Tarski Posted October 1, 2010 Share Posted October 1, 2010 Lets get our story straight shall we?I see quite a few LDS (such as Changed) vigorously endorsing intelligent design.But let's slow down and notice something important.First, to "design" is not the same as copy or manufacture and certainly not the same as procreate.Design means to some up with an original and intelligent blueprint for an artifact. The design shows the original intentions of the designer and is not simply taken off the shelf or copied or imitated from something already in existence.It is asserted that life is obviously a very clever design of an intelligent agent usually taken to be God. At the top of the list is the human form in all its beauty and complexity.But in post King-Follet Mormon theology, we find that God did not design or create any of these wonders. Indeed, he is a procreator, and did not design me any more than my father did. Indeed, not only did he not invent the human body, he has such a body himself and so did his father before him ad infinitum. The notions of a tree, or a planet, a bird or a dog were not designed by the Mormon God who presumably started out as a mortal surrounded by such things. In this view, all of the complexity which appears designed is actually simply an eternally repeating pattern of natural structure without any origin in some creative act.The Mormon God seems to have not designed anything at all of much significance and the complex structures of life such as the human body are not designed at all, not by God, not by nature, and not by any previous diety. So, why are LDS like Changed and others here so keen on seeing design in nature? Intelligent design opposes Mormon theology. (shocking but true)If nature is obviously designed, then traditional Mormon theology is obviously false. You can't have it both ways despite the attempt to do just that in the convoluted, multi-dimensional, time warping, paradoxical and self-contradictory theories of few people like MfB. Link to comment
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