How has evolution's implications affected the world's concept of ‘the Watchmaker’?

Evolution’s implications directly assault the previously widely accepted theory, and the innate nature of humans, that the very design of creation, including ourselves, is the proof of existence of the Creator. This was best encapsulated in analogies such as the watchmaker analogy, which concluded that a design implies a designer, especially intelligent design by an intelligent designer, i.e. a creator deity.

Dawkins expressed it best, stating: 

“... the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way. A true watchmaker has foresight: he designs his cogs springs, and plans their interconnections, with a future purpose in his mind's eye. Natural selection, the blind, unconscious, automatic process which Darwin discovered, and which we now know is the explanation for the existence and apparently purposeful form of all life, has no purpose in mind. It has no mind and no mind's eye. It does not plan for the future. It has no vision, no foresight, no sight at all. If it can be said to play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the blind watchmaker.”(1) This sums up the evolutionary vision of life. 

And with regard to humans,  Dawkins, an evolutionist and militant atheist, stated:

 “We are survival machines—robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes. This is a truth which still fills me with astonishment.”


  1. Dawkins, R. (1987). The Blind Watchmaker: Why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without design. NY: W.W. Norton & Company. P. 5
  2.  Dawkins, R. (1976, 2006). The Selfish Gene. Preface, xxi.