God Talk 5

God is not only the creator of the universe, with its billions upon billions of massive stars, he is also the creator of the small and the infinitely small. Earth teems with life of all kinds, land creatures, sea creatures, and birds of many species.  It is also well to consider the multitude of microscopic and sub-microscopic creatures that can be found in almost every square centimeter of land and sea.

Many scientists reject the concept of a creator-God.

How then did this life come to be?  Scientists in this field tend to attribute it to a combination of matter, energy, and eons of time.  As for the mechanism, the brilliant 19th century scientist Charles Darwin supplied their answer with his theory of natural selection.  Darwin constructed logically consistent and intellectually persuasive hypotheses as to how the great variety of life forms evolved from some simple unicellular organism.  The process, as he described it, was a natural one, and no divine agency was involved.  With some modifications, the neo-Darwinians of this day continue to espouse his concepts, and woe be it to any biologist who dares to challenge scientific orthodoxy.   

Nevertheless, the Darwinian theory that has dominated academia for more than a century is becoming less and less tenable. 

In response to the gradual undermining of Darwinism, some eminent scientists are searching for new answers.  As men of science, they reject the idea of creationism or intelligent design.  That is a clearly unscientific idea since it brings an arbitrary supernatural force into the evolutionary process.  They regard it as a scientific cop-out. On the other hand, they realize that neo-Darwinian theory ignores much contemporary molecular evidence and invokes unsupported and unrealistic assumptions about the accidental nature of hereditary variations. They also point out that neo-Darwinians elevated the idea of natural selection into an almost God-like creative life force that solves all difficult evolutionary problems; but random mutations and natural selection do not provide a credible answer to the question of how life evolved on the macro level.

As a replacement for neo-Darwinian theory, some prominent theorists and experimenters are looking for what they refer to as “The Third Way of Evolution”.  They are examining rapid evolutionary processes such as symbiogenesis, horizontal DNA transfer, action of mobile DNA, and epigenetic transfer.  The search for alternative explanations of the evolutionary process goes on, but thus far there has not been the sort of breakthrough that would lead to an entirely new evolutionary paradigm.

But the greatest mystery of all is the concept of an original unicellular organism from which Darwin believed the tree of life had begun.  Where did that cell come from?  As microbiologist Michael Denton once wrote, “Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machinery built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world.” The British astronomer Fred Hoyle compared “the chance of obtaining even a single functioning protein by chance combination of amino acids to a star system full of blind men solving Rubik’s Cube simultaneously.”  And a functioning protein is only part of a living cell.  How did that original cell come to be?

Furthermore, from whence came the remarkable code that fills the living cells in a multicellular organism?  This code, the genome, is an organism’s complete set of genetic instructions, and each genome contains all the information needed to build that organism and allow it to grow and develop. In humans, a copy of the entire genome, more than 3 billion DNA base pairs, is contained in every cell that has a nucleus.  Our bodies contain billions upon billions of cells, each containing the incredibly complex code that determines the shape of our nose, the color of our eyes, etc, etc.   It’s like a recipe book for the body.

Who developed the recipe?? 

Who wrote the code?

One writer in the field of biological evolution theory has offered a multi-million dollar prize to anyone who can produce an intelligible information code (like the DNA sequence within a living cell) without input from an outside intelligent source.  (God?)

There have been no takers.

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