Francisco Ayala

"Darwin's Revolution" in Creative Evolution?!, 1994

"The functional design of organisms and their features would therefore seem to argue for the existence of a designer. It was Darwin's greatest accomplishment to show that the directive organization of living beings can be explained as the result of a natural process, natural selection, without any need to resort to a Creator or other external agent. "p3-5

This quote is cited by Meyer in "Return of the God Hypothesis" on pg 60. This is the kind of statement from one who appears to be sympathetic to faith in God, as I found by reading the "Darwin's Gift.." book cited below, that makes you nervous about the apparent inconsistency. It appears to me that this apparent reverence for "natural selection" neglects the fact that in Darwin's scenario this is preceded by "random variation" and the logical dilemma that information and complexity must arise, but cannot arise from a purely random process.

Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion

Windows of Creation
Evidence from nature Is the universe designed?
Reasonable faith
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