Notice that none of our interlocutors are really making any kind of valid argument. Rather they are simply dismissing the logical possibility that life could be designed a priori. If they don’t agree that it is possible that life could be designed they need to logically refute that claim. In other words, they need to prove that it’s logically impossible for life to be designed.
Notice all the following quotes are from men who believe that evolution is a mindless and purposeless process. (HT: BA77)
“This appearance of purposefulness is pervasive in nature…. Accounting for this apparent purposefulness is a basic problem for any system of philosophy or of science.”
George Gaylord Simpson – “The Problem of Plan and Purpose in Nature” – 1947
“living organisms “appear to have been carefully and artfully designed”
Richard C. Lewontin – Adaptation,” Scientific American, and Scientific American book ‘Evolution’ (September 1978)
“Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”
Francis Crick – What Mad Pursuit – p. 138 (1990)
“Organisms appear as if they had been designed to perform in an astonishingly efficient way, and the human mind therefore finds it hard to accept that there need be no Designer to achieve this”
Francis Crick – What Mad Pursuit – p. 30
“Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”
Richard Dawkins – The Blind Watchmaker (1996) p.1
If something appears to be designed isn’t it logically possible it really could be designed?
The main argument for the design then can be stated very simply:
1.If it appears to be designed, it really could be designed.
2. Even the simplest self-replicating life forms, like Mycoplasma genitalium, appears to be designed.
3. Therefore, it really could be designed.
In other words, if it’s logically possible that something could be designed then it’s not illegitimate to consider the possibility that it really might be designed. Indeed, it would be intellectually dishonest not to do so.