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Every House is Built By Someone     


I've just recently become aware of a fascinating new book. It has a tremendous message relevant to the evolution/creation issue, but since the message is anti-Darwinian, the public attention has been subdued.

Michael J. Behe is a 44 year-old biochemist at Lehigh University, and his book was released in the fall of last year, called DARWIN'S BLACK BOX: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. He begins with a premise stated by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species: "If it could be demonstrated that any complex existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would
absolutely break down."

Behe has done the lab work and he affirms that Darwin's challenge can be met. But more important, in meeting that challenge - there is the acknowledged role of an intelligent designer!

Behe's research has confirmed that "molecular machinery and complex systems in the cell are dependent upon far too many interconnected parts to have been built up gradually, step by tiny step, over time." In establishing this, Behe talks about a system that has a quality he calls "irreducible complexity." He explains: "...I simply mean it is a system composed of several well-matched interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning."

To illustrate this in ordinary language, Behe gives his readers and audiences a tour of the ordinary household item, the mousetrap! This has become his "trademark illustration of irreducible complexity." A recent article in Christianity Today explains: "After pointing out the five parts necessary for mousetrap function, he added, 'You need all the parts to catch a mouse. You can't catch a few mice with a platform, then add the spring and catch a few more, and then add the hammer and improve its function. All the parts must be there to have any function at all. The mousetrap is irreducibly
complex'." Likewise the cell is chocked full of systems like these that are irreducibly complex.

Further, Behe explains that "as you search the professional literature of the last several decades, looking for articles that have been published even attempting to explain the possible Darwinian step-by-step origin of any of these systems, you will encounter a thundering silence. Absolutely no one - not one scientist - has published any detailed proposal or explanation of the possible evolution of any such complex biochemical system. And when a science does not publish, it ought to perish." Thus, Darwin's own test flunks spectacularly at the molecular level.

Everywhere we look - in the universe, the earth, the human body, the human eye and the simple cell - evidence is abundant that "every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God," (Hebrews 3:4).

I'm indebted to Alan LaRue for calling this to my attention, and to a three-part article, "Meeting Darwin's Wager," located at the web site of Christianity Today. The article was written by Tom Woodward, 1997.

By Warren E. Berkley 
The Final Page
From Expository Files 4.6; June 1997