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Intelligent Design

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 Contents - May 2006AD2000 May 2006 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Benedict XVI: love and truth are inseparable
Papacy: Benedict completes his first twelve months as Pope - Fr Ephraem Chifley
News: The Church Around the World
Satellite service: EWTN Australia
Events: Carnivale Christi 2006 scheduled for Melbourne and Sydney in May - AD2000 Report
Benedict's first twelve months: 'We Are Church' delivers its verdict - Michael Gilchrist
Catholicism-lite's Church of convenience - Paul A. Wagner
University: Students should challenge dissenting teachers - Dr Michael Casey
Vocations: Can religious life be rebuilt in Australia? - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Foreign priests - a tale of two Brisbane parishes - Bob Osmak
Letters: Adoption - our experience - Bella and Leon Voesenek
Letters: Bigotry - Maureen Federico
Letters: Religious dissent - Kevin McManus
Letters: Lay led liturgies in Rockhampton diocese - Jessie Roger
Letters: Actions and attitudes - S. Chaston
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Inclusive language - John Daly
Letters: Elites - Peter Gilet
Letters: Conscience - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Modernism - Don Gaffney
Letters: Intelligent Design - Michael Griffiths
Letters: Creationism? - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Phillip Adams - Frank Bellet
Letters: Warning!
Letters: Rosary beads request - Jim Smith
Books: The Victory Of Reason, by Rodney Stark - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: On The Way To Jesus Christ, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Young Faces of Holiness: Modern Saints in Photos and Words, by Ann Ball - Jacinta Cummins (reviewer)
Books: Stimulating reading from AD Books
Reflection: Oneness in Christ: the heart of the priesthood - Fr John W. O'Neill PP

May I make some observations concerning Peter Barnes' letter headed "Intelligent Design" in the March issue?

In Darwin's time it was proposed that if anyone should find a pocket-watch in a field he would readily conclude it was designed by an intelligent person and not the product of blind chance.

Modern science has discovered some of the inner workings of the simple cell, which is basic to all forms of life. It has been described as more complex and more perfect than anything ever made by man. Because of the interdependence of its parts it is impossible for the cell to live in an incomplete or imperfect form, so that the cell cannot have come into existence by any gradual evolutionary process. It is therefore reasonable to conclude that it is the product of intelligent design.

One of the most common objections to Intelligent Design is the slightly questionable assumption that the Intelligent Designer could not design anything which is beyond the understanding of Man, or which would not meet with his approval. For example if, for instance, I am unable to understand fully parts of Mr Barnes' letter it is possible that the shortcoming may lie with me and not with him, the intelligent designer of the letter.

Finally may I say that, since scientists generally are very shy of identifying the one and only candidate for the position of Intelligent Designer, I think it is Almighty God.

Glenroy, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 19 No 4 (May 2006), p. 16

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