Creation: Question Evolution Campaign — 2 of 15
A Sunday guest post by my brilliant husband, Gregg.
Every Sunday, my clever husband offers me a “day of rest” by taking over the homemaker duties here. His primary topic, the Biblical Truth of Creation vs. Darwinism, is a subject that has broad reaching scientific, social, and metaphysical implications and is gaining more and more attention in our modern culture. For believers and non-believers alike, the primary purpose is to present scientific, historical, logical, and/or sociological data in an empirical and defensible fashion, as much as possible written in layman’s terms, and in a format suitable for supplementing any homeschool curriculum whether you choose to believe the Biblical account — or secular guesses — about the origins of human life on earth.
How did the DNA code originate?
Question #2: How did the DNA code originate?
The DNA code is a sophisticated language system with letters and words where the meaning of the words is unrelated to the chemical properties of the letters—just as the information on this page is not a product of the pixels on a screen. What other coding system has existed without intelligent design?
This leads to the second question posed in the question evolution campaign: How did the DNA coding system arise without it being created?
Information theory is fairly new. Information is not material, though materialists must assume that it is or else their theories of materialistic evolution utterly fall apart. To test and prove that information is not material is very straight forward.
Go to a chalk baord and write a coherent sentence. Is the information you just sent in the chalk or the baord or is that simply the medium used to transmit the information? Save this post as a file on your computer. Then erase the file. Did your computer weigh any more or less? Does saving information to a writable DVD or CD make it weigh more or less? Does it change the material state of the optical media in any quantifiable way? The answer, of course, is no.
In his groundbreaking book, “In the beginning was information,” Dr. Werner Gitt, Ph.D states that there are 5 levels of information and they are statistical, syntatic, semantic, pragmatic, and apobetic. From these, he posits 7 natural laws (What we call Scientific Laws in the US and what he describes as theorems) pertaining to information. Paraphrased for clarity, these are:
- There can be no information without a code (statistical level; is the code letters, numbers, dots and dashes, knots in a rope, puffs of smoke, etc.).
- Information cannot originate in statistical processes (randomness only ever produces randomness, never ordered information).
- Any code is the result of a free and deliberate convention (syntax; grammar, spelling, other arrangment of code as in commas at the thousandth mark, decimals, currency symbols, length or brevity of sounds in Morse, etc.).
- There can be no information unless all five hierarchical levels are involved: statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and apobetics.
- There can be no information without a sender.
- Any given chain of information points to a mental (intelligent) source.
- There can be no information without volition (will).
Darwinists often throw up numerous straw men to dispute these laws of information, which Gitt, a German, describes as theorems. “Well, a theorem (says the American opponent) is a such-and-so and this is just an argument from ignorance and Shannon did more than discuss statistical information and just a god of the gaps dissertation and this is really completely untestable and blah blah blah blah blah.”
Set aside the collection of religious objections and fallacious rationalizaions and deal with the very obviously false claim. Of course it’s testable.
Gitt’s list can easily be transformed into impossibility theorems and shown to be always true via simple logic. Gitt even does so in his book.
- It is impossible to set up, store, or transmit information without using a code.
- It is impossible to have a code apart from a free and deliberate convention.
- It is impossible that information can exist without having had a mental source.
- It is impossible for information to exist without having been established voluntarily by a free will.
- It is impossible for information to exist without all five hierarchical levels statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and apobetics.
- It is impossible that information can originate in statistical processes.
- It is impossible for information to come into being without volition.
Within Gitt’s definition domain of what information is — and is not — to test his theorems could not be easier. In fact, to disprove all of Gitt’s assertions, it is only necessary to demonstrate that just one of these seven impossibility theorems IS, in fact, possible as it relates to information thus defined.
I say all that to say this. DNA is composed of four molecules. Those molecules are no more and no less relevant to the information stored in the DNA than is the chalk to the chalkboard, the pixels to the screen, or the magnetic bits to the hard drive.
The material is not the information. The code, the language, the information, the messagethat DNA contains very obviously is not material and could not have arisen as a result of randomness and chance.
One “theorem” of Darwinism is that only the material is relevant in solving the origin puzzle. Therefore, if any non-material factor was found to be essential — dare I say foundational — it would utterly disprove Darwinism. In fact, if a non-material apparatus was absolutely required to hold the theory together, such an apparatus would lay the entire Darwinist religion to waste.
Guess what? Within the framework of methodological materialism, Darwinists must constantly co-opt non-material information, ignore the fact that it is non-material, and pretend that only the material exists or that information itself is material. The fact that non-material information exists in very intelligible form lays waste to much of Darwinian religious theory.
“The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same: the chain of events leading to man commenced suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy … For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
Robert Jastrow (b. 1925) PhD Theoretical Physics, recipient of NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, exerpted from God and the Astronomers (1992) pp.106-107
Fervent religious belief in atheistic evolution is, simply put, blind faith. It is a belief based in non-observed, unproven and unprovable AND untestable scientific processes, while philosophically denying hope, purpose, justice or ultimate meaning to life. While this philosophy is firmly held, evidence that very obviously contradicts the Darwinist faith is excluded from those very same individual world views, publically censored by secular humanists, and systematically rejected — even when such contradictory evidence is undeniably true. That is not reasonable. That is not even rational. That is a religious crusade.
Faith in Jesus Christ is based on trust in God’s word. The Bible is a credible message given to us from the past from One who foresaw our needs and cares and wants the best for us. It has not, as some critics claim, been lost in translation, but rather it is a message that has been faithfully passed on for hundreds of years. It is not a blind leap, but rather an intelligent step forward based on both existing evidence and simple logic.
For more (pardon the pun) information about how the very existence of the information of life refutes materialistic origin theory, visit creation.com/code
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