Reasons to Believe

Q&A

How does the scientific case for intelligent design specifically identify the God of the Bible as the Designer?
Science possesses the capacity to detect the work of intelligent agency and provide insight to the agent’s characteristics. For example, crime scene investigators can often determine the height or handedness of an attacker just as anthropologists can learn about hominids’ characteristics by examining their tools.

So what can we infer about the identity of life’s Designer from science?

The repeated designs throughout biology imply that a single Designer produced life, not an ensemble of independent designers (1 Corinthians 8:6).

The constancy of the laws of nature and the orderliness of the universe indicate that the Designer is not capricious. Instead, the Agent appears to be unwavering (James 1:17).

Many such evidences give us important clues to the Designer’s qualities—more than we can fit in this space. If we had room to list all of them, we could reasonably conclude that life’s intelligent Designer closely matches the characteristics of the God of the Bible. —Fazale

RESOURCE: Fazale blogs weekly about the Designer behind life. Read “Can Science Identify the Intelligent Designer?” and more at reasons.org/explore.

Why would a good God create mosquitoes, harbingers of devastating diseases?
There are over 3,550 known mosquito species and only about 200 of these harass humans. Well over 90% of mosquito species have no link to human disease.

Having been around for at least 90–100 million years, mosquitoes serve significant roles in the global food chain. Mosquito eggs and larvae serve as food for many other aquatic larvae, amphibians, and fish. And adult mosquitoes provide food for many amphibians, spiders, lizards, birds, bats, and other insects; they also serve as pollinators, critical to flower and plant fertilization, as they feed on nectar.

Only adult female mosquitoes from some species bite. They need amino acids present in the blood meal to produce mosquito eggs.

The vast majority of mosquitoes are beneficial participants in complex ecosystems and play no role in human disease. We really don’t know the environmental impact of eradicating mosquitoes. It would certainly have significant unwanted and unimaginable effects on the environment. –Anjeanette

RESOURCE: Listen to Anjeanette’s radio interview about mosquitoes and Zika virus at goo.gl/65EXZz.