One of the most prominent scientific geniuses of the 17th century, Christiaan Huygens would be known as an “intelligent design” scientist if he lived today. He made this clear in his book Cosmotheoros in 1698:
I suppose no body will deny but that there’s somewhat more of Contrivance, somewhat more of Miracle in the production and growth of Plants and Animals, than in lifeless heaps of inanimate Bodies, be they never so much larger; as Mountains, Rocks, or Seas are. For the finger of God, and the Wisdom of Divine Providence, is in them much more clearly manifested than in the other. One of Democritus’s or [de]Cartes’s Scholars may venture perhaps to give some tolerable Explication of the appearances in Heaven and Earth, allow him but his Atoms and Motion; but when he comes to Plants and Animals, he’ll find himself non-plus’d, and give you no likely account of their Production. For every thing in them is so exactly adapted to some design, every part of them so fitted to its proper life, that they manifest an Infinite Wisdom, and exquisite Knowlege in the Laws of Nature and Geometry, as, to omit those Wonders in Generation, we shall by and by show; and make it an absurdity even to think of their being thus haply jumbled together by a chance Motion of I don’t know what little Particles.
If this quote were stated in modern English today, it would anger many origin-of-life researchers and evolutionary biologists. They would undoubtedly attribute it to one of the leaders of the intelligent design movement. This would be a good trick to play on them. Read an updated version of this quote, then tell the Darwinists it was stated by the man who invented the pendulum clock, wrote the first book on probability, described the wave theory of light mathematically, belonged to the Royal Society and the French Academy of Sciences, accurately described Saturn’s rings as not touching the planet, and discovered Saturn’s large moon Titan. They would recognize the name of this great natural philosopher instantly. He was honored by the Cassini program when the first spacecraft to land on Titan was named the Huygens probe. He is recognized as one of the most eminent mathematicians and scientists of the 17th century. And he believed in intelligent design….
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