Could there be an intelligent designer who designs all and only those things, entities, etc. that don't design themselves?
I've often thought about just that subject, except I'm not certain I understand the last part of "that don't design themselves"
As I've said before, the Universe is an unimaginably vast place, and what is beyond that? (If it is an open system, because if it is a closed system,..well, I don't even want to think about it.) and if so, what's beyond that, and that, and that to infinity.
I mean, think about that word for one moment.
That concept, is a little scary to many folks, (myself included) and at the same time perhaps comforting.
If truly there is no end, and no beginning, and there is an intelligent designer, then that makes us so insignificant in the unreachable scope of infinity as to not even register.
How could a mere human even begin to postulate and as such claim to know of such things even *if* there IS an "intelligent designer".
It would be so far beyond us to even conceive.
So, what we are left with, is our primitive little brains, and the tools of observation from our senses.
To me, the concept of current faith based explanations are too limited in scope. To cut-and-dried, too matter-of-fact, too convenient, and often contrary to what can be observed and measured.
No, rather if there is a god, or a supreme being, or grand purpose for it all, it is something so astoundingly beyond anything the human mind can conceive (or had evolved to conceive) that any attempt to convey it would be beyond the language and mental function of our species. (at this juncture.)
In other words, against whatever supreme truth there is (or isn't) the mere concept of "God" itself even if "God" *was* God, ......would pale in cognitive miniscule-ness.
Such a truth would go well beyond the trivial concepts of human morality, good vs evil, pious vs heretic, dogma vs secularism. When placed against the concept of the infinite, these human constructs only exist to serve our insignificant (and highly limited) perceptions of the world around us.
I liken it to the futile attempt to describe a 4 dimensional world. We can make analogies until the cows come home, but physically, we lack the cognitive apparatus to envision such a concept. It is beyond us.
We are left with using our 5 senses to distill the world as best as we can.
So yes, there very well could be an intelligent designer.
However if there is, it would be of at *least* the order of designing a system where evolution could take place under the conditions necessarily to create life, such as in auto replication, and with "bettering" the system in mind. (at least that's the way I would do it)
Hey, If I'm god, I am a pretty busy fellow.
With regards to the question of humankind solving the ultimate mysteries of the grand scope of things in the eternal, infinite scheme of existence,
We yet have not a freaking clue, and that means that NOBODY on the planet does.
If all is natural according to physical laws, how did they get that way? and Why? to what end?
If someone does know the answer, I want to hear it, see it, smell it, taste it, play with it, and make it shorten the lines at the DMV.You say you're God? Fine. prove it.
Zap a lightning bolt right here, right now, and then make me a sammich.
Stewie Griffin: "Hmm yes. Omnipotence!! Gotta get me some of that!"
I've always mused that If I were a deity, I'd have to be a sick monkey to create some beings, place them on an "earth" and tell them nothing of their true nature, why there are there, and what I'm doing with them. Instead, I'll just mess with their heads, make 'em suffer, watch them squirm in their futile attempts to figure it all out. That's not exactly my idea of a all powerful loving entity. But that is but one of the myriad of issues with the concept as a whole. ( I could argue all day on why humans have a higher capacity for good than any deities described in scriptures.)
One thing I think I know is, regarding the macrocosm, no one is yet smart enough to answer the question of existence, and *especially* no one could answer this question thousands of years ago.
I firmly feel that our best chance as a species of answering these ultimate questions lies ahead of us, not behind us. But for now, by using logic, and scientific method, we have at least been able to unravel but the tiniest portions of our condition. That is at least something.