A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers’ eyes. It’s the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait.
You’ve all heard it before, the Intelligent Design argument that life can’t change and adapt “randomly.” Life couldn’t have come about by “random chance.” Or, even better, that evolution is completely random, and therefore, could not result in the life we have on the planet as it is today… something about a tornado making a 747 jet in a junkyard? Well, stick a fork in that argument… she’s done.
Evolution has been observed in the laboratory. That’s right, a completely random genetic mutation has occurred which provides a benefit to a species – specifically the E. coli bacteria.
The E. coli bacteria had previously not been able to metabolize citrate (citric acid). But, through a random evolutionary mutation, this particular strand now has that capability.
This is no small change, either. This inability for E. coli to metabolize citrate is actually how scientists distinguish E. coli from different species of bacteria. This is direct evidence that random genetic mutations can absolutely result in new species. The article from New Scientist says…
Lenski’s experiment is also yet another poke in the eye for anti-evolutionists, notes Jerry Coyne, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago. “The thing I like most is it says you can get these complex traits evolving by a combination of unlikely events,” he says. “That’s just what creationists say can’t happen.”
It’s not like evolution was ever in question before, but this is one key piece of evidence that really wasn’t seen up until now. Most macro-evolution takes place on such a large scale that our life-spans are simply too short to witness it take place… things that occur over thousands or even millions of years.
Now the only way that I.D.’ers can really refute this evidence is through pure denialism, or pulling the Conspiracy Theory card. You know… more bad logic and whatnot. Or they’ll just say it contradicts the Bible, so it didn’t really happen. You know the deal.
What Are The Implications Of This?
Direct physical evidence of the mechanism of evolution is devastating not only to the Intelligent Design proponents, but also devastating to the Christian religion as a whole. Why is this?
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is based on the fact that Adam and Eve committed the first (original) sin in the Garden of Eden. According to the Bible, there was no death, no suffering and no sin prior to Adam and Eve eating of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Genesis 1:29-30 says…
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
But since we’ve physically witnessed the process of evolution taking place, this totally negates the need for a crucifixion. Since evolution is true, that means there was suffering and death (animals feeding upon each other) on the planet before the existence of the alleged “Adam and Eve.” Everything was not so good as the Bible claims.
And if there is no need for a crucifixion, then Christianity is rendered invalid at its source. That is why this discovery is so important.
Again, I’ll just say that this will obviously be overlooked by the Intelligent Design proponents, refuted with bad logic and denialism.
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