Intelligent Design is a subject that comes up against Evolution a lot, whilst evidence for Evolution is abundant, the only attempt to provide evidence we ever get from theists is ‘The only explanation has to be God’.
If God is perfect, then the suggestion of intelligent design implies perfection.
As the song goes ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’, but has he, and did he ever? I’m an atheist, so I’m obviously biased and I don’t know if God created everything, but it seems highly unlikely due to the multitude of errors with life.
Many theists have tried to imply that diseases are man-made due to lifestyle, or pollution, and others say illness and disease is God’s punishment for sin that our ancestors committed. So whenever you’re diagnosed with a disease it’s because someone was naughty?
Let’s consider a few illnesses and diseases humans can get.
• Multiple sclerosis
• Crohn’s disease
• Celiac disease
• Heart disease
• Pneumonic plague
• Chicken Pox
• Yellow Fever
• Whooping cough
I’ve listed a handful of diseases out of thousands and thousands. Some have a cure, some don’t. Some can be controlled, some can’t.
Theists claim everything is balanced, and only a God could create life. My guess is if he is responsible, he’s not very good at it.
There are a multitude of birth defects, or defects that can happen over time, which suggests random mutations through Evolution, not a God’s hand.
• Hair lip
• Spina bifida
• Cleft palate
• Down syndrome
• Motor neurone disease
• Club foot
• Personality disorders
• Panic attacks
• Learning difficulties
Not an extensive list by any means, but you get the idea.
In summary, if God was perfect, then we’d be perfect, but as you can see life is a tightrope and there’s a chance you will fall off.
Theists will say it’s punishment for sin, but a dog dying of cancer is that because a descendant stole another dog’s ball?