Junk DNA: The Great Divide

It’s interesting. Christians are often viewed as being simple minded. A scientist who’s Christian? How could that be? Once one accepts Jesus Christ as their savior, they lose all analytical reasoning capabilities, as evidenced by the fact that they accepted Jesus Christ as their savior in the first place!

Yet science itself requires faith—a suspension of individual belief, an acceptance that there is a higher truth, which can be discovered through observation. As portions of that higher truth reveal themselves, the scientist attempts to piece those truths together into a coherent whole, which becomes the reality they continually build upon—the reality that shapes their future deductions and assertions.

What’s a Christian but (hopefully) someone who has looked at the historical and experiential evidence and concluded that Jesus was a real human being, and that he really is who he said he was. The Christian builds upon this reality, and the vantage point shapes their future deductions and assertions.

I find it interesting to watch the back and forth between Darwinists and those who are proponents of Intelligent Design. I’m not an expert. I don’t feel qualified to argue convincingly for either side. But I do have my opinions. And my common sense.

Both sides have theories. Both sides claim evidence for their theories. Both sides discount portions of the other side’s theories and concede other portions with a “But…”

The Myth of Junk DNA

The Myth of Junk DNAThe Myth of Junk DNA seems to be stirring a chorus of “But’s” from both sides.

While Janet Parshall sang the book’s praises rather convincingly on her radio show “In the Market” a few weeks ago, there are others on the opposite side of the fence who aren’t so convinced. John Farrell had something to say about it on his blog:

ID proponents are gearing up to tout a new book claiming Junk DNA is a myth–and that the human genome is filled with intelligently designed genes with functions scientists are only now beginning to understand.

Sweet! I’m Not Full of Junk!

Wouldn’t it be cool if “junk DNA” isn’t really junk at all, but part of a grand design that, when unlocked could potentially lead to better management of and even cures to some diseases? Perhaps that “junk DNA” contains knowledge we might use to make our lives better. Exciting right?

Don’t go getting your hopes up. Farrell quotes Stan Rice, who seems rather adept at bursting bubbles.

The human genome is full of stuff that interferes with the use of genetic information to produce healthy and functional enzymes and bodies. … This is, at best, a clumsy system, because whenever a cell divides, all of this DNA is copied, not just the DNA that the cell will use. …the whole system is so cumbersomely complex that it often fails.

Oh. Nevermind.

Well, okay. So much for that. I guess this living organism that houses my conscious and allows me to do things like type on a keyboard, sing, drive, play piano, write novels, digest food and turn it into energy, produce babies, see, smell, taste…is…well…clumsy.

Hmm. Okay, like I said, I’m no expert, and I’m certainly no scientist, but the analytical portion of my grey matter says, that don’t make sense. I’m wondering… Since Rice knows what’s broken, perhaps he also knows how to fix it? Or perhaps, he could start from scratch and make it better?

No, he couldn’t do that because, then he’d be the intelligent designer and we’d all be his helpless minions.

I’m not saying he thinks he could do it better (although maybe he does). I’m just telling you what my common sense tells me. This organism called my body is anything but clumsy. (Well…not counting when it tries to catch a ball, or play video games.)

Darwinism Versus Intelligent Design

I’ll admit, I was once completely sold on Darwinism. It was the only thing I was taught. But the Intelligent Design folks are certainly making me think.

Far from consisting mainly of junk that provides evidence against intelligent design, our genome is increasingly revealing itself to be a multidimensional, integrated system in which non-protein-coding DNA performs a wide variety of functions.

And, besides that, they seem a lot less grumpy.

How about you? Do you think you’re clumsy and full of junk?