Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Lewiston Tribune of Lewiston, Idaho. It’s titled Proof of God, and it’s the second letter at that link. They have a comments feature, but there are no relevant comments yet.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Keith. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
When the building blocks of DNA are created in a test tube, they are always split 50/50 between left-handed (left twist) and right-handed. All life on Earth has exclusively left-handed amino acids. Any right-handed amino acid ruins the DNA.
Wikipedia’s article on Homochirality has a section titled “In biology,” which says:
Amino acids are the building blocks of peptides and enzymes while sugar-peptide chains are the backbone of RNA and DNA. In biological organisms, amino acids appear almost exclusively in the left-handed form (L-amino acids) and sugars in the right-handed form (R-sugars). Since the enzymes catalyze reactions, they enforce homochirality on a great variety of other chemicals, including hormones, toxins, fragrances and food flavors.
Okay, your DNA consists of left-handed amino acids. There are a few different theories as to why this is so. At the moment, however, we don’t know the reason; but if you married someone with right-handed DNA, the likelihood of successful reproduction seems limited. Anyway, what does this left-handedness mean to Keith? He asks:
How did the first self-replicating life form manage to accidentally get all left-handed amino acids in the correct sequence at the same time, then protect that DNA strand from what must have been an extremely hostile environment?
If you think that’s a silly question, wait ’til you see what Keith says about it:
A recent probability calculation indicates that it is wildly unlikely to happen without some uber-natural assistance. [Uber-natural!] Like one chance in 100 gazillion (1 chance in 10, followed by 41,000 zeros).
Wowie — one chance is a hundred gazillion! After giving us that stunning information, Keith asks:
Against these staggering odds, are you going to face God on judgment day and tell him you thought life was an accident?
Well, dear reader? What’s your answer? Keith continues:
We were created. [Only a fool would deny it!] It is impossible for life to have spontaneously created itself from mud. To anyone willing to look, the evidence for intelligent design surrounds us.
The evidence surrounds us! Let’s read on:
If you were created, then you were created for a purpose. [That makes sense!] What purpose? Wouldn’t the creator be willing to tell you? He did and he does. [Ooooooooooooh! He tells us the purpose!] The answer is found in the best-selling book in the universe — the Bible.
In his last paragraph, Keith tells you exactly what you need to know:
If you want to know who Jesus is, start in the New Testament, the Gospels and the book of John. God knows that your life has meaning and purpose. When you find those two things, you will find something no atheist will ever find — the path to true love, true peace and true contentment.
Keith has given you the answer, dear reader. Now go forth, wiser than before.
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