In my previous post I talked about the logical path toward faith that we can help young people, or skeptics of any age, discover. Step one in a logical path toward faith begins with the understanding that the incredible level of organization in the universe is mathematically improbable without an intelligent designer behind it. Scientists are amazed at the complex level of order in the universe. Whole websites have been dedicated to this reality, such as http://designanduniverse.com, which gives an array of articles about how the design of the human body, the level of order in plant life, and the complex level of design in the animal world show the fingerprints of a designer.
It is not just theologians who see these designs in nature. John Ashton, an Australian research scientist with a PhD from the University of Newcastle, where his dissertation won the university’s educational research prize, recently edited In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation. As the title suggests, it contains articles written by ﬁfty diﬀerent scientists who see God through science. Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design, edited by William Dembski, an analytic philosopher and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, contains articles from nineteen experts who are trained in mathematics, mechanical engineering, philosophy, astrophysics, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Each article debunks materialistic naturalism on both scientiﬁc and philosophical grounds. Additional books by scientists espousing some form of intelligent design in the universe are being published regularly as increasingly more and more scientists see evidence for a designer in nature. The point I am making is that nature itself screams out that there is a Designer. This is just one step in a logical path toward faith. We will discuss other steps on that path in the next few posts.
Adapted from Dr. Dorsett’s book, Mission Possible: Reaching the Next Generation through the Small Church, published by CrossBooks, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources.