Charles Darwin was not an atheist in the conventional sense. He believed that God was responsible for the First Cause. And yet, he is a poster boy for atheists nowadays. As such many non-atheistic skeptics and rationalists of the past are championed by present-day atheists.
- Natural Selection involves small changes accumulated over millions of years, where each change withstood onslaught of nature, proving itself a contender for a long term survival. It is not an event that happens all of a sudden in gusto like a hurricane.
- Natural Selection doesn’t create a completely new model of aircraft all of sudden, assuming aircraft is an animal or a plant. First there is a version A, which is quite rudimentary, something like a paper that is floating in the air, then there is a version B, which is not completely different from version A but a little ‘improvement’ over version A, like a paper glider, and so on. Say, we have reached a level Z 1000, after thousands of improvements between A and Z 1000, and then we have a Boeing-747. Note that there is a version before Boeing 747 which actually flies and takes people from Paris to London, and one version before that and so on. According to Natural Selection, Boeing 747 doesn’t come into existence all of a sudden – there are many versions before it which all fly quite successfully and have survived.
- Randomness which is suggested in evolution is not the same randomness of a hurricane sweeping through your backyard or the randomness that is innate in throwing dice. Here the randomness is unpredictability in where the mutations occur and what they would be. Nobody has a control on these mutations – but they continue to happen – some survive and most others perish. Those which survive will now become part of the aircraft which will continue to stay with it, even in the most advanced version. Boeing 747 has exact parts from many of the versions before it. No such a thing happens when an intelligent designer constructs Boeing-747 all from new parts. There is a good chance that there is not a single part from the previous versions and designs – that is not how evolution works.