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Evidence for Design

David Pearce

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32 pages

Evidence for Design

The Testimony review (from December 2003)

The design argument for creation

IN ONE OF the creation psalms (107) the writer exclaims no less than four times, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”. It seems that it has ever been a trait in man’s character that he prefers not to credit the Creator with the honour that is due to Him, even though, as the psalm so clearly shows, the evidence of His wise and generous provision is to be seen all around us.

The same psalm speaks of those who go down to the sea in ships, who see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep, and who are ultimately brought to their desired haven. The evidence for design is to be observed in the whole of the biosphere, and those who have an honest and humble mind appreciate the hand of our Maker and praise Him, as the psalmist exclaims.

Brother David Pearce has therefore rendered a service to the Brotherhood, and those who are seeking after the Truth, in writing a booklet on the design argument. Paradoxically, in an age when God’s wonderful works are revealed in profusion with all the instruments now available to workers in science, there seems to be less and less acknowledgement of the purpose, fore-thought and design that are revealed.

The booklet is arranged in eight short chapters, the first of which sets out the basic argument against the evolutionary origin of living things and the shortcomings of the evolutionary theory. In the succeeding chapters, a number of interesting examples are given where logic would compel us to conclude that there is a Creator. The tear glands associated with the human eye, which cleanse the cornea, are secreting tears all the time and not only when we cry. They must have been created to work perfectly, with a drain to take away the surplus tears, from the beginning.

Next, the blood-clotting mechanism is considered. More than thirty chemical substances interact in this complex process, but we know from studies with haemophiliacs that only one of the chemicals needs to be missing for a life-threatening condition to arise, for which, in years gone by, there was no remedy. Evolutionists are unable to explain how chemical processes such as blood-clotting could arise so that all the chemicals and enzymes needed were in place simultaneously at the beginning.

A fascinating chapter on the healing and repair of broken and fractured bones follows, and then a chapter on the dispersal of seeds, which the reviewer enjoyed particularly. Common hedgerow trees such as the hawthorn or elderberry need to disperse their seeds away from the area where they are produced so that there is space, light and food for them to germinate and grow to maturity. A bright colour makes them visible to birds, a starchy layer in the seed ensures that the bird gets food, and a hard stone ensures that the embryo of the seed remains intact from the digestive juices of the bird. All three items must be there for birds successfully to disperse the seeds, and the author introduces some simple statistics (which even this non-mathematical reviewer could follow!) to show the probability of all three characteristics evolving at the same time. Read the booklet to find the answer, which you can be assured is very, very small.

The penultimate chapter is about coconuts and how they are dispersed (they are large seeds). Brother Pearce likens the forethought and design of the coconut and its dispersal by sea to the meticulous planning and checking that goes into the design and launching of a space capsule. Read the booklet if you are not convinced, or are just intrigued by this analogy. Finally, the lesson of the spider, which 3,000 years ago Agur was inspired to write about (Proverbs 30:28), is spelled out again for us in the modern terms of the computer programme that is used repeatedly time and again without error. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful sights we can see on an autumn morning is a spider’s web in a field or on trees. The author describes the marvellous mechanism, programmed into the spider’s DNA, whereby the web is rapidly and unerringly manufactured, and the spider is enabled, as Agur said, to be “in king’s palaces”.

The booklet ends with a review entitled, appropriately enough, “The Finger of God”. The booklet is commended to the children and young people in our midst, who need to be encouraged to see the clear and logical arguments that there are against evolution, and to those who are of older years but who have retained their youthful interest in, and enthusiasm for, the wonderful works of creation which surround us in constant witness to the wisdom and mercy of Him Who has made all things well.


(Originally published in the December 2003 edition of The Testimony Magazine (pages 454-455), and is reproduced by kind permission.)

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