Intelligent Design: Love from a Scientific Perspective

Nine months.

If we were restricted to only see the world in terms of science, where would love fit into that picture? I guess it could be said that love, along with all other human emotions, is ultimately necessary for not only procreation but also the desired human interactions that help move us forward as a society. Carpenter ants and sea horses do not need to feel anything emotionally in order to survive and multiply, but we humans, being much more complicated, are not devoid of personalities or the need to feel needed by others. We need love.

So somewhere in the evolution from fish to ape to man, love randomly showed up in the genes and proved to be fit for survival? It sounds pretty miraculous to me…

That’s why, along with the Jewish actor/political commentator Ben Stein (The Wonder Years and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and the Christian actor/evangelist Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains), I am a devout advocate of Intelligent design.

In other words, I reject the popular and politically correct theory of evolution and/or The Big Bang Theory. Instead, I believe that man was literally created by God, from dust, as it is explained in the book of Genesis- in six literal 24 hour days.

What about dinosaurs, though? After all, men could not have survived alongside vicious, giant lizards.

Interestingly, The Book of Genesis explains that in the beginning, God gave the herbs and plants for the people to eat. It wasn’t until ten extremely long generations later (people lived centuries long back then) when Noah and his family exited the ark that God told mankind A) that animals would begin fearing man and therefore, B) that people should now starting eating animals as part of their diet.

Therefore, I believe for ten long generations, people and animals of all kinds coexisted, all living on a vegetarian diet. Radically, I believe the world is around 10,000 years old; not millions or billions. That’s just the Cliff Notes version of Intelligent design. Feel free to read another blog post I’ve written on it; or google “Intelligent design” to learn just how “out there” I really am.

Simply put, I believe that love is just simply too miraculous to have randomly showed up on its own. I believe that love did not evolve, but instead was created and given as a gift from God to man; so that man would share it. For me, thinking about love from a scientific perspective only points me to one simple idea: love is part of God’s intelligent design.

The love I share for my wife and son comes from God; not chance.

Unexpected Bonus!

It has never been more appropriate than right now for me to give away a free copy of the brand-new, just released, children’s book, Smack Dab in the Middle of God’s Love.

The book seems to encompass the artistic sophistication of a classic Caldecott Medal winning book along with the multi-ethnic oneness of Sesame Street. It’s a nostalgic return to the good children’s books I read as a child growing up in the Eighties, but with a modern accent. I believe this book would especially be ideal for parents who have not yet raised their children in a particular religious household, but who are now more interested in doing so; the book would serve as a great transition into teaching them about God’s love.

Now, as to the one lucky winner who will be mailed a copy of this book, just be the first person to leave a comment on this post telling me how many weeks old my son Jack was when we gave him his first haircut. Make sure you send me an email ( with your name and mailing address so I’ll know where to mail it.

Need a hint? Use the search box on the right side of this screen.

Excerpt from the back cover of Smack Dab in the Middle of God’s Love:

“Willie Juan and Ana’s home is always full of neighborhood children, laughter, and love. One day, while enjoying Ana’s most delicious sopapillas, Willie Juan asks a most curious question:

‘Little friends, what is one thing you think Abba will ask you someday when you are in heaven?’.

Through their answers, Willie Juan’s guidance, and a few giggles, the children learn that God cares about the details of their lives and that all good gifts- from hummingbirds to homemade sopapillas- come from Him.

This book will help kids discover how deep and wide and endless is the love of God. A love so BIG that no matter what, they will always be smack dab in the middle of it.”

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  1. by Kelly

    On September 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    4 months

  2. by Nick Shell

    On September 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Kelly, I need your mailing address please:

  3. by Mike Johnson

    On September 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Well said. Ask any evolutionist what he values most in life, he will probably include love, family, friendship, purpose—concepts that are empirically invisible to science, but self-evident to everyone.

  4. by Amber Coughran

    On September 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    19 weeks!

  5. by Nick Shell

    On September 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    You got it, Amber!

  6. by Gilda Gerstein

    On September 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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  7. by Jim

    On September 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    The absolute truth is something that none of us knows, but trying to figure out the truth must hold to known facts and logic. Fact one is that every living creature has evolved. Fact two is that humans are distinctly different than any other living creature with respect to our intelligence and our ability to love. Denying the existence of evolution is in conflict with fact one. Now, it is possible that fact two exists because of evolution, and that may be God’s plan. However, it is also very possible that within the context of evolution God installed (i.e. intelligently designed) in mankind a SOUL. Unfortunately so many people can only view evolution and intelligent design as opposing views. I suspect that over time people’s intelligence and understanding of this will evolve. Science came from God!

  8. by Grant

    On September 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    There’s something very basic that Nick doesn’t understand. The sciences are useful because there are inherent limits to what it can attempt to explain, limits put in place by the early investigators. Science deals ONLY with those things that can be functionally defined or quantified. Other abstractions, like love, fall outside of that set according to most people. This means science neither denies or confirms or even attempts to test these concepts. However, many people also believe there are biological bases, or at least correlates, of love.

    If you are not such a person, as it sounds like you are, then I present to you a challenge to test your view. Go ahead and start taking dopamine and oxytocin inhibitors, and try staying on them for about half a year. If the experiments done in clinical settings are right, your love for your wife and even your child will fall dramatically, and I doubt that will positively affect your life. Of course, if, as you say, love comes from God, then nothing so mere as a few pharmacological tablets could possibly interfere with your love. As an end note, I will also add that love and affection are thought by many researchers to play an important role in evolutionary processes, and I will also say that your note about other animals not requiring emotions is way off the mark. Even the notion that humans are much more complicated than other animals is an idea greatly in doubt.

    Another thing to consider, if you believe evolution is complete bunk, is that you could save dramatic amounts of money on healthcare by using remedies and medicines from 500 years ago. These remedies are very cheap to make, and if evolution is false, then the diseases of today are the same as they were in the past, so the medicine ought to work just as well as the most expensive prescriptions you can get today. For that matter, give your child all the antibiotics that you can get your hands on, because this couldn’t possibly backfire.

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