After showing that the universe is designed for just us in mind, to continue in the same vein and show that everything living on the Earth is also designed would seem like an afterthought. But Lennox thinks it needs to be discussed because not to do so would be admitting defeat in the eyes of the influential thinkers who disagree with him. Biology, it would seem, is a special case. Special because, well, it’s us, you know. And while Christianity has just a couple of lines about the creation of the universe, it’s quite a bit to say about the creation of us. All of it is wrong, unprovable, or obviously borrowed from other religions, but that doesn’t matter because it’s metaphorical. Except when it’s literal. I digress.
Lennox asks “Why are scientists not prepared to draw the obvious inference, and say that living things look as if they are designed precisely because they are designed?” (79) Lennox is big on inferences; he’s going to base a lot of his argument for why design shouldn’t be discounted on abduction. But to answer his question, abduction is a good way to start brainstorming solutions, but a bad way to claim the solution has been found. If we based explanations of the natural world on abduction then most of what we know would be wrong, and Lennox wouldn’t even have an Evolution to argue with.