In 2014, Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics at Ball State University, promoted the idea to his students that the complex and intricate balance in nature reflects an intelligent design as opposed to a random series of accidental events. The president of the university ruled that such teaching wasn’t a scientific discipline and had no place in academia, an opinion widely shared in the academic community. Hedin once taught a course entitled “The Boundaries of Science,” which was later canceled.
Regardless of academic positions on the subject, reflections on creation, purpose and intelligence beyond our own are important to all of us. We must ask the questions, “Are we alone?” “Is there anyone else out there?” “Is the human race simply the result of eons of random chance on this third planet from the sun?” “Have millions of years of random chance and survival of the fittest resulted in, well, ‘us?’” Or are we created in the divine image of the Creator?