Molecular Machine

“To get a cell by chance would require at least one hundred functional
proteins to appear simultaneously in one place. That is one hundred simultaneous events each of an independent probability
which could hardly be more than 10 20.” 1
Michael Denton

Night skies showcase multiples of ten million bright lights set against a dark field of infinite space. On a micro scale, invisible to the human eye, the simplest cell imaginable boasts a format of “supreme technology and bewildering complexity” built from “about ten million atoms.” 2

Canadian Goose

© Chuck Nelson


Every living cell powering this elegant
Canada Goose flying machine, is infinitely more complex
than any mechanism ever designed by human genius.

Primitive wisdom envisioned cells as little more than infinitesimal pieces of cytoplasm, “a relatively disappointing spectacle appearing only as an ever-changing and apparently disordered pattern of blobs and particles.” 3

Biochemist Michael Denton’s vision of a living cell, examined under the probing eye of an electron microscope, opened vistas nineteenth century evolutionists never imagined. “There is little doubt that if this molecular evidence had been available one century ago it would have been seized upon with devastating effect by the opponents of evolution theory…and the idea of organic evolution might never have been accepted.” 4

The overwhelming discontinuity at nature’s molecular level is highlighted in Denton’s Evolution: A Theory in Crises where he compares the living cell to a “microminiaturized factory.”

The tiniest bacteria cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 gms, each is in effect a veritable microminiaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machine built in the non-living world…

Nor is there the slightest empirical hint of an evolutionary sequence among all the incredibly diverse cells on earth…

“The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great

that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown

together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable event.

Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle.” 5

Throughout the early post-Darwin era, fossil bones anchored pre-history investigations, providing thin grist for Darwinian conjecture. In one giant leap beyond academia’s near-sighted focus on fossils, intricacies of the complex cell took center stage driven by electron microscope scrutiny. Molecular biologists pulled back the curtain concealing the previously unseen and unknown. Eyes of discovery marvel in wonder at a pulsating package of coordinated microscopic motors driving life’s synchronized system.

The cell has emerged as a vibrant speck of organic life, more complex than any machinery yet designed by human intelligence. What once had been dismissed as bland bits of protoplasm jumped out as genetic treasure troves driving diversified life formats. Insightful discoveries revealed by molecular biology heralded a wake-up call for propagators of the chance hypothesis.

With the advent of molecular biology, the mystery of life’s origin shifted from obsession with bits and pieces of fossils to the microscopic mother lode of information.

Relying on the power of the microscope, only four years after the 1925 Scopes trial, H. G. Wells and Julian S. Huxley spotted “snakelike threads” writhing “slowly through the cell” which they called “mitochondria” while noting they could see nothing “inside the nucleus but a clear fluid.” 6

Once the electron microscope debuted with magnification capability of a million times, researchers devoured an unfolding panorama of knowledge.

This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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