Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge August 3, 2017
Regarding God's Creation
! Webinar link:
The First Living Cell - How Could It Happen?
The typical evolutionary exposition
runs on and on about random mutations acted on by natural selection. Their implication is that that this simple mechanism can explain everything alive and that there is no plan or purpose involved - just natural random events. Creationists rightly counter that the patterns attributed to common descent could be the
product of design by an intelligence. So, these patterns are evidence of a common designer as much as anything else. This discussion has received much well-deserved attention but it completely passes over an issue that is even more important.
The origin of the first living and self-reproducing cell
is by far the most important issue. It is critically important because without a living and self-reproducing cell no selection of mutations is possible and evolution is then impossible. Further, life cannot start from an accumulation of simple random processes because life processes are carried on by molecular machines which require a large set of coordinated proteins that make up the working parts of the machine. An example of what is meant by a molecular machine can be found in the short video on ATP synthase found here.
(Don't get hooked while you are there because these videos are
really fascinating.) There are very many other molecular machines and they all require a large number of very specific proteins that must fit together and work together like parts of a complex machine. A random change or random assembly simply will not work. We will show that a system of proteins is impossible by random chance events even under the most ideal conditions.
The first cell must also exclude all of the wrong kind or shape of molecules because the wrong ones would "gum up the works" or stop it like "a wrench thrown into a gearbox". All of the parts of the necessary molecular machines must come together at the same place at the same time and at that same time and place a large variety of other proteins and other molecule must be excluded. But what would bring in only the right things and exclude all else? Not random chance!
How simple could the first living cell be?
Simpler would mean easier and many scientists have speculated on just how simple
the first cell could possibly be and still get life started. The famed scientist Craig Venter estimated that it might be possible with a system of only 387 different proteins working together. Now that doesn't mean that he could specify what proteins they would be, nor would he be able to put them together in a living cell even if he had the correct building blocks!
Interestingly, a little while back, Venter and his research team took parts of different cells and reassembled them in another cell. The press reported that they had made an artificial cell as if they had designed and made the system and all of the parts they used. But nothing of the sort is true. Nor is anything like that within sight.
In our August 3 GHCA presentation, The First Living Cell, we will examine just how unlikely it is to get any specific protein that would work together with others in a molecular machine even under ideal
laboratory conditions. We will work with simple principles and simple language and show the insurmountable obstacles. There is not enough material or time in the universe to get a functioning system of proteins even under ideal laboratory conditions. We will also consider how much worse a natural environment makes the problem. We will also consider the possibility of what might happen to the first protein molecule while you are waiting for another to form by random chance in the same place in the universe! We will also look at what is wrong with some common textbook illustrations students will look at this fall.
August 3, 2017
The First Living Cell - How Could It Happen?
presented by Frank Mayo
Meeting space kindly provided at:
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Blessings to all,
Summer is for Families! But school starts soon and the evolution indoctrination will start too.
Come and bring your students, friends, skeptics, or pastors! All are welcome to bring their questions and join the discussion.
There will be great fellowship, snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well.
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Prayer Needs and Praises!
Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for protection for and support from Christian organizations in the West.
is said to be recovering well now. But continue to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA (Logos Research Ass.)
the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing.
GHCA and Roger Sigler, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo a
other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. We all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding.
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:
Give thanks for continued good health and continued production of great creation DVDs and speaking tours.
David and Mary Jo Nutting, f
ounders of Alpha Omega Institute. Pray for their speaking staff and continued training young speakers.
John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba! Pray for support and funds.
News from Houston, Texas & around the World
Let us know of events in Houston (just reply to this email newsletter).
Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Jim's Restaurant located on the corner of Ramsey and San Pedro, approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410 across from Hovey's Motor Cars. More info is at
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm of the first Tuesday of each month.
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,