Even arguments against design require design

The design argument for the existence of God posits that the complexity and intricacy of various things in the world underscore the necessity of a divine designer.

Atheists counter-argue by claiming that the laws of nature are adequate designing principles, needing nothing more. But this counter-argument begs the question – where do the laws come from? Suppose a mass-manufacturing, automated, computer-controlled factory makes products with law-like precision according to a computer program. Even if no designer seems necessary in the manufacturing process, the existence of the manufacturing program itself necessitates the existence of an intelligent programmer.

Not only do the laws of nature need design, even the intelligence that understands those laws needs design. After all, scientists’ expression of those laws in the language of mathematics is an act of design.

Even atheists’ misappropriation of such laws for coming up with anti-design arguments is an act of design. That’s why they are often proud and possessive of their books, for they consider those books as evidences of their expert designing intelligence. Indeed, even in arguments intended to evade design, there is no evading design.

Just as the scope of design is inclusive, so is the scope of the designer.

The Bhagavad-gita (10.41) states that everything attractive manifests a spark of Krishna’s splendor. So, even an atheist’s intelligence reflects Krishna’s intelligence, although distortedly and misleadingly. The Gita (15.15) indicates that Krishna gives us intelligence according to our desires. For those who desire to deny and defy him, he gives them the necessary intelligence to live in denial and defiance.

When we learn to love Krishna by taking shelter of Gita wisdom, we can see everything, even an atheist’s intelligence, as a pointer to Krishna’s supreme all-attractiveness. Such a vision of divine pervasion will ensure that impressive-sounding atheistic arguments won’t weaken our faith, but will instead strengthen it.

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