Intelligent Design Icon Intelligent Design

Why C. S. Lewis Rejected the “Argument from Undesign”

C. S. Lewis statue
Photo: C. S. Lewis statue, by "Genvessel" / CC BY (

On an episode of ID the Future we bring you a production by Discovery Institute about C. S. Lewis and intelligent Design. With contributions by political scientist John West and philosophers Victor Reppert and Angus Menuge, we hear about Lewis’s early doubts about God based in part on an argument from undesign or “poor design” in nature, and how he moved from this position to developing multiple arguments for intelligent design. Download the podcast or listen to it here.

Another contribution Lewis made to the intelligent design project wasn’t a specific argument but the example he set. As John West explains near the end of the episode, one of his greatest contributions was a commitment to free inquiry and open debate, one he modeled while a professor at Oxford University.