Ultraviolet Landing Strips
As the pilot maneuvers the plane to begin its decent onto the landing strip he will usually look first for the landing light patterns on the ground to guide him into a safe and smooth landing that will show him exactly where he needs to go. Without these landing strip lights a pilot would risk serious damage to the plane and even death to himself and all passengers; they are indeed essential to his successful landing.
As people we cannot see things in ultraviolet light; however pollinating insects do see UV light. At first it was thought that this would make it difficult for insects to land on flowers and locate the pollen. However, it is this ability to see UV light that not only provides a safe landing on flowers and a food source for insects, but a pollinating mechanism for flowers as well.
Most flowers contain a particular pigmented pattern on there petals that is not visible in regular light. This pattern is like a bull’s-eye or landing strip for insects; it allows for a safe landing and it directs them right to the pollen so they won’t miss it. Like a flashing neon sign pointing to the restaurant these UV landing strip patterns point pollinating insects right to the food source. As a result, insects can utilize the pollen as food and the flowers can pollinate and reproduce.
All over creation is the thumb print of a Creator. It is obvious that complexity strongly indicates an intelligent designer. As William Paley, British Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian once said,
“The watch must have a watch maker; that there must have existed, at some time and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed it for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use.”
In the words of Paley, the watch requires a watchmaker. Design demands a designer. Creation is covered with the Creator’s signature. All that creation reveals is not enough for salvation, but it is enough to rendered without an excuse for failure to acknowledge him in our hearts, minds, and actions.
Hitchens’ responds to this line of reasoning by arguing that a Designer cannot exist because of how “bad” everything works. The “poor” design of the universe, Hitchens argues, shows that a perfect God could not have made everything. Apart from even an elementary understanding of sin, such would seem to be the case. However, Hitchens is looking at a world in its post-fallen state. When he looks at the world he does not see it as it was originally made, but as it has become as a result of sin.
Moreover, Hitchens’ reasoning in this area is flawed and self contradictory. After stating that God cannot exist because of how “badly” everything in the universe works, he states that evolution is in fact the true creator. In other words, Hitchens himself does not disagree with the logic of the Intelligent Design movement. He understands that design demands a Designer and creation demands a Creator. He simply has supplanted God with evolution. Hitchens does not disagree with the reasoning, only the conclusion. Unfortunately, science rushes to the aid of the Theists on this point. Centuries of scientific data conclusively states, natural selection cannot produce or create; it can only manage what already exists. Science preaches this truth loud and clear; evolution creates nothing. Francesco Redi proved this as early as the mid seventeenth century. Spontaneous generation cannot occur. We know this from everyday life as well. We see intelligent beings design and create things. We never see nothing (or evolution) design or create from nothing. In the case of origins, science likes Theism.