|Salmonella Propulsion Apparatus|
In an earlier post I made reference to the work of Michael Behe (professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University). Behe challenges Darwinian theories of evolution. He proposed the concept of "irreducible complexity". His argument is that, when scientists stumble upon a biological mechanism of spectacular complexity AND they discover that the mechanism could not have survived or replicated without all of its components fully in place, then they must conclude that the mechanism COULD NOT have "evolved" into its current complexity.
Behe's thinking is that there are millions of mechanisms in living creatures (eyesight, blood-clotting, etc.) which could not have gradually developed. He insists that, if we examine these complex mechanisms (like even the simple mouse-trap) we must conclude that they were designed purposefully. He avoids trying to identify the "Designer", but it is clear that he accepts God and denounces Darwin and his evolutionist followers.
Behe has stirred up a vigorous controversy. Some detractors insist that his irreducible complexity model is not falsifiable (and is thus mere speculation), yet they are hardly in a position to falsify it anyway. Plus, proving the alleged occurrence of a hugely complex series of molecular biochemical evolutionary mutations is about as difficult as proving that Noah put many animals on his arc. The following graphic shows some of the molecular structure of the base of the flagellum (whip propeller) which allows Salmonella bacteria to swim. Remember that this critter is one cell. The work is done by molecules and compounds.
When this machinery is assembled in this organism, the pieces and parts seem to "know" where they belong. That is absurd, of course, because the little molecules that make up the various departments of a cell do not have a "brain". Nevertheless, they are clearly equipped with some sort of programming code that governs their assembly and reproduction. Where is that "data" stored?
I came across a short video which depicts the assembly process of this amazing apparatus. Please watch it and ask yourself if you believe that this mechanism came into existence by evolutionary accident. My opinion is that the people who argue so vociferously for the belief in evolution desperately hope that there is not a God (and all of the absoluteness that comes therewith). CLICK on this website - -
Bacterial Flagellum - A Sheer Wonder Of Intelligent Design
then CLICK THE PLAY > ARROW
then watch carefully the intelligent design work of God.
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