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You Know It Had a Designer

Posted by Michael Dickens on December 18, 2008

When you see a car, you know that it had a designer, right?

Well, yes.

So we must have been designed.

Well, no. The default assumption is that something arose naturally. Why? Because it’s the simplest explanation. If something arises naturally, it happened without any outside interference. That’s about as simple as it gets. So without any prior knowledge, we should assume that a car is natural. But when we look around at the natural world, we don’t see anything that looks like a car, or even anything that looks like car parts. That is why we must conclude that it was designed, not because it’s complicated.

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