Month: November 2010

The Evolution of Spontaneous Generation

Spontaneous generation is an old idea. It supposes that living things can under certain conditions be formed from non-living objects such as maggots forming from rotting meat. Most of us nowadays are aware of the fact that maggots are really baby flies, or fly larvae. So, when an Italian physician, Francesco Redi in 1668 took some meat and put it in a jar and covered the top with cheese cloth, the meat rotted as usual, but there were no maggots to help the process along. The maggots didn’t just form from the meat, they hatched from the eggs of flies. When the eggs couldn’t be laid on the meat by the flies the maggots never appeared on it. So, it was supposedly the end of the theory of “spontaneous generation”. That was at least until the rise of the study of “genetics” and the discovery of the DNA/RNA genetic information system. We now know that genes, or information bits that run the machinery in each and every living cell are encoded on DNA or RNA long chain molecules. Evolution assumes that the encoding of these molecules all took place by a process called “genetic mutation”. Genetic mutation is also assumed…

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New Direction

Been thinking about this blog and my disillusion with science. “Scifaith” is descriptive, though. My Creator has been helping me get weaned away from my dependency on “scientific” thinking about stuff. Scientific thinking was always competing with a simple trust and faith in our Creator. It’s the “scientific” thinking that says, “believe it when you see it”. Maybe that’s why many Christians are so hung up on miracles and signs. Jesus told Thomas, “because you have seen me you believe, blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” Today, we need to take a closer look at the admonission of the Bible, “…keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.”. “Profane and vain babblings” to is becoming such an apt description of much that’s coming from “science”. There are all these shows on TV now that make grandiose claims to have figured out how the universe began, how dinosaurs lived, the social lives of various creatures and so on. It’s all babble cause it’s the One who made them that them really understands all these creatures completely and…

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