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Which Side Of The Evolution Debate Would Charles Darwin Be On Today If He Were Alive???
In 1859, when Darwin published his first book, there was no reason not to believe the theory of evolution!!! Based on what scientists knew in Darwin's day, Darwin's theories were very credible and many people believed him!!!
This article talks about what Charles Darwin might think about the theory of evolution if he had been born in 1970 and attended college starting in 1990)!!!
So let's look what scientists know about cells today.
Cell Biologists, who study:
Microbiologists, who study single-celled organisms.
Now let's talk about astronomers:
Astronomers study: planetary systems, galaxies, galaxy clusters, giant nebula, etc..
If Darwin had known as much as modern day scientists in the fields I just mentioned, Darwin would very quickly have realized that cells (which contain DNA) and astronomy were a lot more sophisticated than those in his day thought!!! I suspect that Darwin would have very quickly realized that not a single type of living cell could ever have been created by the mindless accidents of the theory of evolution!!
But if he knew about mathematics, he would have realized that a human DNA strand can be sequenced in 43,200,000,000 different ways!!!
However, he would not have known that DNA has almost nothing to do with cell divisions which create a human baby from a single fertilized egg. The spirit of the baby is what controls most of the cell divisions. However, the DNA of the mother and the DNA of the father contribute to the cell divisions (so the baby has features of both parents).
More About Galaxies And The Universe
Darwin knew nothing about outer space!!! Yes, he could see stars, but I doubt that he knew that stars were really Suns which were a long, long ways away!!! Of course he knew nothing about galaxies, clusters of galaxies, etc. In fact, today it is estimated that there are more than one trillion galaxies!!!
It is almost impossible that Darwin knew anything about any other planets, much less exoplanets. Even today it is very difficult to identify a planet versus a star.
In the field of astronomy, it is now estimated that there are about 4500 atoms in this Universe!!!
Just wait until the James Web Space Telescope gets into space!!! This telescope will be 100 times more powerful than the amazing Hubble Space Telescope!!!
So let's talk about the Universe.
The Universe, including humans, are created by atoms. If Charles Dawwin realized that scientists today cannot create a single atom (what would they make it from??), and if he realized that there are about 4500 atoms in this Universe, he would probably have believed in God!!
The Book of Moses, in the Pearl Of Great Price, was first published by the prophet Joseph Smith in 1831.
In the Book of Moses, in the Pearl Of Great Price, Heavenly Father talks about his creations in the Universe (though the word "Universe" did not exist in Darwin's day).
Heavenly Father refers to His creations in the Universe as being: innumerable are they unto man!!!
Even if astronomers today did not discover a single new galaxy that they don't now about today, clearly the word innumerable would still apply!!!
A section of a single galaxy would easly suffice for the truth of that statement, but we do not know the dominion of Heavenly Father relative to outer space.
Darwin knew nothing about galaxies and he also didn't realize that there were eight total planets which were orbiting our Sun. Note: Pluto was demoted to a "dwarf planet" due to the discovery of other dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt.
Darwin knew nothing about the Kuiper Belt or the much further away Oort cloud. Darwin also knew nothing about "rogue planets" which do not orbit any star.
Obviously in his day they knew nothing about the fact that we live in a galaxy, which is now called the "Milky Way" galaxy. Nor did he know that there are more than one trillion galaxies in space!!! Every time astronomers put a newer and more powerful telescope in space more galaxies will be discovered!!!
Google: "Hubble Deep Field"
Darwin didn't know that Heavenly Father said this to Moses (Moses lived long before Darwin):
In short, what "scientists" knew in Darwin's day was so simple that it was easy to believe that there was no God and that everything came to exist by chance (i.e. without God).
The central issue of any evolution debate is always the existence of God. Darwin did not believe in God (or he would not have created the theory of evolution, he simply would have said that God did it). So the theory of evolution was his explanation of how everything came to exist without God.
That presents a major problem for the atheists and evolutionists today because they have so much more to explain!!!
Well, they do this by using the concept of "evolution" instead of the term "accidents." Evolution sounds more sophisticated than the word "accidents." But in fact, they are exactly the same thing because the word "evolution" does not represent any tantible object, it is simply a claim that there is no God!!!
More About Cells
I haven't said much about the sophistication of cells, which Darwin certainly didn't know much about. There are many very, very smart people today who have a PhD degree in "Cell Biology" or "Microbiology" or "Genetics."
Here is an incredible quote from a book called "Evolution: A Theory In Crisis" by creationist (i.e. anti-evolutionist) Michael Denton:
Michael Denton is essentially saying that accidents (i.e. evolution) could not have created a single living cell, much less TWO BILLION types of cells!!!
Read that quote two or three times, it is an amazing statement.
But note that when a cell divides into two cells, all of this intricate molecular machinery needs to be REPLICATED!!!! Are you serious???? That would be like designing a copy machine that could copy a lawn mower and create a new lawnmower!!!! Think about what it would take to do that!!!
Here is another excellent quote about cells:
I could go on and on about DNA and cells.
But let me way one more thing about cells. It is generally accepted that there have been about ten million animal species on this planet. While nine million of them are extinct, even the extinct species had to be created!!!
If we assume that the average animal species has 200 unique types of cells for that species, then there have been TWO BILLION types of cells which have existed, or curently exist.
Let us assume that scientists had accss to all of these 2 billion cell types. Do you know how many of these cell types that cell biologists today fully unerstand??? ZERO!!!
It takes four very sophisticated DNA strands to create a new species (I won't go into detail here). This mans that it took 40,000,000 DNA strands to create this many animal species. Guess how many of these DNA strands are fully understood by cell biologists today. Yup, ZERO!!!
Here is something even more amazing. There is zero evidence that there were any defects in these cell types or DNA strands??? Yea, God is smart!!! The mindless accidents of evolution would create nothing but accidents!!!
The truth is that the Universe, all animal DNA, all animal cell types were designed and created by God, or others that He delegated to do certain tasks.
Because of the sohistication of all things, today's atheists need to become really good story tellers!!!
As scientists learn more and more about DNA, cells, astronomy, etc. their "stories" that God does not exist need to get better and better!!!
But quite frankly that is not enough!!! As the knowledge of scientists grows in terms of the sophistication of cells and the sequence of nucleotides on DNA strand (a unique sequence of nucleotides is called a "permutation" of nucleotides), the gap between the intelligence of God and human intelligence gets bigger and bigger!!!
Here is another example of the intelligence of God: there are 43,200,000,000 different ways that a human DNA strand can be sequenced!!!! Only an incredibly, incredibly, incredibly small percent of these permutations would create a viable human being. Well, DNA is not the only thing that is involved in the cell divisions needed to create a baby, the spirit of the baby is actually the main thing that controls the cell divisions to create a new baby!!!!
There are so many, many other things I could talk about. Remember my website has four free eBooks and dozens of articles!!! The home page alone is about 80 pages long if you printed it out!!
The Enemies Of Truth Today
While I believe that Darwin had integrity, and that he wanted to know the truth, such is not the case with some of the 'scientists" today!!!
There are many atheists and evolutionists today who know everything I have mentioned above yet they still claim there is no God!!!
The problem today is not a lack of knowledge, it is a lack of interest in the TRUTH!!!
Their problem can be summed up in one word: PRIDE!!!
People like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, etc. etc. cannot tolerate that some God would be better than they are!!! They are full of a love of themselves.
If Darwin were alive today I doubt that he would fit in with Dawkins or Hitchens or any of the top atheists such as Michael Martin or Peter Singer.
In other words, I do not picture Darwin as someone who hated truth and was only looking for any possible excuse to not believe in God iike many people today are doing!!! His dispute with the relitionists of his day was not about truth, it was about dogma. In fact, near the end of his life, answering a letter from John Fordyce, Darwin claimed that he had never been an atheist!!!
My vote is that if Darwin had been born 50 years ago that today he would have been a Christian who believed in God!!! I think he will do very well on Judgmenet Day.
R. Webster Kehr, Lees Summit, Missouri (I am not in the phone book because I live with one of my daughter's and her family, my email address is at the bottom of the home page of this website).