By Brian Tipton | October 9, 2007
A surprising application was made near the end of may that has caught the attention of some. Researchers have filed a patent application with the US Patent Office #20070122826 which is an application for the construction of a new life-form. That’s right. A new, never before in existence, life-form. The abstract reads:
The present invention relates, e.g., to a minimal set of protein-coding genes which provides the information required for replication of a free-living organism in a rich bacterial culture medium, wherein… [science-babble that I find fascinating but would probably bore you]
Why is this interesting? Once life has been “constructed” from the chemicals and amino acids theorized to be present at the big bang, we have a materialist model for the construction of the universe that does not require the existence of God. Do I have your attention now?
So how are Christians supposed to respond? Intelligently and honestly; not like the Catholic Church did with Galileo. Now before we jump to any conclusions, there are a lot of people wondering if they have done what they claim. But, if they have indeed constructed a life from from proteins, etc., they have indeed created ‘life’ at least they have constructed a living organism1 then Christians are going to have to wrestle with this. What does Genesis 1 really prove? What is it really trying to say?
Take a step back…breathe….think…contemplate. For me, this does not rule out God even in the least and doesn’t even shake my faith. A while back, it would have, but not now. Perhaps I will blog more on why this is true in the near future.
What say you?
- This may be different from the concept of creating life which may or may not include the methods and components necessary for life.[↩]