That is why I found it strange that Dr. Coyne wrote, “Averick…thinks he’s struck the Achilles heel of evolution by arguing that we know nothing about the origin of life…”
The fact that we know nothing about the origin of life is not the Achilles heel of evolution – evolution can take place only after life begins – it is the Achilles heel of atheism. You see, Dr. Coyne is certain that one day scientists will propose/discover a plausible, empirically demonstrable, testable, and falsifiable natural pathway through which life could have emerged from non-life. I, on the other hand, confidently assert that the gaping chasm between non-life and life is so wide, that it is absurd to think that it could have been crossed by means of an unguided, naturalistic process. Bridging the gap between life and non-life is a fundamentally different type of challenge than bridging the gap between higher and lower forms of life: “The gulf between a mixture of simple chemicals and a bacterium is much more profound than the gulf between a bacterium and an elephant.” (the late Dr. Robert Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, NYU – not a supporter of ID theory) In my opinion, the astoundingly high level of functional complexity found in the “simplest” bacterium could only have been the result of an act of creation by a conscious intelligent agent.
The late Robert Shapiro here. Not to be confused with James Shapiro, author of Evolution: A view from the 21st century.
Moshe Averick is the author of The Confused, Illusory World of the Atheist.
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