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Creation 31(4):56, September 2009

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A vase of flowers—by special arrangement!


iStockphoto A vase of flowers: the vase clearly shows design; surely the flowers do much more so
Everyone recognizes design in a glass vase, but many refuse to believe that the flowers in the vase must also have been designed.

Looking at a vase of flowers, no one would suggest that the glass vase just made itself by natural processes. No one would think that a lightning strike on a pile of sand created the vase. No, the vase clearly shows that a skilled glassblower, using his intelligence, designed it. It would be perverse to think otherwise.1

However, we are repeatedly informed in school, at university and on nature documentaries, that the flowers in the vase did make themselves—over eons of time, by means of evolution, i.e., mutations plus natural selection. Natural processes created the flowers; no creative intelligence was needed to design the flowers, we are told.

Now the plants that grow flowers are incredibly complex—far more complex than any vase. The complexity of a plant cell far exceeds any machine mankind has ever made or is ever likely to make. The photosynthesis system alone is astoundingly complex and is still being discovered in its detail. Even the most talented chemists have yet to match the ingenious machinery in the humble plant.2

So how logical is it to believe that the vase must have been created but not the flowers? Actually, it is not that the flowers don’t reveal design, because if they could be explained like the vase as coming from a human creator, that would be acceptable. The problem is that they show too much design—design that has to come from a super-intelligent designer, that is, a supernatural Creator. And that is just not allowed.

This vase of flowers illustrates just how blinkered and illogical modern evolutionary thinking is.

Posted on homepage: 20 December 2010


  1. Of course a machine could have made the vase, but an intelligent engineer had to design the machine; it did not make itself. Return to text.
  2. Sarfati, J., Green Power: God’s solar power plants amaze chemists, Journal of Creation 19(1):14–15, 2005; <creation.com/greenpower>. Return to text.