Evolution and Creation

Chance or Intelligent Design?

There are only two possibilities. Either the universe and life happened by chance or both were designed. 

Unfortunately the two options are likely to be presented as if it were a choice between Science (chance universes with random adaptation and survival of the fittest) or Religion (an intelligent agent outside of the Universe).

Both of these options are, of course, based on philosophies, and therefore neither science or religion.

Science, as originally envisaged by the great early scientists, such as Christopher Wren, Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle is the search for truth. As Christians they believed in an orderly minded God who had created an orderly and understandable universe. Science today has been restricted to just two things, energy and matter. So if truth is outside of those two then that very restricted view of what science is will not allow the truth to be found.

But even in those two areas, matter and energy evidence that chance alone could be responsible for the universe and life is seen to be so small as to be most unlikely.

And the latest research in the fields of microbiology and cosmology is leaving more and more scientists to question the validity of chance. It is the science writers, radio and TV presenters who tend to still promote chance and scorn religious implications of Intelligent Design not so much the scientists themselves.

For example, lets look first at cosmology, the overall study of the universe(s)

So everything came from nothing; exactly as the Bible says, although it seems to have taken billions of years, not one day. Often it is our interpretation of the Bible that causes problems, not what the Bible actually says.

One of the incredible things though is the finely tuned balance of the basic laws of Physics.

Just looking at four of the 35 basic laws of physics gives a very strong inference of design. If the strong nuclear force had a slightly different value the atom nucleus wouldn't hold together. A slightly different strength for the electro magnetic force and molecules such as water either couldn't form or would become a useless compact blob. If gravity were different planets, stars and galaxies wouldn't exist and if the weak nuclear force was different stars, such as our sun would not start burning or would flash out in a few moments.

It is this fine tuning not only of the strengths of such basic laws of physics that hints at design, not just because of what those law allow but also their relative values to each other. Those values give such a fine level of balance throughout the universe as to allow the existence of galaxies, solar systems, light that they are beyond pure chance of occurring from an explosion.

And there is the most interesting of all questions still unanswered. If there was a Big Bang what was it that went bang?

Evolution

Evolution has held sway for about 150 years. It is a very logical idea based on the personal observations of Charles Darwin on his around the world voyage from 1831 to 1836. As it offered the idea that life was a random chance event followed by random mutations it has been used to prove there was no need of God. Some have taken it even further and said that modern man has evolved into a new culture beyond religion.

However Evolution is now a theory in crises. The evidence is now pointing, ever more clearly, that the single cell is far more complex that was ever imagined. It is so complex in fact that a chance spontaneous assembly of amino acids into a reproductive living cell with DNA is known to be impossible. Even evolutionary philosophers such as Richard Dawkins acknowledge this by believing that life was seeded on earth by aliens, All such suggestions do is put the impossibility back onto another planet without answering the real question of how life started.

Probably the biggest issue facing all evolutionist is "How did the information stored in DNA get there?"

We all know information cannot come from a random source. And information stored in DNA is far more sophisticated than any computer known to man. Data and programming in the computer world came, we know, from human intelligence. But unlike our computers today that may have 200 or so megabytes of programming and general data a human cell has over 1,000 times as much at over 3 Terabytes. And there is no empty "disk" space, It is all solid nested data and an integrated multi-functional program.

A cell is literally nanotechnology at its best. You and I are made of these incredibly versatile pre-programmed cells. To say, as Dawkins does, that this is the old "found watch" argument is a total misunderstanding of the level and inter relational formatting of the information and programming stored in a cell, or a deliberate attempt to side step the issue. But we have articles to explain that. 

Cosmology

It was Carl Sagan who once said, "Who are we? We find we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy ..... "  That was in the nineteen seventies and eighties, we now understand far more. Carl Sagan's comments are, at best, totally out of step with reality. 

The earth is a very special planet in a very special place in the universe. It is just far enough from the sun for liquid water. Much closer and water would become vapour, a little further ways and it would become ice. Life without liquid water is impossible. We have a transparent atmosphere that allows sunlight in and earth has a hot liquid spinning iron core that creates a magnetic field protecting us from instant annihilation from the sun's potent other radiation. Our tectonic plates and oceans regulate CO2 helping to regulate earths temperature within a 50-60 degree band ideal for complex life. Once the type of atmosphere gases, spinning liquid core, plate tectonics, liquid water, type of sun, size of moon and many other essential ingredients for life are calculated the chance of another planet like earth is known to be virtually non existent. And then there's the really weird "chance" happenings. For example why is it that the only known planet in existence living observers on it located in exactly the right place in the Milky Way galaxy where the universe can be observed?

Physicists, cosmologists and astronomers now accept the Big Bang theory where the universe came from nothing. For many this is too close to the Bible account of creation for comfort. And it is the incredible knife edge balance of the fundamental laws of physics that made the late famous astronomer Fred Hoyle say the the universe looks like a put up job.

Our planet is so different planet from all else in the universe. The earth seems designed for life.

The Big Bang allowing far less time for evolution and the world seemingly designed for life, the latest findings in micro biology are revealing incredible design systems within the living cell

Along with many others I suggest that there absolute clear evidence for design in both the universe and all living things. And the designer has to be far more complex and greatly superior to the creation. In these following articles  we just want to point in the direction of the Great Designer. 

 

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SCIENCE FINDING GOD

From BNL