My new friend Michael Clifton asked me a very good question.
Actually, he asked me three very good questions in rapid succession. He said,
Does your theory of Iterative Creation address evidence from observations like Turing’s morphogenesis, the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, or Mandelbrot’s fractals, all of which lend credence to theories of self organizing chaos removed from the need of a creative intelligence or purposeful designer? Does your theory of Iterative Creation have evidence to support your god’s involvement in the process of abiogenesis which would exclude natural circumstances or human engineering from being able to repeat the process?
Such good questions deserve to be answered one question at a time, my friend. The short answer I gave was – I don’t know.
I had to do a little research before I could give him an answer. I apologized for my ignorance.
The “Agent of Doubt” kindly offered me help in the form of a great video originally aired on the BBC. All three questions were answered in an hour, so he greatly simplified my research. Thank you again for the video, Michael.
I already knew a little bit about Turing.
Alan Turing was one of the most brilliant mathematicians that ever lived. He has been credited with break the German secret code during World War II.
His story ended tragically. Rather than receiving the hero’s treatment he richly deserved, he was exposed, persecuted and prosecuted simply for being homosexual. He died of suicide, only 41 years old.
His death was a senseless tragic loss for mankind. If his persecution was the result of the misguided deeds of people claiming a religion, I worry about their souls more than his.
I’m not telling my Christian friends to ignore what the Bible says about homosexuality, I’m asking them to remember what Jesus said to the crowd that wanted to stone the adulteress.
I asked myself, does God hates gay people? I decided I can’t believe he does.
How could a Creator despise his own creation? I can’t say that God “makes” people straight and gay. I can only say I don’t recall ever making a conscious decision to choose my sexuality.
I can’t say whether my friends who are gay chose their sexual orientation. They have said they did not, and I believe them.
But then bisexuals get me all confused, and I retreat to my position: if you think your having sex is sinful, take it up with God.
Don’t ask me to speak on my Creator’s behalf. I don’t mean to say God specifically created me – I am a byproduct of sexual reproduction. But He created all the necessary building blocks.
Leave me out of your personal business, and we’ll both be happy. I promise to reciprocate and not tell you about any of my personal business. Don’t expect me to judge you. I’m still worried more about being judged myself.
Before watching the video I didn’t know Turing devised a theory called morphogenesis, which explained how cells organize within a body into various organs by chemical reactions predictable by mathematical formula.
His work provided scientists all new insight into how embryonic development might occur.
His work applied to a very basic but important question: how does a single cell become arms, legs, heart, lungs, kidneys, spine, nervous system, immune system, brain and more simply from cell division?
How does this organization occur? According to Turing’s theory, chemicals in the body of the mother that are shared with the embryo cause this development to occur.
Pretty incredible, isn’t it?
It certainly explains the importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy.
And from where do these complex chemicals originate?
Stardust sprinkled from the cosmos to Earth, of course. For this very reason, I humbly repeat the simple equation:
Creation = Big Bang (for stars and stardust) + abiogenesis + speciation + natural selection
The common denominator in these natural processes seems to be an otherwise inexplicable supernatural element, or cause.
Otherwise we must accept that something literally materialized out of nowhere – that matter which expanded and cooled rapidly after a very hot Big Bang.
That’s really hard to believe.