The more I study the functions and order of the Universe, earth and life therein, the more I believe it illogical to cast aside the possibility of conscious design.
That is how you interpret it. I don't. I have studied human anatomy pretty extensively. If some "intelligent" being were behind the creation of the human body then in my opinion that "designer" was a horrible craftsman. The human body is riddled with very simple flaws that can out right terminate it's own life because of the poor design. It doesn't stop there, I can see other aspects of our known universe to have wildly destructive consequences for what seems to be no purpose. So from my perspective if the universe has some "intelligent" design behind it, than in my opinion that intelligence is not very intelligent.
rather than it merely popping into existence with no reasonable cause, sounds as scientifically enforced as the "god works in mysterious ways" christiantypes.
The further we go into quantum physics the more we come to the conclusion that yes "virtual particles" pop into existence and then immediately destroy themselves and what remains is what we consider to be the known matter. You know how this idea was discovered. Trying to explain why mayonnaise was not runny like it should be. Of course you have to have a firm understanding of quantum physics and electrodynamics has shown time and time again that reality is more bizarre than we thought.
But I am probably just wasting my time because I get the impression that you want a solution that is really no solution at all. You want a god to be real so you stop at that and don't question or go any further. But what you have tried to supply as proof, to me is absolutely lacking let alone proof.
You make jest at the idea of anything operating outside of time, which I accept is your view but I am not sure I understand your stance.
I was using that as an example of an argument that I have heard from theists. They try to say that god operates outside of time and is therefore not restricted to time. But that makes absolutely no sense to me. You can't "do" anything outside of time. Time itself is what allows things to "do" to begin with. Without time nothing can happen.
Is it impossible for anything to occur if not bound by the law of time?
Nothing can happen without time. Can something exist without time, sure probably, but it can't "do" anything or "change", but why? Because change itself is the definition of time. When something changes from one state to another it is due to time. Something was "A" then it became "B" that requires time.
The universe did not exist = "A"
The universe exists = "B"
For "A" to become "B" time is necessary. It is impossible for "A" to become "B" without time being present. Those who claim that it can happen, are butchering the definition of time. Therefore a god can not do or create anything if it existed in a dimension that does not have time. But that doesn't ever stop a theist from trying to assert that it can.