Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Examining the complexities of faith and science

SOME people can't understand that their favourite arguments are fallacies. Like Eric Conway (Write Back, May 7), who regurgitates the argument from design.

The usual example is a watch, not a perfect tower, but the fallacy is the same. But we don't have that experience for natural objects, so the argument fails. Patterns and the appearance of design permeate the universe at all scales.

These require no intelligent being, but are the results of chemical and physical processes discovered by science, not faith. Mr Conway should look at the complexities of the malaria parasite and mosquitoes that spread it and ponder the morality of that being.

STEPHEN MORETON

Warrington, Cheshire

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