In response to the Oct. 5 Point of View “ God and my biology class”: The author argues that “evolutionary science” has undermined belief in an omnipotent God. He asserts that the argument for design often used by creationists is no longer valid since “random variation plus natural selection, contains all that is needed to generate extraordinary levels of nonrandomness.” Evidently, he assumes readers will accept these assertions based solely on his credibility because he cites no actual evidence.
“Random variation and natural selection” are not evidence. They are rather the supposed mechanism for biological evolution, and it is the mechanism that is the core of the debate in the first place. When trying to prove the validity of the mechanism, we can’t cite the mechanism itself as proof.
The real question is, could this mechanism result in the new genetic information/increased complexity that evolution requires? The answer is “No!” Natural selection doesn’t create new information/complexity because it can select only from information that exists.
Also, random variation/mutation inevitably results in decreases in genetic information, not increases. Former Johns Hopkins professor, Dr. Lee Spetner, in his book, “Not by Chance,” stated, “Not even one mutation has been observed that adds a little information to the genome. That surely shows that there are not the millions upon millions of potential mutations the theory demands. There may well not be any.”
This engineer turned pastor was not convinced by the article.
Dave Greear, Cary