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(More ID vs. E) A Distinction between “Mechanism” and “Originating Cause”

January 9th, 2006 | 1 min read

By Keith E. Buhler

Many people are trying to understand the answer to this question: “Where did all the complexity come from?”

IDers say, “It came from an intelligent designer,”
Evolvers say, “It came from previous simplicity, gradually increasing in complexity.”

In the previous post, Warren made this challenge: “An intelligent designer” doesn’t explain anything, scientifically, unless we can explain how he’s doing it.”

He summarized, “Intention is not an explanation. Things don’t get intended into existence.”

With which I fully agree.

There is a difference between mechanism, and originating cause. It is the difference between “How” and “Why,” the difference between a pool cue striking an ivory ball into a pocket, and a person who’s trying to win a game.

I do not claim to know the mechanism for how things got made, I claim to see clues that suggest they were made on purpose.