Our title comes from a remark made by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he just posted Forget Slow-and-Gradual — New Study Says Life “Emerged Fully Formed”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
For decades scientists have debated when, how, and where the first life supposedly evolved. Various hypotheses abound: maybe RNA came first; perhaps life evolved around hydrothermal vents; maybe life arrived on an asteroid — but none have satisfied everyone, due to significant problems with each one. And now an old idea has been revived and refined: maybe there was a “chemical big bang,” and life arose spontaneously in a river, with all the major components in place all at once.
Hambo is all excited. He says:
As this article from New Scientist states,
[Hambo quotes from A radical new theory rewrites the story of how life on Earth began:] It has long been thought that the ingredients for life came together slowly, bit by bit. Now there is evidence it all happened at once in a chemical big bang.
You need a subscription to read the article — except for the first few paragraphs. However, what Hambo quotes is from the sub-title. After that he tells us what the article says — but we can’t verify it. Then he says:
So just the right molecules interacting under just the right conditions in just the right place led to a living organism. [What?] Just like Goldilocks is a fairytale, so is their idea for the origin of life! All of the research to develop this idea has depended on the scientists adding just the right chemicals (e.g., iron, sulfur) in just the right conditions (e.g., UV light), meaning intelligent design was needed, and they still didn’t end up with anything living! Life only comes from life (the law of biogenesis), and life only comes from the Creator God.
Ah yes, the so-called “law of biogenesis.” We debunked that in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Hambo continues:
The popular summary of the study concludes with,
[Unverified quote:] Of course, all this depends on the everything-first idea proving correct. Szostak’s protocells and the new biochemical insights have won over many researchers, but some pieces of the puzzle are still missing. Perhaps the most persuasive argument is that the simpler ideas don’t work. As is the case with many things in life, the beginning was probably more complicated than we had thought.
What does Hambo make of that? Let’s read on:
So the strongest support for this origin of life story is this: that the alternatives don’t work? Maybe that’s because life didn’t arise by natural processes! Really, their story is nothing more than a “just-so” story because they have to somehow explain the origin of life without God. They’d rather put their faith in the unbelievable — that something as complex as life could just pop into existence—than put their faith in the One who made them. And not just any “One,” but the only One true God: the Creator God of the Bible.
Ah yes — God-did-it ! That’s great creation science. He elaborates on it:
Life shows the fingerprints of the Designer. [Ooooooooooooh — we’re using that for our title!] Just consider one of the three categories for life — the ability to reproduce using genes. This requires an information system to code the instructions needed to assemble life. And information systems don’t just pop into existence. Information only comes from other information [Huh?] and, ultimately, a mind (in this case the mind of the Creator).
He finishes with this — and it’s a bit repetitive:
Just as information only comes from information and, ultimately, a mind, so life only comes from life and, ultimately, the Lifegiver. These researchers, studying the incredible complexity of life, are without excuse for denying the Creator’s existence (Romans 1:20).
Impressive, wasn’t it? We can’t show how life began on Earth. No one can — not yet — but here’s something we wrote about it before:
A quick search suggests that roughly 326 million cubic miles (1.332 billion cubic km) of water is in the Earth’s oceans. With all the organic material floating around, combining, separating, combining again — every second of the day — it’s far from inconceivable that a self-replicating molecule got formed. We haven’t done this in the lab, at least not yet, but there were millions of years available for it to occur by natural processes. Once it happened, it would multiply, and then the oceans would be full of such organic molecules — as they are today. From there, it may have taken millions of more years for something like a virus or an amoeba to form — and then the oceans would be full of those too. Add more time, which was available, and … well, here we are. No miracle was required — just time and chemistry.
That’s all we’ve got on this one, so now it’s up to you, dear reader. Tell us what you think.
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