I know I just wrote a post about Britney Spears, but my real intent in logging in tonight was to make a brief comment about Origin of Life issues. So, just forget I wrote the last post and read this one instead, OK? Great! 🙂
I just wanted to mention that if any Christian out there would like to bolster his faith that there truly must be a God, just spend some time wandering around the internet reading about different so-called “scientific” theories about the origins of life. You will come away warmly reminded that it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to believe in God (to borrow the idea behind the Geisler and Turek book).
I just took a dip, myself, in the world of abiotic origins of life theories (that is, theories about life arising from non-living materials) by skipping here and there around the Internet, reminding myself of some of the details of these flights of the imagination. The result for me was an increased faith in the God of Creation, if–for any reason–because the tour reminded me that the “theory” that an intelligent Being created life on earth is still the best explanation going and the one that is best supported by the facts at hand. It’s certainly not less reasonable or acceptable as a possible truth when compared to the abiotic fantasies out there, and after consideration I believe that a mind freed of deceit would find it readily more reasonable and acceptable than the fantasies.
The theories aren’t new to me, and for years I have read about such hypotheses — even believed them. As a child I read about the “prebiotic soup” that the early earth just “must” have been. As a pre-teen, I sat enthralled watching Cosmos on PBS as my childhood hero Carl Sagan (a.k.a. St. Carl) described and reenacted the Miller-Urey experiment (which, I now see, proved so much less than has been claimed). As an older teen, I read about the wonders of self-replicating clay crystals and their potential role in the process of “creating” the first self-replicating organic material (and, at the time, thought it fit in well with Adam being from the “dust of the ground,” except for the glaring fact that in reality it doesn’t fit in well at all). I have read much of the promise of an “RNA world” (including the discussion in the wonderful book Rare Earth, by fans of the idea Peter Ward and Don Brownlee), in which the earth is so coated with RNA that the “creation” of DNA and functioning cells is seemingly inevitable.
False though these ideas may be, they still fascinate me and I continue to read about them whenever an opportunity presents itself (such as the recent magazine article I read on the ongoing “Chicken vs Egg” debates over which came first, DNA or RNA).
And while I would like to write more extensively on the topic at another time, let me say here that those who hold onto these “life from non-life” ideas do so completely on faith… Faith that there must be an explanation for life’s origin that does not include any sort of “God.” Faith that the mind-numbing improbabilities connected with such scenarios will magically disappear one day. Faith that needs no evidence — only the personal conviction that “it must be so” and the hope that, one day, something that at least looks like evidence may one day arrive.
That is, they hold on out of the sort of faith for which they often ridicule others, yet with one important exception: it takes a lot more faith for one to believe in such tales than God would ask of the same person.
Shame on those who taught me in my youngest days that we all came out of some “prebiotic soup” as if it were fact, when in actuality there were no facts to be seen. And bravo to those scientists and theoreticians who are willing to say otherwise. I may disagree with the Hubert Yockey on many matters, but I respect him for his stance on the nonsense behind most of these theories. I may not agree with any given Darwinist on, well, Darwinism, but show me one who accepts the fact that belief in life arising from non-life is a statement of faith and religion and not of science, and at least I can respect him.
So, really, if you want to increase your faith in God as the Designer and the Creator of Life, spend some time reading about the current state of so-called “scientific” theories of the origin of life. It was a breath of fresh air for me! Here’s an easy place to start: Wikipedia on “abiogenesis” — consider starting there and letting your clicks take you where they may. 🙂
Meanwhile, until real (as opposed to imaginary) observations suggest otherwise, I’ll stick with what the facts continue to indicate: Life comes from Life. Information comes from an Informant. And the Bible isn’t kidding when it says, The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”