I’m naturally a science and math guy with a pension for the creative.. I guess I just got lucky. Of course we all hear that the two things you don’t discuss are politics and religion, but honestly that just flys all over me. There’s definitely a side of me that likes to push against the grain. So here I am sharing something I learned tonight that should make all of us think a little bit more about God and the creation vs. evolution argument.
As I sat in church tonight for the first Wednesday in a few weeks (Cut me some slack. We’ve just moved into a new house.), I settled in for what I expected to be yet another tedious sermon. Don’t get me wrong. Our church is solid and the speakers are good, but I’ve been attending Christian school since 2nd grade all the way through college. Not one of those washed up has been Christian schools and colleges. I was fortunate enough to attend some very solid foundational schools. Some of you may be asking, “what do you mean solid?” Well, so many of the schools today claim to be Christian, but seriously, can you call it Christian if you only get bible exposure a couple of semesters or attend an assembly service occasionally? Anyway, let’s get back to my point of this post.
I sat down tonight prepared to hear something along the lines of what I normally have experienced for the last 30 years. Jeff Duggin, the facilitator for the night, did the intro then kicked off a video. I honestly don’t recall the guys name that was on the video. He spoke mostly about philosophy and how since the late 1800s the definition for philosphy has been changed as has the definitions of morality and ethics. This was all very interesting and educating enough that I decided I’d come back for class next week. Video over.
Then something happened. Jeff Duggin came up to close out the evening. He then raised a discussion that paralleled something I normally say to people when trying to explain this world, the universe and everything in it. By pure nature of complexity, it is statistically impossible that everything should come together to operate the way that it has. If you take a box of tv parts and put them in a box, what will be in that box in 1 million years? A bunch of parts or dust. Nothing more. Jeff’s explanation and support was even more elaborate, and I think you’ll agree.
Jeff proceeded to say that he carries some pictures in his pocket so that when the opportunity arises, he can simply explain the complexity of this world’s design. He showed a picture of an electric motor’s internals (link 1, link 2) of which I am very familiar since I studied mechanical engineering in college. As I mentioned, I’ve got a bent towards science and math. Then, I was delight. Jeff proceeded to show pictures of a flagellum structure. Microscopic cells which to an untrained eye could easily be mistaken for parts of an electric motor. Cells which have been around for a seriously long time before we ever designed the first electric motor. Wikipedia Flagellum. Wikipedia also has some other interesting intelligent design information listed. Of course, they also have refuting arguments posted as well. My apologies for not having the best pictures to show the similarities, but I hope your curiosity is piqued.
It was an interesting night.