Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

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Planet Gliese 1214b (NASA)

This opinion piece by Eric Metaxes recently published by the Wall Street Journal turns on its head one of the most common critiques levied against the theory of Intelligent Design: namely, that it doesn’t make any testable predictions. In other words, according to its critics, there’s no way to prove Intelligent Design wrong. (Intelligent Design, of course, is the theory that God created the physical universe to be finely tuned to support life on Earth–something the Bible in general, and the Book of Proverbs in particular, proclaims repeatedly.)

Most Intelligent Design proponents would hold that, because life on Earth requires a supernaturally designed universe, we should expect to find little or no evidence of life elsewhere in the universe. To the contrary, most cosmologists who hold a naturalist worldview–including the most vocal critics of Intelligent Design theory–have long predicted that life will have independently evolved on millions and millions of other worlds. Most famously, Carl Sagan often intoned that, if there were no other life in the universe, it would be “an awful waste of space.”

As Metaxes observes, however, none of the naturalists’ predictions about extraterrestial life are panning out.  We discover more alien worlds every month, and with each new discover comes the realization that life is far more rare than any naturalist model had predicted. To those who remain open-minded on the issue, it will become clear at some point that it requires more faith to believe in a random, undesigned universe than it does to see the handiwork of an intelligent designer.

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