Back in March we wrote How Life Began — Problem Solved?, about some chemists at Cambridge who had produced “everything necessary for life” from “just hydrogen sulfide, hydrogen cyanide and ultraviolet light” making “more than 50 nucleic acids — precursors to DNA and RNA molecules.”
Although we predicted “The creationists will be going crazy!” we haven’t seen any reaction until now. To our delight, we found something by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Ol’ Hambo’s article is Origin of Life Mystery Solved? He refers to a couple of recent news articles about some different research, but those articles do mention the research in our post, so Hambo’s scoffing is exactly what we predicted. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
[O]ne of the laws of nature is the law of biogenesis; life only comes from other life. This law is confirmed no matter where we look on Earth and, despite years of research, life only ever comes from other life — it has never, not even once, been observed to come from non-life. This is a major problem, of course, for evolutionists, and one they must solve if they have any hope of life evolving.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We discussed that so-called law of nature in Common Creationist Claims Confuted, where we concluded: “Some fool or freak or fraud posted a crazed misinterpretation of Pasteur’s work at a creationist website and it’s been endlessly repeated ever since.” Hambo’s off to a great start! Then, discussing the news stories that seem to have enraged him, he says:
Well, these headlines loudly proclaim that this conundrum might not be such a problem anymore, based on recent research. It’s also good to recognize the tentative terminology rife in such articles such as this one where we read, “The new research . . . suggests a way . . . probably pools of water . . . The idea . . . Carter thinks he’s found a way for the information storage . . . still doesn’t answer the ultimate question . . . ”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Tentative terminology — nothing like ol’ Hambo’s absolute certitude. But whether intentionally or not, Hambo totally misses the point — if a natural process can be demonstrated that might be the way life emerged, it will then be obvious to everyone (except a reality-denying creationist) that no miracle was required. Hambo, however, prefers miracles. He says:
But what does this research really show? It reveals the presuppositions and wishful thinking of evolutionists! Basically, their answer to the mystery of the origin of life is that they don’t know how it came about, but they do have some stories of how it might have. Their thinking is, Well, even if we don’t really know, it simply must have happened since we are here today!
Wishful thinking? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No, Hambo. There’s been a demonstration of a natural way it could have happened. But Hambo disagrees:
You see, what these scientists have “discovered” is they have “suggest[ed] a way for RNA to control the production of proteins by working with simple amino acids that does not require the more complex enzymes that exist today.” … This is observational science in the present and applies to the molecules and proteins that we have in the present. It has nothing to do with how life might have arisen — except in the minds of the researchers who have rejected the answer to that question found in the revealed Word of God!
Yeah — molecules might have been different back then. Were you there? Here’s more:
You see, this does not provide them with a code — information — from which life could come. All it provides them with is a pile of amino acids sorted according to shape and size. But this a far cry from the complexity of life. Without the information behind life, nothing is going to use these sorted amino acids, so they’re going nowhere.
Ooooooooooh — information! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Hey — wait a minute. We skipped over something Hambo said earlier in his article, but it’s relevant here:
[I]nformation only ever comes from an information giver. We never — not even once — have seen meaningful information arise by random, natural processes. Information only comes from an information giver! So how did these researchers supposedly overcome these overwhelming challenges to evolutionary ideas?
Hey, Hambo — Who informed the information giver? Ah well, here’s one last excerpt from near the end:
Despite the brazen headline, they haven’t found a “missing link” in the question of the origin of life. They’ve simply, based on their belief in evolution, assumed that evolution happened and have suggested a not very satisfying mechanism that got life started.
So there you are. Hambo has demonstrated one of the basic principles of creation science: Once something has been declared a miracle, it will always be a miracle.
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