Evolution and the Last Supper
Would anyone of even minimal intellect believe that Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" was not the work of an artist--but rather came into existence by random chance? What are the odds of a series of strong winds blowing paint onto the canvas in just the right amount and combination of pigments--striking the canvas randomly, yet precisely creating the portrait exactly as we know it? Not likely, right?
Well, what if we gave it 15 billion years or so to happen? Heck, let's be generous, and make it a HUNDRED billion. Does it seem possible that the portrait could be formed by accident--even given an unlimited amount of time? Most people probably think not.
Yet, it's against astronomical odds such as this, that most Intelligent Design scoffers see the development of intricate wonders such as life, DNA, or the human mind. Such individuals would deem the Last Supper idea impossible, yet readily accept the universe as the bastard child of time and random chance. If the idea of a simple painting being created by random chance seems to exceed the law of probability, why do they readily accept such a dubious origin for the material universe--essentially a massive, structured system constructed of tiny, structured systems?
They see undeniable design in the progressive genetic changes that equip a species to adapt to a changing environment, yet deny it had a Designer. It's one to thing to observe and document the adaptability witnessed in the study of the evolutionary processes, as Darwin famously did; but it's quite another to explain the nature and origin of the logic behind the DNA encoding that empowers those changes. DNA is every bit as logical--and far, far more sophisticated than any computer code man is capable of creating.
The truth is, in Darwin's celebrated, "On the Origin of Species," he actually makes no attempt whatsoever to expound on the actual origin of species. He wrote of how species changed to adapt, not how they originated. The true origin of all living organisms is shrouded in those ancient events that reside on the other side of that locked door known as the Big Bang. And despite man being hell-bent to pick the lock, the true beginning of all things remains a mystery to even the greatest of scientific minds. And what is believed by scientists concerning those things, is no less a matter of faith in the unseen than belief in a Creator.