This is a discussion I had with an atheist on the scientific evidence for existence of God at the Rational Thinkers Cafe stall in Lucknow Mahutsav.
The video recording started in the middle of our conversation. As you would see, we reached the conclusion that there is an Intelligent Being that is responsible for the origin of Biological Information in the cell. However the atheist brother raised the question that how do we know if this Being is God or some alien within the universe.
I told him that there are other evidences to show that helps us identify that this Being is God who is beyond the universe and not some alien within the universe. But since he did not have enough time I promised him to mail the remaining details. I have discussed the other details with another atheist at the same same stall, which would be shared later, InshaAllah.
The following is the mail that I sent to him later
We met yesterday at Lucknow Mahutsav at the Rational Thinkers Cafe Stall.
Let me start by giving evidence for all that I spoke yesterday.
Here is a Peer-Reviewed article titled ‘The origin of biological information and the higher taxonomic categories’ written by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer published in PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON in 2004 http://www.discovery.org/a/2177
The article also mentions the results of the experiments by Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe showing that I mention in our conversation.
I have summarized a more recent book by Dr. Meyer on this topic in my following article https://rationalthinkerscafe.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/comprehensive-critique-of-neo-darwinian-theory/
This article, along with highlighting the problem we discussed, also summarizes more problems with the Darwinain Theory of Evolution.
Once we establish, that there is an Intelligent cause behind the biological information we find in living cells, we move further on to identify this Intelligent Being.
As we look further, we find that there is evidence of design in the Universe as well. There are many aspects of design in the universe.
For example, Initially, many scientists like Carl Sagan had predicted that the Earth, which he called a ‘pale blue dot’, had no great significance in the wider universe and that Universe must be filled with alien life.
This, however, we know is not true. Life, if at all present elsewhere,is extremely rare in the Universe. The reason being that there are extremely narrow circumstances that need to be in one place to permit intelligent life. The amazing part is that the same narrow circumstances that allow us to exist also provide us with the best overall setting for making scientific discoveries. Those things that make the planet habitable also make that planet the best place for making scientific discoveries. So our place in the universe is not only designed for life, but also designed to permit scientific discoveries.
This point has been explained in detail by Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez and co author Jay W. Richards in the book
The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery http://www.amazon.com/The-Privileged-Planet-Designed-Discovery/dp/0895260654
I have summarized a few points from the book in my articlehttps://rationalthinkerscafe.wordpress.com/…/universe-fine…/
I have the hard copy of the book and if you are interested in reading the complete book then I can give it to you for reading purpose.
I would like you to go through this before we continue any further. You can contact me anytime on my mail id or on my facebook profile. You may send a friend request and we can discuss it further. My facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/kashifzzub