Science Resurrects God’s Magic

Science is a tool to reveal the design of God’s creation. Happy Easter!

Do you agree with Nietzsche saying “God is Dead”?

If God is Dead, who or what replaced him?

Many think science did, but the jokes on you…

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Science Makes God Live

Conducting science is all about understanding the world we live in.

According to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 9 broad scientific fields have been created to accomplish this goal. Have we done it? No, not even close. But certainly closer than we were yesterday.

Science is amazing because people can spend their lives building the knowledge base only to have someone else come along, strike it big, and win the Nobel Prize. Science is altruistic in this way and good scientists hold the pursuit of truth at the top of their value hierarchy.

In seeking to uncover the truth, science reveals the ultimate source of that truth – God.

Science makes generalizations about God’s creations and illuminates them in a way our tiny brains can understand. Often, generalizing something omnipotent comes with error because how can humans possibly understand God? Things in the lab often don’t work in nature and vice versa. God laughs as humans try to contain him in a laboratory.

But there are times that he lets us in on the inner workings of his marvels.

The Marvel of DNA

No one would know what the universe without life would be like. Life is what makes this Earth what it is. Life is possibly God’s greatest creation.

What were his building blocks?

The Bible says it was mud and the breath of life. Science, as we all know, says it was DNA.

DNA is God’s Lego brick. In its literal sense, the Bible was wrong; however, Genesis was written thousands of years ago.

DNA was discovered in 1953. The Nobel Prize for this landmark discovery went to James Watson and Francis Crick. However, many argue that Rosalind Franklin deserved the praise. Revolutionary discoveries are built upon advancements made in the past. There is no science without the collective community building upon past discoveries of colleagues and those who came before them. Most of the time it is done in good faith, but as was the case with DNA, its discovery was built on controversy.

Rosalind Franklin vs. Crick & Watson

I don’t know what’s worse: two scientists squaring off in the ring or two YouTubers.

Thankfully scientists are typically not the athletic type. They do, however, compete intellectually. Even though science is built on altruism through building on past efforts, there is always a desire to be the one making the BIG discovery.

It’s a bit unfair when your life’s work serves as a crucial component for someone else’s Nobel prize.

This happened during the discovery of DNA by Watson and Crick.

Todd, Chargaff, Pauling – those last names probably don’t ring a bell. That’s because they didn’t discover the structure of DNA. Nevertheless, these men made some vital discoveries that Crick and Watson used to infer the structure.

The Missing Piece to the Puzzle

Watson and Crick needed to make a 3D model of DNA. The overall structure eluded them, until….

They snuck into the back door of Franklin’s lab, evaded the laser security system, and reached the coveted, yet blurry, picture of DNA. Their eyes were on the Nobel Prize. To win, they just needed more information, and Rosalind Franklin had it.

Scientists aren’t exactly the James Bond type.

What really happened was this:

Rosalind Franklin had toiled to make an image of DNA using X-Ray Crystallography, a technique used to make images of really small things. Then one day, her colleague showed the image to Watson and Crick.

Watson and Crick fully deserved the Nobel Prize (awarded to them in 1962) – it takes hard work and ingenuity to synthesize bits and pieces of past discoveries into one coherent, revolutionary model. Franklin deserved the Nobel Prize as well, and had she been alive, she would’ve received it. 

During Franklin’s last years, she befriended the two legends and had no animosity toward them. Talk about sportsman… I mean sciencemanship.

Conclusion

The discovery of DNA had led to some great applications:

  • Biotechnology – using biology as machines to produce all kinds of things
  • Understanding Evolution – through using the level of DNA relatedness between species
  • Precision Medicine and Gene Therapy – the potential cure for heritable diseases

As science progresses, we come to understand the natural world more and apply that understanding to better humanity.

Our natural world persists because of the interconnectedness of being built upon DNA as the foundation. Yet even though we know the building blocks, there is no way of expressing the whole of life in a logical, science-oriented framework.

God lets us in on slivers of his magic through science.

But as the old adage goes,

A magician never fully reveals his secrets.

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