Friday, August 8, 2008

Biologic Anthropic Principle

In the previous entry I talked about the theories and discovery of the atom. Though the atom seems commonplace knowledge today, it was only proven to exist in 1909. Stormy disagreements among prominent scientists occured before the atom was accepted.

Disagreements abound today about evolution of life. Some say it is fact, some say it never happened. One of the arguments is that evolution can partially happen in a natural way without supernatural intervention, but some aspects are not possible by nature alone.

Recently discovered scientific facts are contrary to previously held beliefs. The biology of the cell does not always support the theory of evolution by natural means. Other facts point to organisms' ability to chage by DNA mutation and natural selection. Will a definitive answer be found in the future?

Biological evolution can't be separated from the theological implications lurking behind the theories, try as some might to do so. If evolution can't be explained by natural laws, then supernatural ones should be considered. The problem is that some people are not accepting even the possibility of a supernatural cause even though it may very well turn out to be true.

Not only is the implication of creation showing up in biology, but cosmology as well. The Anthropic Principle notes that the universe is fine-tuned for life. Many physical phenomena had to be balanced in amazing proportions to form atoms, planets and all else the universe now offers.

It is not a far stretch to proclaim a Biologic Anthropic Principle. The physical and chemical qualities that make up life are beyond totally naturalistic, materialist explanation. Even if some biological self-organizing physical law were found, as some artificial life computer programmers think is needed, that law would have to be analyzed under the anthropic umbrella.

Some prominent scientists who are Christians seem to think it is OK for God to create the universe in a pre-packaged plan, but must not be allowed to touch His own creation after the Big Bang. There is still very much to be learned about science and we must remember it took 2500 years to prove the atom. However, I would like to remind these scientists that God came in the flesh about 2000 years ago, and touched his creation in a profound way. He also performed miracles that defied our presently known scientific laws.

I quote the beginning of chapter 38 of Job, from Gospelcom, NIV. We may all do well to read from this chapter to the end of the book (and eventually the whole book):

The LORD Speaks
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:
2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?
3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.
4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-
7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'?

My hope is that all of us may quest for knowledge in a humble way and respect each others' opinions. I ask this of everyone, but especially of Christians.

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