Skip to comments.Some of the Latest Evidences for God, And Against Evolution
Posted on 12/23/2004 7:16:40 AM PST by truthfinder9
A watch requires a watchmaker. On this basis it logically follows that life requires a Creator. Biochemists have discovered that many molecules inside the cell function as molecular-level machines. In fact, some display an eerie resemblance to man-made machines. This study provides another example. Researchers have provided new insight into the mechanistic operation of the enzyme, collagenase. They noted that this enzyme functions just like man-made nanodevices known as Brownian ratchets. The elegant design and stark resemblance to man-made motors indicate that these biomolecular machines, and all of lifes chemistry, must be the work of a divine "Motor Maker."
Saveez Saffarian et al., "Interstitial Collagenase Is a Brownian Ratchet Driven by Proteolysis of Collagen," Science 306 (2004): 108-11.
Experience teaches that intelligible messages-information-come from intelligent sources. The cells biochemical machinery (proteins, DNA, RNA, and oligosaccharides) is information-based, indicating that life stems from an Intelligent Designer. A new report affirms this conclusion. Researchers describe the use of a single gene, called cytochrome c oxidase I, as a DNA "barcode" that can identify closely related species of birds. This discovery highlights the fact that DNA truly is an information storage molecule. Such elegant, information-rich biochemical systems of the cell point to the source of lifes information¾the Creator described in the Bible.
Paul D. N. Herbert et al., "Identification of Birds through DNA Barcodes," PLOS Biology 2 Issue 10 (2004).
Geophysicists have developed a new proof for the old-earth creationist model and for the reliability of radiometric dating and a refutation of the young-earth creationist claim that radiometric decay rates have changed. They found a different ratio of xenon-137 compared to xenon-136 for zircon crystals ranging in age from 4.12 to 4.22 billion years than they did for crystals only 3.6 billion years in age. Both uranium-238 and plutonium-244 radiometrically decay to produce xenon-136 but at different rates resulting in distinctly different xenon-137/xenon-136 ratios. The teams measurements prove that plutonium-244 was present for the first half billion years of Earths history, that plutonium-244 had completely decayed away in the zircon cyrstals by the time Earth reached an age of 950 million years, and that the half life for the decay of plutonium-244 between 3.6 and 4.2 billion years ago must have been identical to what it is today, namely 82 billion years. Thus, the predictions of the old-earth creationist model have been vindicated while those for the young-earth creationist model have been refuted.
Greenville Turner et al., "Extinct 244Pu in Ancient Zircons," Science 306 (2004): 89-91.
Marine biologists have discovered another design benefit humans receive from hurricanes. Using remote sensing mapping, they showed that eastern U.S. seaboard hurricanes significantly increased chlorophyll concentrations across the continental shelf. Such semi-regular endowments of chlorophyll concentrations play an important role in sustaining both the biomass and biodiversity of life on the continental shelves, which in turn enhance the living standard and quality of life for humans. This study provides yet more evidence (see "Design Update: Hurricanes Bring More Than Destruction," by Hugh Ross, http://www.reasons.org/resources/faf/98q4faf/hurricanes.shtml) that God has so designed both the frequency and intensity of hurricanes to maximally benefit life and human civilization.
Amélie Davis and Xiao-Hai Yan, "Hurricane Forcing on Chlorophyll-a Concentration Off the Northeast Coast of the U.S.," Geophysical Research Letters 31 (2004): L17304, doi:10.1029/2004GL020668.
RTBs creation model for humanitys origin regards Neanderthals and other extinct hominids found in the fossil record as nonhuman primates that lacked spiritual capacity. This field report from the third triannual meeting on Neanderthals and modern humans held in Gibraltar, Spain, confirms this view. Paleoanthropologists all agree that Neanderthals were complex hominids that behaved in interesting ways. Still, their behavior was nonhuman. One talk from this scientific meeting illustrates the difference between Neanderthals and modern humans. Even though Neanderthals bodies were better adapted to cold than modern humans bodies, modern humans living in Europe during the last ice age occupied sites that were much colder than Neanderthal sites. This means that modern humans possessed a superior cognitive capacity that allowed them to better survive under harsh environmental conditions. Scientific evidence continues to indicate that modern humans were clearly distinct from Neanderthals, in line with RTBs explanation for the hominid fossil record.
Michael Balter, "Dressed for Success: Neandertal Culture Wins Respect," Science 306 (2004): 40-41.
"Neanderthal-to-Human Link Severed" http://www.reasons.org/resources/connections/2003v5n2/index.shtml#neanderthal_to_human_link_severed
Many biologists think that one of the most important evolutionary routes for biochemical innovation is through gene duplication. According to this model, a gene undergoes duplication to produce an extra copy that then experiences mutations that eventually yield a new protein with novel function. In most cases, this putative evolutionary pathway must alter several amino acids. In this report, researchers perform mathematical simulations to model this evolutionary process and demonstrate that it is nonviable for all practical purposes. Based on their modeling, for a new functional protein with 5 amino acid changes to emerge in 100 million generations, it would take a population size of 1025 (10 trillion trillion) individuals. As these researchers note, "These numbers seem prohibitive." In light of this work, gene duplication coupled to mutations cant explain the origin of new biochemical systems.
Michael J. Behe and David W. Snoke, "Simulating Evolution by Gene Duplication of Protein Features that Require Multiple Amino Acid Residues," Protein Science 13 (2004): 2651-64.
Given its mechanism (based on chance), evolution should not produce the same outcome repeatedly. Yet this study shows such repetition in nature. The authors of this research describe the repeated, independent origins of the enzyme, tRNA(m1G37) methyltransferase, in bacteria and archaea (which represent different domains of life). Remarkably, these enzymes catalyze the same reaction and display similar properties. The independent, multiple origins of this complex biochemical system, which makes a key modification to tRNA, challenge the veracity of evolution, but find ready explanation if a Creator repeatedly used the same good designs as He brought life into existence.
Thomas Christian et al., "Distinct Origins of tRNA(m1G37) Methyltransferase," Journal of Molecular Biology 339 (2004): 707-19.
Titus 1:2.............God can NOT lie!
Aliens made humans, everyone knows that. Who made the Aliens you may ask? Time traveling humans from the future.
Evolutionary theory does not forbid the existence of a watchmaker; it simply proposes a mechanism for the construction and use of His tools.
I have no argument with your statement. The questions are: Is the evolution mechanism valid? & Are some scientists infusing naturalistic philosophy into the theory rather than practicing empirical science?
A related topic.
I was watching a program on Quantum Theory the other night. Quantum Theory essentially says that matter at the subatomic level is a matter of probabilities, and that there can be exceptions to expected behavior.
They said as wild as it sounds, repeated scientific study has validated Quantum Theory.
Thus, to use an everyday example, we believe that a person cannot walk through a wall. But quantum theory says that at some point, whether it is one in a million or one in a billion, etc., if they keep on trying a person will be able to walk through a wall.
At which point I said, ahhh, so physics does believe in miracles, they just won't call it that.
YEC - read later
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