28 May 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Did Life Really Come Here From Out There?

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

Many evolutionists believe that if they ever find life on another planet, this will prove evolution is true. If it really would prove evolution, then the existence of life on this planet would have settled the argument long ago. However, many evolutionists are starting to see that the beginnings of life could never have evolved here.

They are starting to say that life actually came here from out there. For almost 50 years creationists have said that Stanley Miller's 1953 classic experiment on the origin of life didn't prove anything (see any high school or college biology book). Even Miller's most diehard fans are now finally starting to agree (Science News, 5/19/01, p317). Since they don't believe in a literal creation by a literal Creator, and they also can no longer believe that the first chemicals of life could have evolved here many of them now believe that the main chemicals necessary for life must have come here from outer space.

Jennifer Blank of UC Berkeley believes that the chemicals came here on comets or meteorites. Seiji Sugita of the University of Tokyo believes that a meteorite made of iron could destroy the oxygen in the air around the area where it hit the ground. (That is important, because any oxygen would destroy these chemicals before life could have a chance to evolve from them!) Duncan Steel of U of Salford in England says that the chemicals hitched a ride on small grains of space dust. Christopher McKay of NASA agrees with Steel and calculates that these chemicals could exist in space for "thousands of years." Of course, evolutionary astronomers believe that the universe existed for nearly ten billion years before the earth even took shape. This means the chemicals would have to be formed somewhere and then somehow get to Earth before they went stale. Of course, if everything is only 6000 years old (as creationists believe), then a lot of these chemicals really could still be around from the beginning the universe.

An astronomer on the Canary Islands has detected a star that has too much lithium-6. The lithium would have burned up within 30 million years (Nature, 5/10/01). Since he believes that the star is much older than that (way older than 6000 years, that is), he has suggested the only thing he can think of to explain away the extra lithium. The star must have sucked in one or two of its planets recently.

Oh please. I'm not asking evolutionists to give up just to confess that they're guessing, like everyone else in science does. Adam Burrows of U of Arizona in Tuscson at least admits, "we don't know in detail how stars [and planets] form" (Science News, 5/19/01, p312). If you read the extremely detailed explanations of "stellar evolution" in college astronomy books, you wouldn't imagine how Burrows could say something like this. I'm only asking for a little more honesty from my evolutionist colleagues. Please stop telling people that you are sure that you know what you are talking about when we all know that any science related to the origins of things is mostly speculation. No scientist (including creationists) should be giving the public the idea that they know a fact, when they are really only making a guess.

Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.

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