Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 14, 2014

34. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 17 – Ben Carson 5

Complex designs require a Designer to produce them. This is the Argument from Design, a powerful argument for the existence of God that has convinced countless people throughout history. It is also used throughout the Bible.

Evolutionists promote the view that scientists support Evolutionism and reject evidence for design. But this is false. Many eminent scientists accept the Argument from Design. This article and its prequels/sequels present quotations from a number of prominent scientists who have been convinced by the Argument from Design.

Dr. Benjamin Carson receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, June 2008

Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Bush honors Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson

Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University,
Dr. Ben Carson (1951– ) is a distinguished scientist who rejects evolution and believes in creation.

The previous articles, Ben Carson 1, Ben Carson 2, Ben Carson 3, and
Ben Carson 4 surveyed Carson’s scientific credentials and awards, and they discussed his views on
1. Complex Design
2. Fossils
3. Micro- vs. Macro-evolution.
4. Design of the Cosmos

This concluding article covers Carson’s opinion on

5. Believing in Evolution

In 2006 Ben Carson and Francis Collins debated atheists Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. In the debate Carson said,

“I don’t believe in evolution. … I simply don’t have enough faith to believe that something as complex as our ability to rationalize, think, and plan, and have a moral sense of what’s right and wrong, just appeared.”

What’s the bottom line for Carson? In an interview with Jonathan Gallagher he said,

“Can you prove evolution? No. Can you prove creation? No. Can you use the intellect God has given you to decide whether something is logical or illogical? Yes, absolutely. It all comes down to “faith”–and I don’t have enough to believe in evolution. I’m too logical!”
(From “Evolution? No. I don’t have enough faith. A conversation with Dr. Ben Carson,” interview by Jonathan Gallagher in the Adventist Review, February 26, 2004.)

Competent Scientist

Dr. Ben Carson is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who has advanced medicine in many fundamental ways. He is someone who “understands science,” as his dozens of honorary doctorates and tremendous achievements in medicine demonstrate.

Yet Dr. Carson vigorously and rigorously disputes evolutionism. He uses the Argument from Design to conclude that there is a Creator and that evolutionism is “illogical.”

The brain provides clear testimony of a Designer and Creator, says this celebrated brain expert. He affirms that even a single living cell displays the same astounding evidence of design. Carson sees the order and organization of the cosmos as additional indication of a Creator.

Carson is adamant that the fossils do not support evolutionary claims. He argues that the fossil record shows no evidence of evolution, since there is no indication that one kind of life ever evolved into a different kind.

Dr. Carson doesn’t believe in evolution because he is too logical!

Dr. Carson explains in his own words why he doesn’t believe in evolution in the following audio clip (9:42) from February 2013.

Questions to Ponder
    1. Did rejecting evolution handicap Dr. Carson? Did it interfere with his practice of medicine and his development of new techniques in brain surgery?
    2. How would you answer someone who says that rejecting evolution is a backward position that impedes a scientist?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 34th article in the Evidence for God series that discusses the question,
“Is There Evidence for God?”
Read the prequels:
1. Evidence for God – Can You Answer a 6th-Grader?
2. Evidence for God – Design
3. Evidence for God – Experience
4. Evidence for God – Can You Prove God Exists?
5. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Simple
6. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Logical
7. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Biblical
8. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – Old Testament
9. Evidence for God – Design Is Best Argument for God – New Testament
10. Evidence for God – Stephen King & the Argument from Design
11. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz
12. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 1
13. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 2
14. Evidence for God – Astronomy Quiz Answers 3
15. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 1 – Ben Franklin
16. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 2 – Isaac Newton
17. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 3 – Johann Kepler
18. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 4 – Robert Boyle
19. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 5 – Albert Einstein
20. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 6 – Fred Hoyle
21. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 7 – Harold Urey
22. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 8 – Charles Townes
23. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 9 – A. E. Wilder-Smith
24. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 10 – Robert Millikan
25. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 11 – Rick Smalley
26. Evidence for God – Paul Walker & the Argument from Design
27. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 12 – John Eccles
28. Evidence for God – Polls Say People Don’t Believe in Evolution
29. Evidence for God – Why Don’t People Believe in Evolution?
30. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 13 – Ben Carson 1
31. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 14 – Ben Carson 2
32. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 15 – Ben Carson 3
33. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 16 – Ben Carson 4

Read the sequel:
35. Evidence for God – Design Convinces Scientists 18 – John O’Keefe

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday May 14, 2014 A.D.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. (Romans 1:18-23)

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