best, false and harmful at worst.
For someone to accept God as creator, he must come to terms with the problem of God’s lack of obvious interaction in every day life. Why the silence, and concealment? Were it not for the Design argument, I’d almost be right there with the GNUs saying how stupid theism is.
However, because of the design argument first, and the creationist argument second, I came to reaffirm my belief in the Christian faith after being an agnostic for a season. For others, the design argument isn’t persuasive enough to raise any interest in things of Jesus. I respect that, but that is not the path I’ve chosen.
The almost forgotten ID classic, The Hidden Face of God and other books by Gerald Schoeder influenced world-famous atheist Antony Flew. If God is the creator, He has surely gone to great lengths to conceal His existence. For me, and I suppose for Antony Flew, the Design hypothesis made it feasible for some to believe there is a concealed and hidden face of God.
God gets glory from concealing things; kings get glory from investigating things.
Complete Jewish Bible
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