The theory that there is design and purpose to the universe garners highly charged and emotional responses. Something that is more indicative of ideological rejection rather than a scientific one. The controversy is heating up as recent scientific discoveries are making a greater case for design and purpose, not dispelling it.
The discovery of the genetic information software that builds and maintains living organisms is straining evolutionary science. Many evolutionary scientists are now saying Darwin was wrong about mutation and selection creativity. Mutations and selection does not have the power to create the diversity we see around us. An even more troubling discovery for materialism, is the extreme fine tuning of the universe. A fine tuning that seems to be designed for intelligent life. Below is the man credited with creating the first synthetic life.