The only time we mentioned the creationist nonsense being spewed over the ENCODE project was The Intelligent Designer’s Latest Triumph. Although other bloggers are having fun with the subject, we regard it as far too much work to deal with here — and besides, no one comes to our humble blog for a technical discussion of DNA.
Not only that, but although the creationists are claiming that the latest ENCODE research is some kind of victory for their side, the truth is that the percentage of our genome that is literally functional is irrelevant to The Controversy between evolution and creationism. So it’s a non-issue.
Nevertheless, we can’t resist mentioning what we found today at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. ICR’s article is ENCODE Reveals Incredible Genome Complexity and Function. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Both the evolutionist and creationist communities are abuzz with the latest results from 30 simultaneously published high-profile research papers, proclaiming that the human genome is irreducibly complex and intelligently designed.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! How’s that for a start? We’re accustomed to reading nonsense and foolishness at creationist websites, but that’s one of the most blatantly and outrageously false and sentences we’ve ever seen from any of them. They follow it up with more of the same, but you can quit now if you like, because nothing can compare to their lead sentence. Anyway, here’s some more:
From an evolutionary perspective, this is yet another massive blow to the myth of “Junk DNA.” This evolutionary idea was exposed as a fraud from a scientific perspective in Jonathan Well’s recent book The Myth of Junk DNA.
If you don’t know who he is, see Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells. As for the “evolutionary idea” of junk DNA, there’s really no such thing. As you know, when DNA was first being explored, much of it appeared to have no function. That was a blow to the creationists, who (despite our numerous defects and deficiencies) insist on the perfection of our design. The presence of vast amounts of apparent “junk” didn’t trouble biologists because evolution is a sloppy process that could apparently tolerate the accumulation of useless debris in the genome.
The recent discovery that some of that “junk” — or maybe most of it — appears to be functional (to some degree) isn’t a problem for biologists. Evolution never required the existence of junk DNA, and the theory is still supported by all the evidence ever discovered. Creationism, on the other hand, is supported by nothing — regardless of the percentage of the genome that has some function.
Then ICR discusses the ENCODE research. We won’t bother with that, as there are, shall we say, more reliable summaries available. Instead, we’ll jump right to ICR’s final paragraph:
While these startling comments about the newly discovered wonders of the human genome did not come from the mouths of creationists, they clearly demonstrate we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by our Creator God who made us “in His image.”
That’s their conclusion. DNA proves the bible is true, and it also proves creationism. Isn’t creation science wonderful?
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