Tuesday, August 09, 2005

On Intelligent Design

To my way of thinking, God created us. In creating us, he also created the genes which are a part of us. These genes are subject to mutation (thus my congenital disease of Multiple Hereditary Exostoses (MHE), which I passed on to my son, and which he will probably pass on to his progeny). It is my opinion that the Bible was written at a time when the concept of genes, etc. were unknown, and that it could only be written in the text and context of the times. The main theme of the Book of Genesis is that God created the Heavens and the Earth and every living thing. Of that I am sure. However, IMO, the manner in which it was ultimately created, its design, etc., is up for discussion. Again, I mean no disrespect. Everything we see is of God and created by Him, and God's Divine Providence is evident in all His creation. That, to me, is the most important aspect of this entire discussion. Through the science of genetics, we are discovering more and more of the genius inherent in our Creator's design. And the more we find out, the more we find out how little we know. The danger comes when in our arrogance that comes with our increased knowledge, we begin to think ourselves more clever than our Creator, and when we in turn begin to assign ourselves the role of Creator (i.e., cloning, embryonic stem cell research), thinking that we can somehow do a better job than did our Creator and can somehow pick up where he left off. This is the wing of science that will ultimately denouce the very existence of the Creator, and think of itself and its own discipline as the final arbiters of life and death, and of morality. Just as the Angel Lucifer, in his pride, thought himself more powerful and omniscient than the Lord Himself, so scientists are beginning to think of themselves as such. And so will they (and ultimately the entire segment of humanity that follows them) suffer the same fate.