The search by NASA for a scientific answer to the origin of life (exclusive to a creator God, of course) has moved back into its normal domain — outer space. The theory of panspermia seems to have received a significant boost in its credibility from new information found in an article on National Geographic’s website.
The article reports that meteorite fragments found in the desert of Sudan contain amino acids formed in material that had been naturally heated to 2,000 degrees Farenheit (1,100 degrees Celsius). That material somehow found itself embedded in an asteroid that crashed into Earth in October 2008.
NASA astrobiologist Daniel Glavin said, “Previously, we thought the simplest way to make amino acids in an asteroid was at cooler temperatures in the presence of liquid water. This meteorite suggests there’s another way involving reactions in gases as a very hot asteroid cools down. The discovery also provides additional support for the theory that life’s ingredients were delivered to the Earth by asteroids.”
Dr. Jack Szostak thinks the problem is practically solved from that point…once the magic brew of ingredients is here on Earth, the rest is just…chemistry. Exogenesis leads to abiogenesis, like the knee bone connects to the shin.
Is it as simple as adding just the right protein in the right spot to magically cause life to occur, like reported results of different experiments by Drs. Craig Venter with synthetic cells and Jack Szostak with telomerase seem to imply?
No, Dr. Jack, it isn’t “just” chemistry.
The crux of the problem with evolution theory, cosmology or any other scientific discipline in fields related to the study of the origin of life is their incompleteness. It’s taking a piecemeal approach to a problem that demands a holistic solution.
Now, to become a biologist one presumably must become well versed in the theory and application of natural selection. But to remain a credible biologist, one must be willing to extrapolate that information so that DNA somehow obtains mystical properties that allow for unimaginable abilities for organisms to shape-shift.
These unidentified and mystical properties allow genes to re-manipulate an organism’s fundamental structure in order to form wildly disparate organisms as diverse as as a fern, a mosquito and a human being. The magic ingredient is temporal in nature, making it impossible for any man (or woman) to defeat because no one can outlive time.
When one does perform at minimum a cursory investigation into each of the four disciplines, it becomes inevitable that something is still missing. The LHC at CERN is looking for it: the Higgs boson, or “God” particle.
My friends who advocate evolution theory as the answer to modern life are perfectly satisfied that we can accept God is a fiction because science has provided enough fact to prove the biblical account of creation isn’t true. They point to some verse here or there that they proclaim is demonstrably untrue or contradicted by other passages in the Bible.
The problem is that they are only willing to pursue a fraction of an argument. It’s always “my point is proved and the Bible has been disproved, so the rest of it is unimportant details.”
Anyone who’s scientific-minded and the least bit honest will (grudgingly) admit that we don’t know anything more about the nature of the universe than we do about the nature of God.
What is dark matter? How does an atom hold together – is there really a Higgs boson?
We don’t deny the existence universe only because we literally can’t — sensual evidence is overwhelming.
By contrast, our creator God is ethereal, conceptually unattainable when constrained by human limitations like physical senses. Unfortunately, there are some self-proclaimed intellectuals who see no need to seek spiritual evidence for our creator. They are content to narrow their scope of investigation to their own narrow, limited field of expertise. Without searching for a glimpse of a bigger picture, they become obsessed by minute detail. They are people who can’t see the forest for the trees.
Evolutionists may claim they don’t have to worry about whether or not abiogenesis works. Chemistry buffs like Szostak who study the problem of the origin of life may not concern themselves with the cosmological problems found in the anthropological fine tuning of the universe. They may be content to rely on the assertions of quantum theorists like Lawrence Krauss, who claims matter materialized from literally nowhere for the Big Bang, almost like it was beamed by transporter, off the deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Speaking of which…go ahead and beam me up, Scotty. There are no signs of intelligent life here.
(Due to technical difficulties, my last article titled “The War on Christmas trees” was eaten by the publishing tool. If it doesn’t appear by Christmas Eve, it will be reposted at my website, found at www.southernprose.com)