The Rubber Ducky Argument

If you found a rubber ducky on a fence post you’d never assume it appeared there by a natural process, that there just happened to be the right elements of some petroleum based product on the fence post and that it was hit by an energy charge (maybe lightning?) which melted and molded it into the rubber ducky it is. Go ahead and allow for a few million years to increase the chance of something random like this happening, and the odds are still as near zero as you can get. At best, you’d get a blob that might look a little like a duck, with some imagination, but not with the details of the familiar rubber ducky, and certainly not with a working squeaker mechanism on the bottom!

The presence of a rubber ducky on a fence post means there was intentional human involvement in its creation, distribution and placement on the fence post. This is why I believe that life exists because of an intelligent designer. The very simplest life form is infinitely more complex than a rubber ducky, even with its squeaker on the bottom!

The popular view is that science is in opposition to a belief in God. The reality is that many scientists believe in God, and many of the early scientists did as well, including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Pascal, and Newton.

Science is the study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation and so cannot come to a certain conclusion about the existence of God, who by most beliefs has His being outside of the space-time continuum. For anyone, including a scientist, to deny the existence of God is as much a religious belief as to believe that God exists. Science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God for the subject is outside the realm of what science is intended to study.

As both a lover of science and lover of God I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s not enough evidence to compel belief in God, but that there is enough evidence to find belief in God compelling! For me to believe that life exists because of a “natural” process and by chance, without benefit of an Intentional Designer, is more difficult to accept than it is to believe that there’s no human involvement in a rubber ducky being found on the top of a fence post!

“He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.” Jeremiah 51:15

(I owe the inspiration for my rubber ducky analogy to the famous Divine Watchmaker analogy.)

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