Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge May 4, 2017
Regarding God's Creation
Is Life Self-made ?
The secular authorities teach that life occurs spontaneously, that it is will naturally arise from an appropriate set of favorable conditions.
Conditions where the chemical components of life will self-organize purely out of natural forces that are entirely random and purposeless. This is what is taught at all educational levels and professed by every textbook. This is what stands as politically correct and anything to the contrary is not tolerated.
But of course, the Bible asserts in many places that the entire
physical universe as well as all life systems are the workmanship of God. This is purposeful design and careful deliberate implementation of that design.
What does the empirical science have to say? This is science that can be analyzed, predicted, and verified in laboratory experiments. Empirical science is what has generated all the laws of physics and chemistry and all our marvelous technology we now enjoy. This is the science that is reliable and productive. All scientists know this and strive for it.
In contrast there is historical or forensic science which tries to work with data about the past that cannot be observed or replicated in a laboratory. Historical science leaves the practitioners to
speculatively connect data points in a way that strongly depends on the assumptions they chose to make. So, each conclusion is often as much an assumption as it is anything else.
The issue of the origin of the first life arising from the inorganic chemicals found is nature is a problem that in some senses should be the easiest in the life sciences to solve. But even the top chemists have failed to do more than the most basic and speculative first steps toward what is needed for life. This is the result of decades of research by the best minds with the best laboratories with the funding and support of the top scientific establishments.
One of the hardest elements of that problem is that most of life's molecules are chiral having a left and right handed forms that occur
equally often in natural random chemical processes. That makes it essentially impossible to obtain the first life molecules because all life uses only one of the two forms. All amino acids have to be left handed while all sugars have to be right handed. Proteins and enzymes will not have functional shapes with right handed molecules thrown in. DNA and RNA will not have a functional shape with left-handed sugars thrown in. But chemists do not know how to get exclusively the correct handedness from natural chemistry! Thus, these life molecules cannot come out of natural random chemical processes.
Dr. James Tour at Rice University is one of the world's leading synthetic organic chemists and one of the few that speaks out about science's failed attempts to generate life from non-life while claiming success is just around the corner. You might enjoy his more technical commentary available
we will have another great presentation by Robert Brayton.
His title will be
Designer Genes: Autopoiesis
. Poiesis is the Greek word for "workmanship" found in Ephesians 2:10: "For we are His workmanship...". The atheistic worldview teaches the idea of autopoiesis - that the "workmanship" of our life-systems made themselves. Brayton will show
us the levels of chemical interaction implied by the naturalistic worldview: the chaos of random molecules and undirected energy. Then he will contrast that against the highly precise molecular information and nanosystems that are driven by exacting catalytic proteins that control the tightly regulated life-systems. The contrast will reveal the activity of God and make clear an excellent challenge for the naturalists.
rior to 2006 Brayton designed computer systems, including research in digital hardware, firmware and software with two patents for major companies. He studied at Purdue University, LeTourneau University, and the Texas School of Photography. As a Certified Professional Photographer, he now operates a photography business named
His other interests include astrophotography, art, music, and Mensa.
May 4, 2017
Designer Genes: Autopoiesis
by Robert Brayton
Meeting space kindly provided at:
Houston's First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Come explore the truth with us. It is strong evidence for a supernatural creation. Invite some friends, skeptics, or pastors! All are welcome to bring their questions and join the discussion after the presentation. Everyone present will also enjoy the fellowship, snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well
. Please forward this newsletter to all who might be interested. More information about GHCA is always at our website,
Looking forward to seeing you all,
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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
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Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
Friday, March 31st: Origin DVD, Greater Houston Premiere.
Is Genesis History?
Nationwide documentary movie event.
Sold out in many theaters in Houston and across the nation! Watch for the upcoming DVD, stopping for Q&A along the way.
See the key takeaways from the scientists here.
Dr. Del Tackett
, creator of The Truth Project,
travels the world interviewing scientists on site seeking answers to longstanding questions surrounding the book of Genesis.
The scientists interviewed include:
Steve Austin, PhD Geologist
Andrew Snelling, PhD Geologist
Arthur Chadwick, PhD Taphonomist
Marcus Ross, PhD Paleontologist
Kurt Wise, PhD Paleontologist
Robert Carter, PhD Marine Biologist
Kevin Anderson, PhD Microbiologist
Todd Wood, PhD Biologist
Danny Faulkner, PhD Astronomer
Paul Nelson, PhD Philos. of Sci.
Douglas Petrovich, PhD Archaeologist
Steve Boyd, PhD Hebraist
George Grant, PhD Pastor
Following the film, there will be a moderated on-screen discussion with Tackett and a panel of scientists and theologians regarding Genesis' impact on Christians today.
Take some friends! Plan a church event! Group rates available for more than ten.
A great way to get well informed even if your not sure you agree.
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,