Electric Motor by Accident?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Nuttings from the Front | 2 comments

There are many people who can fully understand how an electric motor works. Some can explain the connection between electricity and magnetic fields in the motor, while others explain what elements are in the metal of the motor, and still  others can even tell you the inner workings of the atoms that make up that electric motor.

But, here is the big question. Because someone can explain all the details of that electric motor right down to the very particles which make it up, does that give him/her license to say that there was no person or intelligent being that made that electric motor? I am sure you will say “no” to this.

Now entering into the scene is Dr. Stephen Hawking, who has studied the inner workings of the very particles that make up the universe. According to a lot of people who follow Hawking, he has explained all the stuff of the universe and relates that to gravity. Therefore, God is not necessary to create it. Instead, it all happened by accident.  In fact, that seems to be the conclusion of Hawking’s book, The Grand Design.

Connecting the two thoughts, you can see that even brilliant scientists can miss the obvious if we assume our intellect and ability to explain how something works, precludes the need of the original designer or God. For me, seeing the intricate details of the Creation causes me to even more deeply appreciate our Creator God!   That is what I also get out of Romans 1:20:

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (KJV)


Dave Nutting

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  1. Wrong. You are comparing something that is mechanical (and obviously man-made) with a natural phenomenon. Anvils to oranges, so to speak. Nice try, and still not a proof of god.

    • I am not sure how it is anvils and oranges. Many areas of applied science look at characteristics and “apparent” design in nature to develop everything from Velcro, shark skin swimming suits, new fabric adhesives (designed from looking at a gecko’s foot), to name a few. I am thankful that scientists working in technology, among other fields, do not completely disassociate them, but that was not the point of the article. The article was looking at the idea that description is not creation, whether you are looking at an anvil, orange, or gravity. It was intended to put a pebble in shoes and give people something to think about, and not intended to be a fully detailed argument from causality, which , by the way, there are many good books on the subject available if you are interested. Thanks for your comment.

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