Christian Darwinists talk around the slam-dunk “junk” DNA – Casy Luskin dissects
|June 1, 2011||Posted by News under 'Junk DNA'|
Whatever your theology, notice the significance of the fact that self-identified Christians were shown to be wrong because they made a prediction against God’s design in nature. It’s one thing to be wrong. It’s another to be wrong for discreditable reasons.
Here at Evolution News & Views (June 1, 2011), Casey Luskin reviews Giberson and Collins’ The Language of Science and Faith, a book outlining Christian Darwinism, BioLogos-style. He focuses here on the Christian Darwinist contention that non-coding (“junk”) DNA shows that God didn’t design humans:
Francis Collins’ Junk DNA Arguments Pushed Into Increasingly Small Gaps in Scientific Knowledge
…In his 2006 book The Language of God, leading theistic evolutionist Francis Collins made such an argument, claiming that caspase-12 is a functionless pseudogene and asks, “why would God have gone to the trouble of inserting such a nonfunctional gene in this precise location?”
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Such arguments are dangerous for those who make them, because they are based upon our lack of knowledge of these types of DNA. They amount to “evolution of the gaps” reasoning–because as we learn more and more about biology, we’re discovering more and more evidence of function for so-called “junk” DNA. The argument that much DNA is functionless junk, and thereby evidence for evolution, is relegated to gaps in our knowledge–gaps which are increasingly shrinking over time as science progresses.
But what if such DNA has function?
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Since writing The Language of God, Dr. Collins seems to have realized that it’s potentially dangerous and inaccurate to argue that much non-coding DNA is junk. More.
So now the Christian Darwinists will need other evidence of bad design instead, one supposes.
Here are our pieces on Collins backing away from the “junk DNA” concept. Here is our interview with embryologist Jonathan Wells, author of The Myth of Junk DNA. There he points out that an ID theorist predicted it wouldn’t be junk.