Is God “Cosmic Saddam Hussein”?
Professor Antony Flew, a lifelong campaigner for atheism, has decided that DNA is so complicated that there must be intelligence behind it. He said: “I’m thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins.”
Professor Flew has missed the development of the “Pattern of Stupidity Theory”. Formulated to account for the fact that Donald Rumsfeld appears to be human, it also explains why complicated things with a lack of intelligence look clever. (I realise Rumsfeld fits the theory in both forms).
On the latter level, the theory is basically the old monkey/typewriter situation. Try it yourself: randomly press four keys on the keyboard without looking: eventually you will come up with a real word. Will you explain this to yourself by saying “my fingers thought what to type?”. No, because you know that your fingers do not have the facility to think, and nor will you say “It was God wot done it”.