C.S. Lewis was a zealous atheist in his twenties. However, later he discovered a belief in God that was partially based on intelligent design.
C.S. Lewis had at least four arguments for intelligent design proving or giving great evidence for the existence of God.
- Argument for intelligent design from Beauty. The beauty in the natural world suggests a higher level of existence. Beauty is above matter and energy. What created that beauty?
- Argument for intelligent design from Morality. If the universe is evil and cruel, where does morality come from? D. might be the explanation. There would be no morality from the survival of the fittest or from molecules.
- Argument from Reason. Why do we think that reason, including math, comes from non-rational causes? How can you get intelligence from that which is non-intelligent?
- Argument from Complexity. Lewis said that like we need to go beyond the physical steam engine to find its originator, we need to go outside of nature to find the originator and designer of natural things such as animals.
Early scientists looked for laws and designs in nature, because they believed nature had a Designer. This propelled science forward.
The laws of nature cannot create complex things, these complex objects require directions from outside the physical objects. For example, a hurricane can hit a group of bricks, lumber, nails and electrical wires. The force of the wind cannot build a house. Building the house requires a designer, intelligent agents to build it, and information in the blueprint. The living cell in an animal is thousands of times more complex than a house.
C.S. Lewis believed in rigorous arguments and the need for honest debate. “Follow the argument to where it leads,” said Lewis.
The famous atheist Antony Flew found intelligent design and a Cosmic Mind. He wrote the book There Is A God.
See YouTube video about Lewis at CS Lewis and Intelligent Design