A Not-So-Finely-Tuned Argument

Our world is a beautiful place, naturally speaking. Anybody who has walked the Serengeti or has wrapped their arms around a Redwood tree or has looked at a snowy mountain from afar or has gone scuba diving in an ocean knows this. The world is an incredible place teeming with "endless forms most beautiful and wonderful". The natural world can be so breathtaking in fact, that a single person, in awe of their own smallness in the midst of such grandeur, can feel that this beauty must be by design. Such a feeling is perfectly normal. How can one look at the Great Barrier Reef, or the multicolored-squiggles on the body of a Mandarin fish, or the speed of a hummingbird's wings, or the spots on a giraffe, or the spellbinding glow of lava pouring from a volcano, and not conclude that the world isn't one big lovely painting? And doesn't a painting require a painter? But there is a problem with viewing the world strictly through the lens of its beauty...

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