- Odd and Curious vs. Imperfect
Some designs are odd and curious, not imperfect. In art, personality and expression are important, not simply following rigid and dry guidelines of “perfection.” 4 God uses creative design to demonstrate His glory and ingenuity rather than just His engineering skills.
The curse on creation in Genesis 3 has taken its toll, evidenced by mutations, imperfection, and death. Many of God’s originally perfect designs have suffered deterioration as a result of man’s sin and the curse on creation.
- Original Life and Survival
God did not originally create animals for survival, He created them for His glory. In the original creation, there was no such thing as death, and so there was no such thing as “survival.” God made unique and interesting designs to display His creativity.
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ReMine, W. J. (1993). The Biotic Message: Evolution Versus Message Theory. Saint Paul, Minn.: St. Paul Science.
Coyne, J. A. (2009). Why Evolution Is True. New York: Viking.
- ReMine, 1993, p. 14: “[Darwin] noted that nature shows imperfect design that a capable engineer would not use.” ↩
- Coyne, 2009: “Imperfection is the mark of evolution, not of conscious design. We should then be able to find cases of imperfect adaptation, in which evolution has not been able to achieve the same degree of optimality as would a creator.” ↩
- Coyne, 2009, p. 81: “What I mean by ‘bad design’ is the notion that if organisms were built from scratch by a designer–one who used the bilogical building blocks of nerves, muscles, bone, and so on–they would not have such imperfections. Perfect design would truly be the sign of a skilled and intelligent designer. Imperfect design is the mark of evolution; in fact, it’s precisely what we expect from evolution.” ↩
- For instance, pianists must feel the mood of a song to play it effectively. If a pianist plays too rigidly, perfectly in sync with a metronome, the song loses nearly all artistic value. ↩