A recent article caught my eye, it was titled, “Scientists Say Textbooks Are Wrong About the Origin of Life.” Modern scientists are seldom known to say they are wrong. But textbooks teach us what the scientists say, so if the textbooks are wrong it is because the scientists must have been wrong.
It turns out that 685 to 8oo million years ago (I question these timelines) there was an event known as the Precambrian Avalon Explosion. It was believed that the earth’s oceans were massively oxygenated, according to scientists, which caused the proliferation of complex multicellular organisms.
Now an international team scientists are saying in a recently published report that ancient rock samples indicate that this widely accepted theory about earth’s early oceans probably isn’t true. An associate professor of geosciences and natural resource management at the University of Copenhagen and a co-author of the study published in the journal GeoBiology, Christian Bjerrum, said, “The fact that we now know, with a high degree of certainty, that oxygen didn’t control the development of life on Earth provides us with an entirely new story about how life arose and what factors controlled this success.”
Bjerrum went on to say, “It means that we need to rethink a lot of the things that we believed to be true from our childhood learning. And textbooks need to be revised and rewritten.”
This supposed recent discovery about the makeup of earth’s early oceans really addresses the process that evolution played in life’s complexity and diversity, not life’s origin. The truth is the whole scientific community is not in possession of a single observable fact about the origin of life.
Scientists reject the idea of intelligent design favoring purely naturalistic views of life’s origin, but theories favoring abiogenesis just don’t add up.
He is dead now, but long time atheist Antony Flew changed his mind on the issue of intelligent design before he died. In 2004 Flew began to reveal his newfound allegiance to deism. In November of 2004 he published a book entitled There is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. The philosophical world was stunned. Many thought Flew had lost his mind in his old age. But in a December 2004 interview with Gary Habermas, Flew, in lucid terms, explained the reasoning behind his reversal. He told Habermas “the most impressive arguments for God’s existence are those that are supported by recent scientific discoveries.”
Flew went on to say, “My one and only piece of relevant evidence is the apparent impossibility of providing a naturalistic theory of the origin from DNA of the first reproducing species…the only reason which I have for beginning to think of believing in a First Cause god is the impossibility of providing a naturalistic account of the origin of the first reproducing organisms.” Habermas asked, “So of the major theistic arguments, such as the cosmological, teleological, moral, and ontological, the only real impressive ones that you take to be decisive are the scientific forms of teleology?” Flew answered him in the affirmative. Flew admitted “the argument to Intelligent Design is enormously stronger than when I first met it.” He affirmed “a deity or ‘super-intelligence’ is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity in nature.”
Claiming to be like Socrates, Flew said he took the evidence provided by science and was “following the argument wherever it leads.” He derogates fellow Brit Richard Dawkins, who in his book The God Delusion contends that God does not exist and faith in God is nothing more than a delusion. Flew said that Dawkins “has never been reported as referring to any promising work on the production of a theory on the development of living matter.”
When thinks about the six billion pieces of information in a single strand of human DNA and the complexity with which it is arranged so that if a piece of information is left out, or added in or out of place can cause a mutation, and that the information is replicated 30 trillion times in each cell of a human being it takes a great faith to believe it was all an accident as evolutionists would have us believe.