Francis Collins asked me a question this morning.
Well, not exactly. He didn’t call the lowly Atlanta Creationism Examiner to query my pitiful knowledge of biology, or to ask how I would solve a complicated problem involving DNA analysis.
Surely Dr. Collins has no idea who I am (and probably could care less), but in his book The Language of God he still asked a question I’d like to try and answer.
If humans arose as a consequence of a supernatural act of special creation, why would God have gone to the trouble of inserting such a nonfunctional gene in this (the caspase-12) precise location?
At the risk of sounding both simplistic and obvious, I would like to respond and say…
It’s because God wanted chimpanzees, bonobo apes and human beings, for reasons known only to Him.
I humbly that although my answer may sound simple minded, the rationale behind my simple answer is rather complex. My beliefs in the existence of God were formed after delving into the disciplines of astrobiology, cosmology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other scientific discipline that offered evidence in my search for truth.
My personal belief that humans were formed by a supernatural act of special creation began to form after repeated personal experiences in the form of direct interaction with an intelligent supernatural phenomena that I now believe were ghosts, most (but not all) of which occurred in the company of at least one other witness.
Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me repeatedly over several years, you should be famous, the next David Blaine.
Why go to all that trouble if you don’t get paid, or take credit for entertaining me?
Ergo, I’m either the world’s biggest sucker (which I freely admit is possible), or I have reason to believe that supernatural entities such as ghosts actually exist.
If ghosts, why not God?
And if God exists, why shouldn’t we believe that He created us for some specific reason other than occupy space?
For the record, page number 139 is the one on which Dr. Collins asks “the” question.
On that same page, describing his theories that counter special creation, Dr. Collins uses the following words and phrases in a span of less than 400 words:
may play crucial roles, appears to have mutated, just conceivable, possible, paradoxically allowed, clearly speculation, represents a major component, potential role
This is all from two paragraphs on one page!
Now if Dr. Collins is that full of doubt about his own theories, how can he be so sure my theories of creation are wrong?
I’m not going to insist he’s absolutely wrong to say that humans evolved from a common primate ancestor.
I would not dream of denigrating his character by suggesting he’s a delusional fool simply for believing such evolution is possible.
However, before I blindly accept that his theories are true and supernatural creation false, I’d like to ask a couple of questions:
- What biological process explains the alleged fusion of chromosome 2 in the human genome? (Research has shown that chimps have 24, humans 23. Biologists theorized two were spliced together in the human genome. How? Is there a known biological process to explain this phenomenon within the context of sexual reproduction?)
- Assuming there is a plausible answer for the first question, at the point where a new, human genome actually forms, wouldn’t there need to be a sexually compatible mating pair available within a single lifespan?
- If this mutation becomes so predominant within a breeding population that a new species tries to emerge, how are recessive genes negated to prevent the collapse of the new genome before it has fully formed? According to Jack Horner, DNA decays faster, not at slower than normal rates.
That was my attempt at “biologist speak.” I’m no biologist, so it would not surprise me if nobody understood those three questions. Here is my second attempt to ask them, this time in plain English:
- If man descended from apes, explain how it happens. Apes have ape babies. Humans have human babies. From what I can see, it appears that never the twain shall meet.
- It’s hard enough to imagine an alpha male of a new species evolving without a lot of help, but the problem doubles because he’d need a woman to make his babies before he dies. Otherwise, humans come and go in a single generation and recessive genes cleanse primate family tree.
- You have theories for isolating populations to allegedly control or limit gene flow. How does that work in an ocean?
For bonus points: how does any animal recognize an environmental niche exists and begin to develop wings so future generations can take advantage and fly?
Don’t try giving some convoluted rationale about how we get flying mammals to emerge from some vague common ancestor over extraordinary periods of time given opportunity but no motive.
(If you can) Explain to me, why do we have bats? (Not the wooden ones used for baseball.)
My best answer is to say, to control insect populations.
I believe in a creator God who’s a planner and designer.
Do any zoologists have a better guess?