I recently read a blog post by Sean McDowell titled, “Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Professor About Intelligent Design.” It’s written to college students. I’d recommend reading it, possibly even using it as small group discussion at some level. It would take some work to put something together, for sure, but could be worthwhile. I’m not a “science person” at all, so for someone like me you’d need to boil it down and simplify the importance of these a bit. Sean is obviously much smarter than me. But if you have students in your ministry who are really engaging in the science field you might want to pass it along to them. Sean explains the importance of each of these questions in the blog post, but here are some of the questions:
- If nature, or some aspect of it, is intelligently designed, how could we tell?
- Should biologists be encouraged to look for signs of intelligence in biological systems? Why or why not?
- Who determines the rules of science? Are these rules written in stone? Is it mandatory that scientific explanations only appeal to matter and energy operating by unbroken natural laws (a principle known as methodological naturalism)?
- How do we account for the complex information-rich patterns in biological systems? What is the source of that information?
- Do any structures in the cell resemble machines designed by humans? How do we account for such structures?
- What are irreducibly complex systems? Do such systems exist in biology? If so, are those systems evidence for design? If not, why not?
- The Earth seems ideally positioned in our galaxy for complex life to exist and for scientific discovery to advance. Does this privileged status of Earth indicate intelligent design? Why or why not?
Anyway, just thought I’d pass along the resource…