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A View from the Altar / Primordial soup, hot and salty
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Primordial soup, hot and salty

Science Daily is reporting the death of a theory of life.  I mentioned a couple of days ago that one of the big gaps in evolutionary theory is the jump from minerals to life.  The original theory for how to get over that gap was that a body of water containing some basic compounds was subjected to ionizing radiation.  The radiation brought about combinations of these chemicals that would otherwise not be possible.  This happened enough times until something with the right properties formed.  The “right properties” would be something that starts water soluble, is relatively stable after it combines, an amino acid or precursor of some kind which was then able to combine with other substances.  In other words, they have no idea.

The Miller-Urey experiment conducted in the 1950s was pretty much the gold standard for defending this line of thinking.  They made a chemical soup and then passed an electric spark through it for about a week.  As creationists have pointed out for a long time, that experiment was carefully arranged to produce the desired results yet still failed.  You can read about it at Answers in Genesis, but the bottom line is that if you mix a grunch of organic chemicals together and spark them for a long time, you mostly produce a gob of tar.  Furthermore, in an atmosphere with molecular oxygen present, any amino acids which form get destroyed immediately.  Creationists have thus dubbed this failed theory as the “lightning strike in a mud hole,” a jibe which is accurate enough to outrage its proponents.

At last the evolutionists are catching up to us, sorta-kinda.  At least Science Daily has found one who no longer accepts the lightning-mud theory and has proposed a different theory.  The real story, he claims, is undersea volcanic vents.  They’ve got everything the evolutionist thinks is needed: chemicals, heat, not a lot of oxygen, and well, that’s about it.  Chemicals, heat, and not much O2.

This theory is going to go kaput for the same reason the lightning-mud theory did.  When put to the test of real experimentation, mixing chemicals and heat produces a lot of crud, most of it gray, none of it alive.

In the real world, it takes specially designed creatures to survive in the environment surrounding undersea volcanic vents.  They have to withstand complete darkness, temperatures of several hundred degrees, undersea pressures of over 4000 pounds per square inch, bizarre water chemistry, and extreme turbulence.  God equipped undersea bugs with ingenious methods of extracting energy from poisons like sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide and designed other creatures to coexist with them.

Of course I’m assuming that design implies a designer.  The evolutionist must argue clever design implies an accident that favored the outcome we presently see.  The basic outline of his argument is that a vat of salty, churning, high pressure sulfur water stacks the odds in favor of breeding — eventually — orangutans.

The creationist response is, I think, the scientific way  to approach the matter.  Based on a relentless demand for observation, the creationist humbly requests that the proponent of the undersea vent theory:  1) State a hypothesis for how this could happen based on what we know about physics and chemistry.  2) Make a prediction based on the theory.  3) Propose a controlled test.  4) Perform the test and show us the outcome.  5) Let other scientists repeat the experiment.  We’ll be waiting on the results.

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