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LaFawn CreweNSCI 110Lab 3 Part 1Lab #3, The Origins of LifeIn this lab, you will explore various solutions to the Origins of Life and evaluate Christian responses to theongoing field of research.Threatened by a Naturalistic Origins of LifeWhile we might feel threatened by Origins of Life research, Kyle Greenwood proposes a possible solutionon p.205 of Chapter 8 of Scripture and Cosmology. He writes that,“Often this threat stems from the so-called God-of-the-gaps idea, in which it is only in the inexplicable that we find God. But as human investigation delves deeper into the mysteries of the universe—both at the macroscopic and microscopic levels—there is less and less to relegate to the mystery of the divine.”To this, he provides the solution that:“This ought not be. If, as Scripture asserts, God reveals himself in creation, then the more we learn abouthis wondrous works, the more we learn about the God who fashioned them.”Major in the Majors, God is the CreatorAs theologian John Walton writes in The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate in Proposition 16 of that book:Though the Bible upholds the idea that God is responsible for all origins (functional, material or other-wise), if the Bible does not offer an account of material origins we are free to consider contemporary explanations of origins on their own merits, as long as God is seen as ultimately responsible. Therefore whatever explanation scientists may offer in their attempts to explain origins, we could theoretically adopt it as a description of God’s handiwork. Scientific discussions of origins include a variety of different sciences including physics, geology, biochemistry and biology. As we consider these areas we might say that if there was a big bang (the current leading scientific explanation adopted by physicists and cosmologists), that is a description of how God’s creation work was accomplished. If it turns out that some other explanation works better, God was at work through that. If the universe is expanding, God is at work. If geological strata were laid down eon by eon, God is at work. If various life forms developed over time, God is at work. Since biological evolution is the hot spot for controversy, we will focus our attention on that aspect of origins.Whether or not you agree is not the point. The point that Greenwood and Walton are getting at is that we are free to explore as long as God is still the Creator. And indeed He is and always will be! So let’s not just insert God into the gaps of science, but instead come alongside those that devote their life to studying His creation and marvel in the wonders of the universe.
Science is Not Going to StopSo we will look at various solutions to this problem for the Origins of Life as despite the claims of well-meaning Christians that there will never be a ‘natural explanation’ for the Origins of Life, science is not going to stop.