Biochemical systems reveal an undisputable appearance of purposeful design. The question at the center of the intelligent design/creation/evolution controversy relates to the source of the design. Is it the handiwork of a Creator? Or, is it the product of unguided, evolutionary processes? Is the design authentic? Or, is it only apparent? Many biologists maintain that life’s origin, design, and diversity are best explained as the outworking of evolutionary processes. As evidence for this view, they often point to so-called “bad” designs in biology. Why would an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good Creator produce a world characterized by imperfections? In this talk, biochemist Fazale Rana explores the typical responses Christian theists offer to the challenge from dysteleology and briefly discusses the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. In turn, he presents a framework that provides the means to interpret “bad” designs from a creation model/intelligent design perspective. Rana illustrates this framework using select examples of oft-cited imperfections in biochemical systems, including the enzyme Rubisco, futile cycles in metabolism, and the inefficiency of protein synthesis.
Fazale Rana will join a collection of speakers who seek to answer the question “Is the natural world good or evil?” at the Christian Scientific Society seminar.*
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