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THE ATHEIST AND THE FIRST DOG



Posted: 01/28/09

The Atheist and the First Dog

Imagine being there when the first dog evolved. Let's say it's the African hunting dog (Lycaon pictus), the wild canid of Africa. There was a big bang, and millions of years later an animal with a tail and four legs, a liver, heart, kidneys, lungs, blood, ears and eyes evolved into the first dog. Fortunately for him, his eyes had evolved to maturity after millions of years of blindness, so that he could see the first female dog that had evolved standing by him. It was actually very fortunate, because if the female dog hadn't evolved also and been at the right place at the right time, with the right parts and the willingness to mate, he would have been a dead dog. He needed a female to keep the species alive.

When some thinking person on an atheist blog said, "It is my understanding that the evolution of sex remains something of an unexplained mystery," there was a quick reply: "Nope. For example, the selective advantage has recently become clear: it serves to keep transposable elements from completely taking over the genome."

Let me paraphrase what our "I haven't a clue, so I will blind him with science" atheist just said: "The evolution of sex is not an unexplained mystery at all. For example the natural selecting choice for the best that evolution makes has recently become clear. It serves to keep the movable material from completely taking over the genome (a genome is a full set of chromosomes; all the inheritable traits of an organism). If you are not sure what chromosomes are, they are a threadlike linear strand of DNA and associated proteins in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells that carries the genes and functions in the transmission of hereditary information. If you are not sure what eukaryotic cells are, they comprise all of the life kingdoms except monera. Eukaryotic cells also contain many internal membrane-bound structures called organelles. These organelles such as the mitochondrion or chloroplast serve to perform metabolic functions and energy conversion.

"So that's how you can know for sure that the female dog evolved at just the right time, at the right location, at just the right age, with the exact reproducing female parts to mate and keep the species alive. Keep repeating to yourself that evolution makes sense, and that it's extremely scientific. I know that it is intellectually beyond you, but we have all the answers. Trust me."

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By Ray Comfort

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Interesting...
Posted On: 03/19/09 04:04:15 PM Age 30, MD
"Second, there's nothing wrong with there being things that cannot be explained by science. Science is, after all, a search for explanations. There are evolutionary questions that science can explain, and others that it cannot now explain. That's the nature of any science. The lack of an explanation is not a problem." This is an interesting statement. Since "there's nothing wrong with there being things that cannot be explained by science", would it be fair then to say that there are faith/spiritual questions that science cannot now explain & that the lack of an explanation is not a problem?



Yes, but science does propose to ANSWER questions, not avoid them.
Posted On: 01/29/09 10:17:02 PM Age 43, ND
I understand your point and it has some validity. However science proposed to answer questions and the science that came up with the Big Bang Theory to answer some questions, created some unexplained questions at the same time. These questions are much more difficult to explain than the original questions. Your proposal that just because it doesn't have the answers yet does not mean that their theory isn't right. I will grant you that, but the same argument is just as valid when it comes from any other point of view or theory, and therefore it is meaningless. Who has the best answers now? I would suggest that its not the scientist who came up with the gobbledygook answer shown in the article.

???
Posted On: 01/29/09 06:01:39 PM Age 31, CA
Referring to your third point. Which simpler organism exactly are you talking about? Is their any evidence for this "simpler organism"? If so what?



a few points
Posted On: 01/29/09 08:59:22 AM Age 38, TX
Several points. First, the original responder merely said that there is an evolutionary advantage to sexual reproduction, and tried to suggest what it was. There's nothing wrong with that in itself, though I suspect that it's not the kind of explanation you are looking for. Second, there's nothing wrong with there being things that cannot be explained by science. Science is, after all, a search for explanations. There are evolutionary questions that science can explain, and others that it cannot now explain. That's the nature of any science. The lack of an explanation is not a problem. Third, obviously sexual reproduction would have begun long before dogs, in a much simpler organism.

Science/ Srong Delusion
Posted On: 01/29/09 08:44:25 AM Age 45, TN
I'm convinced that my mind would have been held captive by the strong delusion of so-called Science had it not been for the grace of God and bold witnesses like Ray Comfort. Thanks Ray, keep on telling the truth.

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