April 26, 2018
Date(s) - 26/04/2018
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Many people conclude that there must be a designer at least to account for the complexity of living things. However, Richard Dawkins contends that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, through natural selection, can explain the rise of complexity by gradual degrees from simple beginnings. In “The Blind Watchmaker”, Richard Dawkins states:
Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind’s eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker. (p.14)
Dawkins goes on to claim that God is superfluous and highly improbable. Are Dawkins’ argument reasonable?
Christians have responded in quite different ways, ranging from substantial rejection of evolutionary theory, through to acceptance of some form of guided evolution. To the lay person, the divergent claims can be very confusing. So, the following questions often arise:
- What can I know?
- Who should I trust?
- Does the world need a designer?
Kevin Rogers will provide an overview and discussion of the arguments presented in “The Blind Watchmaker” and will address the above questions, including “Does the world in which we live point to a Supernatural Designer?”
Kevin Rogers is the director of Reasonable Faith Adelaide and is also a research fellow and lecturer at the University of South Australia.