The headline of a Nature article that appeared on 10/24/12 reads as follows: “Filamentous bacteria transport electrons over centimeter distances.” In layman’s terms it means that living bacteria at the bottom of the ocean act as a network of electrical cables complete with insulation that transmit electricity over a distance of one centimeter. If these “marvelous microbes” were the size of human beings the signals would be transmitted for 12 miles. Several years ago researchers had detected electrical currents on the ocean floor but until now had no idea of their source. Science Daily reports that “they make up kind of live electric cable that no one had ever imagined existed.” One researcher described it as “unreal and fantastic.”
A single teaspoon of mud contains at least a half mile of these living cables. The electrical currents generated by these bacteria seem to play an important role in the nutrient cycles of sea life.
Of course when asked to explain how bacteria developed sophisticated electrical transmission capabilities complete with insulated sheathing and formed complex electrical grids, atheist/materialist scientists will wave their magic wands and tell us of that the “old black magic” called Darwinian Evolution is responsible. We can imagine Father Charles up in heaven (in a manner of speaking of course) gazing down blissfully at his disciples as they invoke his name to explain everything and anything:
• How did bacteria develop the capacity to form sophisticated networks of insulated electrical cables and transmission? – the young student asks his Professor
• Why Evolution of course, my son – answers the wise Professor.
• How did a mindless, directionless evolutionary process accomplish this?
• We don’t know my son, but we’ll figure it out sooner or later.
• Wise Professor, didn’t you teach me that these “electric” bacteria evolved by natural selection which is driven by random mutations in the DNA of simpler bacteria over millions of years?
• Yes, my son, I see you have learned well.
• And where did the first bacteria come from, Wise Professor?
• We speculate that they evolved from “simple” self-replicating molecules, but since researchers are baffled as to how self-replicating molecules could form from raw inorganic chemicals on the ancient earth, and since there is no evidence that these self-replicating molecules actually ever existed, it remains a mystery, my son.
• Wise Professor, is it possible that the reason why no one can figure out how life – and the enormous amounts of specified information and the fantastic genetic information storage and translation systems that are present in all life – began through a naturalistic, unguided process is because life is the product of design? After all, even our beloved High Priest of atheism, Richard Dawkins, admits that living things, including the simplest bacteria are “complicated things that give the appearance of design.” Similarly, the Wyss Institute at Harvard University writes on its “About Us” page : “The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses Nature’s design principles to develop bioinspired materials and devices that will transform medicine and create a more sustainable world.”
• My son, you must remove these doubts from your mind. If you keep asking these foolish questions you will ruin your academic career!
• What should I do, Wise Professor?
• Let us pray together to Father Charles for guidance.
• Thank you so much Professor, you truly are wise!
When the Supreme Court of Tennessee reviewed the guilty verdict of the famous Scopes “Monkey Trial” (1925), Justice Chambliss noted the following statement by Dr. E.N. Reinke, Professor of Biology at Vanderbilt University, which was repeatedly referred to in the briefs of counsel for the defense:
“The theory of evolution is altogether essential to the teaching of biology…To deny the teacher of biology the use of [evolution] would make his teaching as chaotic as an attempt to teach…physics without assuming the existence of the ether.”
In hindsight, Dr. Reinke’s remarks are nothing short of comical. The theory of the luminiferous ether was abandoned by science long ago and even today physicists and historians of science get slightly red-faced when the subject comes up.
Cracks and fissures are rapidly appearing in the great Darwinian Wall. The recent shattering of the mythical “Junk DNA” concept, University of Chicago microbiologist, James Shapiro’s Evolution: A View from the 21st Century (Shapiro has a screeching-chalk effect on his zealously atheistic U. of C. colleague, Dr. Jerry Coyne), and in a startling development, the publication of Professor Thomas Nagel’s, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Nagel, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at NYU, is among the premier intellectuals in the United States. His is a voice that cannot be ignored.
“For a long time I have found the materialist account of how we and our fellow organisms come to exist hard to believe, including the standard version of how the evolutionary process works. The more details we learn about the chemical basis of life and the intricacy of the genetic code, the more unbelievable the standard historical account becomes…It seems to me that…the current orthodoxy about the cosmic order is the product of governing assumptions that are unsupported and that it flies in the face of common sense.”
Much to the chagrin of materialistic scientists, particularly fire-breathing preachers of science-based atheism like Dr’s P.Z. Myers and Jerry Coyne, Nagel does not come to the table with a religious agenda. He is very honest about why he is not prepared to embrace Intelligent Design Theory: “My preference for an immanent natural explanation is congruent with my atheism.” He candidly describes this as an “ungrounded intellectual preference.” Ungrounded, indeed.
Make no mistake about it. As fell the theory of the luminiferous ether, so too will fall Darwinian Evolution – the backbone of the modern atheist/materialist worldview – and it will fall hard.
I, for one, will not be sad. It’s time for Charles Darwin to finally rest in peace.