GLOBALLY many scientists are feeling increasingly uneasy about the theory of evolution.

It is therefore good to know that our government has now accepted that the theory of intelligent design is a suitable subject for discussion in schools.

This is due to recent discoveries in molecular biology and the existence in nature of systems of irreducible complexity in which every part must be assembled at the same time. The following is an illustration of this in the reproductive system of the bucket orchid.

The flower is shaped like a bucket which contains a sugary liquid that attracts bees. When a bee arrives it lands near the slimey lip of the bucket and falls in. Its only way of escape is through a tunnel and a step is conveniently provided leading up to the tunnel entrance. As the bee crawls through the tunnel, its walls contract, gripping the bee. The plant's intricate mechanism quickly glues two pollen sacks to the bee's back.

Then, after allowing time for the glue to dry, it releases it. The bee then flies to another bucket orchid, where the process is repeated, except that this time when the bee tries to leave the tunnel, hooks in the roof remove the pollen sacks and so the fertilisation process is complete.

It's obvious that for such a complex system to come together accidentally, or even intentionally, over a long period is impossible.

The bee must be fully formed and the orchid flowering.

As well as this, the highly sophisticated chemistry of the nectar and pollen soon deteriorates, so the whole process demands precision timing.

Illogically there are some who accept this kind of evidence for intelligent design and yet reject the existence of a designer.

Very logically the Bible says: 'The invisible attributes of God are clearly seen, by what He has made.' [Romans 1:20]