"In the evolutionary pattern of thought, there is neither need nor room for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves, mind and soul as well as brain and body. So did religion." - The Humanist Frame (1961) p. 18
More specifically, "If living organisms were created by God then what should we find?"
From the "Merriam-Webster" dictionary online:
Definition of CREATEtransitive verb
1 : to bring into existence <God created the heaven and the earth — Genesis 1:1(Authorized Version)>2 a : to invest with a new form, office, or rank <was created a lieutenant>
b : to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior <her arrival created a terrible fuss> <create new jobs>3 : cause, occasion <famine creates high food prices>4 a : to produce through imaginative skill <create a painting>
b : design <creates dresses>
The first definition here is "to bring into existence" as in "God created the heaven and the earth" but I also want to bring attention to another word, Design, because it is listed as a definition and has specific implications to aspects of the creative process.
Definition of DESIGNtransitive verb
1 : to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan: devise, contrive2 a : to conceive and plan out in the mind <he designed the perfect crime>
b : to have as a purpose : intend <she designed to excel in her studies>
c : to devise for a specific function or end <a book designed primarily as a college textbook>
3 archaic : to indicate with a distinctive mark, sign, or name
4 a : to make a drawing, pattern, or sketch of
b : to draw the plans for <design a building>
1 : to conceive or execute a plan
2 : to draw, lay out, or prepare a design
Now, it is the definition of "design" that gives a particular scope to answering the question, "Were living organisms created?" because of the close similarity of things which we Know are designed (such as motors, electronic information transmittion and storage systems, digital cameras and video recording equipment, and so forth) to biological organs and organelles. So, if we know that motors, computers and video equiment were designed (because we can trace those designs back to their designers) then it would be only rational to believe that flagellar motors, brains and eyes were also likewise designed. This is pure common sense.
But, there's more. When we look closer at the molecular structure of a living cell we find that there is something about the operational function within the components which presents several conundrums, Catch22s, which would lead one to believe that they must have been designed by a supernatural designer. For example; a ribosome is composed of ribosomal RNA(rRNA) strands which are wound up and held in place by ribosomal binding proteins which keep these rRNA strands from coming unraveled. Now, we know that ribosomes manufacture proteins but proteins are what hold ribosomes together so they can do so. Here's the problem with a purely naturalistic attempt such as the RNA World Hypothesis to explain this conundrum. In order to support the RNA World Hypothesis you need a functional ribosome which is NOT composed of these structural proteins and is capable of producing these structural proteins AND it should be shown both how these structural proteins became incorporated into the ribosomal structures and how their codon instructions were encoded into DNA.
Now, another more puzzling question arises.
If these ribosomal structural proteins were not necessary for protein synthesis in the first place then why are they now present in every single living organism we have studied?
Such a Catch22 as the Ribosomal Structural Proteins is exactly the kind of thing that one would expect to find if biological organisms were created by God and this is exactly what we find.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forget their use. Galileo Galilei_________________________________________________
Origin of Life Questions and Answers
- 15 loopholes in the evolutionary theory of the origin of life: summary
- The origin of life: A critique of current scientific models
- Why the Miller–Urey research argues against abiogenesis
- Evolutionist criticisms of the RNA World conjecture
What are some basic problems with the naturalistic origin of life?
- Tinned sardines: clue to the origin of life?
- Fish in the bathtub
- Life from life … or not?
- Quote: Primeval soup—failed paradigm
- Life’s irreducible structure—Part 1: autopoiesis
How do the laws of statistics and probability describe the evolutionary claim that life came about by chance?
- Could monkeys type the 23rd Psalm?
- Monkey madness
- Huff and Bluff: Can ‘quantum magic’ save chemical evolution?
- How simple can life be?
- Answering another uninformed atheist: Galileo, Miller–Urey, probability
What are some scientific problems with the idea that life arose due to ‘chemical evolution’?
- Origin of Life: The chirality problem
- Origin of life and the chirality problem: Is magnetochiral dichroism the solution?
- Origin of life: The polymerization problem
- Origin of life: Instability of building blocks
- Self-replicating enzymes
- Hydrothermal origin of life?
- World record enzymes
- Does ribozyme research prove Darwinian evolution?
- Is RNA self-replication evidence for evolution?
- Natural selection cannot explain the origin of life
- ‘Acellular’ first life?
Have scientists been able to create living cells from non-living matter in a lab, as the media claim?
- Did Craig Venter really create life in a test tube?
- Creating life from scratch?
- Creating life in a test tube?
Could DNA and the genetic code evolve by chance?
- DNA: marvelous messages or mostly mess?
- Dazzling design in miniature
- Decoding and editing design: double sieve enzymes
- Man’s achievements vs amazing ‘living computer’ technology
- New DNA repair enzyme discovered
What is ‘irreducible complexity’ and how does it pose a problem for evolution? What are some examples of irreducible complexity?
- Chapter 10: Irreducible complexity (from Refuting Evolution 2)
- Irreducible complexity: some candid admissions by evolutionists (PDF)
- Design in living organisms: motors
- Did cells acquire organelles such as mitochondria by gobbling up other cells?
- World record enzymes
Did life originate in outer space?
- Life on Mars? Separating fact from fiction
- Did life come from outer space?
- Moon microbes? Remember the ‘Life from Mars’
- Sugars from space? Do they prove evolution?
- Nucleic acid bases in Murchison meteorite?
- Panspermia theory burned to a crisp: bacteria couldn’t survive on meteorite
- Extrasolar planets with organic materials
- Designed by aliens? Discoverers of DNA’s structure attack Christianity