Rev. David Rives — The Language of DNA

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This looks like it may be a long, news-free holiday weekend, climaxing with the Fourth of July on Monday. So it’s a good time to present the latest video from the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

It’s found — where else? — at the website of WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.

WND’s headline is Could random chance produce intricacy of DNA?. Admit it, dear reader, that’s a powerful question!

The actual title of the rev’s video is “Language of DNA” The rev begins by asking us to imagine walking along the beach and finding a smooth rock with strange characters written on it. Even if you couldn’t read what was written, you would know that those characters weren’t the random creation of the waves. Those characters were created by someone!

Well, DNA is a language! But it’s more complicated than anything humans have created. It’s obviously the product of a mind, not chance processes over millions of years. It came from the mind of the Creator!

The rev is once again wearing his dark blue bible-boy suit, without a necktie. With or without a tie, he’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! This video runs for the usual three minutes before the commercial at the end, so click over to WND and watch it. If you’re an evolutionist, it’s guaranteed to change your mind!

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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20 responses to “Rev. David Rives — The Language of DNA

  1. David Rives and the language of DNA? I imagine it’s all Greek to him.

  2. Once again a xtian argument that starts off with BS presented as something else…..”…you would know that those characters weren’t the random creation of the waves. Those characters were created by someone!…” PURE BS!!! If the rock was smooth then there are no marks on it!!! Dimwit!! Now if the rock was mostly smooth and had RANDOM marks on it, then how did you know they mean anything????? As said pure BS!!!

  3. He presents two arguments against Divine Design.

    One is the argument that the pattern is not explicable by random chance. Random chance being what we say when we cannot explain why this particular state of affairs. We don’t know anything about the ways of gods or other supernatural or omnipotent agencies, how they have recourse to particular outcomes. Think of “act of God”.

    The second is how the structure of DNA is so much more complicated than things that mere human design would produce. This suggests – I only say “suggests”, for these arguments are really only analogies, after all – that the proper solution to the puzzle of where it comes from is not to be found in an analogy to human design.

    While we don’t really know how DNA came to be ubiquious in the world of life on Earth, these two arguments suggest that we are more likely to find the answer in exploring the ways of nature.

  4. Radioastronomer

    The Curmudgeon just rang me up on the phne. His computer died and he may be offline till Tuesday. Not to worry, he is fine.🙂

  5. @Radioastronomer

    ‘Tis the curse of Rives . . .

  6. If any object is going to end up in the Lake o’ Fire, it is most certainly The Sensuous Curmudgeon’s computer.

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    Well, at least we are assured that SC is not spending this holiday weekend “hiking the Appalachian trail” with some anonymous bimbo.

  8. SC is not spending this holiday weekend “hiking the Appalachian trail” with some anonymous bimbo

    I think we’d guessed that already.

  9. docbill1351

    Androgynous bimbo, perhaps.

  10. I find it curious that Rives has no biography page or a citation on Wikipedia which has a citation on just about everybody it seems sometime.

  11. Radioastronomer makes an overdue appearance!

    Rades, don’t be such a stranger around here! We’ve missed you!

  12. Eric Lipps

    Re Thom S: Actually, DNA is not “ubiquitous”: there are viruses whose genetic information is encoded in RNA instead.

    And on another subject, the Curmudgeon summarizes creationist thinking on genetics:

    Well, DNA is a language! But it’s more complicated than anything humans have created. It’s obviously the product of a mind, not chance processes over millions of years. It came from the mind of the Creator!

    Creationists simply do not seem to grasp the difference between genuinely random processes and those driven by the laws of nature. Perhaps this is because they don’t really believe there are laws of nature, only the Will of God™.

  13. Doctor Stochastic

    What do they think that “nonrandom chance” would produce? Or would that be the policemen in “End of the Game” or the sheriff in “Rio Bravo”?

    To be abcdarian or (guacarian), only random processes can produce complex objects.

  14. News flash: Your Curmudgeon is back! The screen on my laptop went dark last night, and no jiggering with the cables or rebooting it could revive the thing. There are other computers around here, but none are already logged in to the blog with my passwords, and I couldn’t access what I needed on the laptop without a functioning screen. It never occurred to me to have my passwords written down somewhere else so I could find them. That wouldn’t be secure! So I was locked out of everything.

    This morning I dashed off to buy a new stand-alone monitor that was compatible with the laptop. It took forever to set the thing up because the multi-lingual instructions were, at least in English, woefully inadequate. But I finally got it working.

  15. “Random chance” is a good description of the product of an act of the supernatural. To describe a natural cause is to put some parameters.

  16. SC said:

    It never occurred to me to have my passwords written down somewhere else so I could find them. That wouldn’t be secure! So I was locked out of everything.

    Can’t tell how sarcastic you’re being here, but I recommend a password manager program such as Keepass or KeepassX. All of your passwords will be stored as an encrypted file, and I recommend you use a 6 – 7 word passphrase (meaning six random words anyone else is highly unlikely to figure out) to encrypt it. Keep the file on a thumb drive somewhere. If / when such IT problems happen again, you’ll have all of your passwords ready and waiting.

  17. Our Curmudgeon reports

    Your Curmudgeon is back!

    Thank goodness! Poor Olivia locked herself in the Panic Room directly she heard you were on the loose.

    Not to mention the unseemly conspiracy theories your absence inspired, such as claims you had high tailed it to Kentucky to get a place at the front of the line for the opening of Hambo’s Ark…

  18. Doctor Stochastic

    “Natural Causes” is unfortunately always fatal. I’ve never heard anyone say, “He’s got a bad case of natural causes.”

  19. michaelfugate

    Aren’t human languages both the product of brains and chance processes over thousands of years?

  20. Recommended reading: Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story by AG Cairns-Smith . He sets forth his theory of “genetic take-over”, wherein the first genetic materials were clay crystals. Fascinating.