Does cancer disprove intelligent design? Two views
|August 26, 2018||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, theistic evolution|
So thinks theistic evolutionist Joshua Swamidass at Biologos.
It turns out that evolutionary theory is indispensable to understanding cancer. The link I offered above leverages evolution for just this purpose. … From this body of work, we can see the evolution of new functions (new information!), neutral theory, and the effectiveness of obtuse metrics like Ks/Ka ratios. It would hard to imagine rejecting evolution of species without somehow forgetting everything we have learned about the evolution of cancer.
A rough analogy would be to compare the rusting of steel with the smelting of iron ore. We see the same chemical pattern, namely, the inter-conversion of iron and iron oxide. Rusting converts iron to iron oxide, and smelting converts iron oxide to iron. The two are polar opposites. The first is explained by unguided natural processes, but the second requires intelligent design. The Iron Age would not have happened without human intelligence.
So cancer might exemplify the process of unguided evolution, but it certainly does not disprove intelligent design.
Readers? What do you think?
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