The Church of England - - LETTERS -

Sir, Mar y Roe sounds frus­trated that some of us are less than con­tent with the Stan­dar d Model. The trou­ble is it is math­e­mat­i­cally sound, but sci­en­tif­i­cally and philo­soph­i­cally lit­tle mor e than a fairy stor y.

To sug­gest that a hot Big Bang ex­pan­sion, in a tril­lion tril­lionth of a sec­ond, fol­lowed by for ma­tion of highly spe­cialised pho­tons, quarks, glu­ons, bosons along with nu­clear weak and strong forces and elec­tro­mag­netic force and in such a way that atoms of hy­dro­gen could form by them­selves, out of noth­ing, at ran­dom, is al­ready be­yond sci­en­tific cred­i­bil­ity! The ar ri­val of Grav­ity r emains a prob­lem within the stan­dard model, at pre­cisely 10-38 x nu­clear strong force. Com­ing from a univer­sity maths back­ground my­self, I know that math­e­mati­cians can put for­mu­las to any­thing, but it does not make their ax­ioms truth­ful.

The r ul­ing par­a­digm, when it gets to bi­ol­ogy, is even more im­plau­si­ble. LUCA (last univer­sal com­mon an­ces­tor) had the fol­low­ing: a discr ete mem­brane round it of great com­plex­ity, con­tain­ing the ver y com­plex pro­teins needed to form an elec­tron en­ergy gra­di­ent to make ATP; a lipid of cor rect flu­id­ity in it and lipid por es; a cy­toskele­ton scaf­fold­ing within the cell to hold ki­nesin mo­tor pr otein con­struc­tion work­ers, fu­elled by ATP, to build the next cell; a genome of 500,000 nu­cleo­tides in­errantly pro­grammed to for m the above and quite a lot more, too com­pli­cated to bore you with. This is sup­posed to have bub­bled out of “some warm pond” (quot­ing Dar­win) or a hy­dro­ther­mal vent.

This is of course 19th cen­tur y science, be­cause Dar win thought life was sim­ple and that it could spon­ta­neously gen­er­ate, like most sci­en­tists of his day, 1858. It was not till Louis Pas­teur won his prize from the Paris In­sti­tute in 1864, that it was fi­nally es­tab­lished that life can only come fr om other life. Fi­nally , that is, to ever yone ex­cept believ­ers in the rul­ing par­a­digm who sug­gest that the first life is an ex­cep­tion it must bub­ble out of earth’s ocean, or a Mars ocean or some­wher e equally im­pos­si­ble! Why does not 21st cen­tur y mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy have any ef fect on the rul­ing par­a­digm on ori­gins?!

Foun­da­tional to life is the DNA genome. It car­ries the in­struc­tions to trans­mit to RNA and grow ever ything. The 98 per cent of it once ar­ro­gantly named “junk DNA” is now known to be the switches that switch on genes, prob­a­bly con­tain­ing the abil­ity to change adapt and evolve and re­spond to

dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and threats. In an­swer to the ques­tion “did life ar­rive by ran­dom forces or by Divine Fiat?”, the maths of prob­a­bil­ity in­sists the lat­ter. If DNA is a lan­guage that we can read, it seems likely that God can speak it. If so, he spoke the DNA creat­ing LUCA. Why then would he not speak sev­eral other fam­i­lies of DNA? And why would he want to take bil­lions of years to do it?!

21st cen­tury bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry and as­tro­physics (for which com­plete ab­sence of dark mat­ter and en­ergy re­main a negat­ing is­sue in the stan­dard model) are most eas­ily un­der­stood by Ge­n­e­sis 1.

By the end of day one God had cre­ated the heav­ens with bil­lions of ac­tive ga­lac­tic nu­clei of hy­dro­gen kick-start­ing the gal­ax­ies we see today, to pro­duce suns with great ra­pid­ity and ve­loc­ity, (like gal­axy Az-TEC 3). The newly formed “light” from our own Milky Way, which seems to have trav­elled 25,000 cur­rent-speed-of-light years by the evening, was shin­ing on a ro­tat­ing ball of wa­ter which is the earth. Per­haps this in­di­cates light was of in­fi­nite speed, like grav­ity then?

On day 2, God spreads some of our globe of wa­ter through­out the in­tended so­lar sys­tem (the ex­panse, into which he was go­ing to put the sun and moon on day 4). Noth­ing more ap­par­ently.

Day 3, God gath­ers the wa­ter to a largely sub­ter­ranean sea, per­haps 4 km deep, (no rain­bow ap­pears till Noah) and makes land ap­pear, on which he “speaks” 15 phyla of plant life and phyla of land bac­te­ria and ar­chaea, or 85 or­ders of plants, all of them with the in­built po­ten­tial to evolve into the genus’s and species we know today. This was de­clared good, like suc­ceed­ing days.

Day 4 God cre­ates the sun, moon and per­haps 10-12 plan­ets. (The as­ter­oids we know that later hit the moon, Mars, earth and re­shaped the so­lar sys­tem in “the late heavy bom­bard­ment” and are in the as­ter­oid belt, seem to be made of rock and iron from bro­ken up plan­ets.) “He made the stars also” may mean the other plan­ets or more gal­ax­ies.

Day 5 God breathes life into and speaks the DNA of per­haps 50 phyla or or­ders of fish, pro­tists, wa­ter in­ver­te­brates, and per­haps 25 or­ders of birds.

Day 6 God breathes life into and speaks the DNA of land in­ver­te­brates (with tra­chea) 30 or­ders of rep­tiles and mam­mals, in­clud­ing dinosaurs, but we have no idea what size any of these were. Fi­nally he forms Adam, then Eve from Adam’s stem cells, with the po­ten­tial to evolve into the whole hu­man race.

Un­der this pro­posal the earth’s sur­face is bro­ken up at the time of Noah and sea wa­ter rises to the sur­face (as ge­ol­o­gists note for the Early Ar­chaean). The fos­sil record tells the story of re­coloni­sa­tion, not of ori­gins, dated by a de­clin­ing speed of light and there­fore de­clin­ing ra­dioac­tiv­ity to today’s speeds. This would fit ge­ol­ogy cali- brated by the ev­i­dence of ge­ol­o­gists eyes.

So be­fore we evan­gel­i­cals write off as al­le­gory Ge­n­e­sis 1 and 2 (prob­a­bly God’s view and Adam’s view re­spec­tively), let us see if it was not mirac­u­lously handed down to us as God’s ac­cu­rate word mak­ing a lot more sci­en­tific sense than the rul­ing par­a­digm.

A fuller form of this is at­his­ un­der Think­ing Cre­ation Through.

Anthony Bush,

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Wrax­all, Bris­tol

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