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Here Is the Question to Ask Your Friends Who Are Theistic Evolutionists

David Klinghoffer

Yesterday I showed you the first part of Stephen Meyer’s interview with Tim Vince of the European Leadership Forum. Here’s the second part. Vince asks Meyer why he is bullish on the future of ID given that any new theory is going to have a tough time getting “traction” in the scientific world.
Steve answers among other things that ID has the advantage of being the natural alternative to Darwinism since it directly tackles Darwin’s main argument. What’s that? Richard Dawkins memorably put it this way: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”
Since biological artifacts “give the appearance” of intelligent design, as even Dawkins agrees, the question posed by Darwin is whether the appearance is real or deceptive. Dawkins obviously thinks the latter. Now here’s the query to put to any upholders of Darwinian theory you know who are religiously committed:

You believe in God. Everyone agrees that life appears to be designed. Is that an illusion? Yes or no, please. If yes, why does God include such trickery in his world?

I just cannot imagine any coherent response to that question that doesn’t weasel out of answering.
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