Irreducible Complexity

Evolution by Natural Selection: a theory that states species evolve by small mutations that are an advantage to an organism. After enough mutations, a new species is created. For the mutation to be kept, it must be valuable to the species. If the mutation is not an advantage, it will be eliminated, so no extra baggage. Does this happen? Yes, to an extent. Small changes can occur in an organism to help it survive in its environment. But evolving into a new species, no. A dinosaur does not become a chicken by many small mutations over millions of years.

Today many scientists hold to the theory of evolution by natural selection, but there are those few that hold to something else. As for me, I am a creationist. I believe that the God of the Bible created the universe in six literal days, and on the seventh, He rested. That’s great, but how do you make an argument against natural selection? It seems like everyone else holds to that theory, so why shouldn’t I? I want to show you one piece of evidence that supports intelligent design (life started by a creator). It is called Irreducible Complexity.

Now I take no credit for this irreducible complexity. That all goes to Dr. Michael Behe. In fact, here is a video explaining it all if you would rather listen than read: Anyway, Dr. Behe is a biological researcher. He used to believe that evolution explained everything until he looked under a microscope at something called the flagella motor. The flagella is a tail like structure on some organisms like bacteria that helps the organism to move. The flagella motor is made up of forty proteins. Each protein must be in place for the motor to work properly. If any one of the proteins is missing the motor won’t be able to function.

Natural Selection would say that the motor evolved protein by protein, but if any one protein is missing then the motor is not beneficial to the organism and it would be eliminated by natural selection. The flagella motor is here though. It is a real thing. So how did it get here? Evolutionists tried to solve this problem by suggesting co-option. This is a theory that says the motor was made by borrowing proteins from another organism. That seems plausible, accept thirty of the forty proteins in the flagella motor are completely unique to the flagella motor, and can’t be found anywhere else. This suggests that all proteins must have been in place at once. But what put them together? Rather, who put them together? Where did all the unique proteins come from? There must have been something or someone that created those proteins and put them together.

Furthermore, not only in the flagella motor itself irreducibly complex, the way the motor is put together is also irreducibly complex. Proteins are made of amino acids. The code that contains the sequence for amino acids to make the proteins is in RNA that was transcribed from DNA. Each step along the process has chaperones and regulatory factors that control the process. Some of those enzymes and chaperones have more chaperones for themselves. On top of all that, all of those enzymes and chaperones had to have come from somewhere as well. Even the process of making a flagella motor is irreducibly complex.

Science can seem like an area that no one in religion should touch, especially Christianity. Everyone seems to say that all the evidence points to evolution, but that is not necessarily true. Evidence always has to be interpreted, and the people who interpret it have presuppositions that they may not even realize they have. Point is, not all the evidence out there points to evolution, and there are still a lot of questions that science can’t answer. So don’t let the word “science” make you run for the hills. There is evidence that supports intelligent design and there are ways to defend intelligent design through science.


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