One of the curious things about the world is how well everything works together. All sorts of systems and plants and creatures are interrelated in incredibly complex ways. The new field of Systems Biology is a case in point; there is a growing realization that everything relies on something else to live and grow.
I started to comprehend this when I read Kurt Wise’s fascinating book Devotional Biology. In his chapter on God’s goodness, he explains:
“A good creator Who wishes to illustrate His goodness might well design the biological world in a state of mutual cooperation rather than conflict. In fact, it seems the original creation was created with an abundance of mutualism.” – Kurt Wise
Kurt describes all sorts of these mutual relationships: bark and moss, anemone fish and sea anemones, flowers and insects, plants and fungi, animals in a coral reef and photosynthetic bacteria, and the list goes on and on. In his chapter God as the sustainer, he talks about the “biogeochemical cycles” in creation that sustain living systems: the carbon cycle, the phosphorous cycle, the nitrogen cycle, the water cycle. Kurt calls these systems the biomatrix: “when all these cycles are considered together, it is apparent that God created a complex network of organisms to make life possible on this planet.”
The truth is that the creation is far more interrelated and interdependent than anyone can possibly comprehend.
A Lot of Togetherness
This brings me to a key point that Rob Carter makes in the film. Rob is talking about the genome and how complex it is: “You can’t build something like that one thing at a time. You need it to function in all its interlocking four-dimensional complexity. It’s not something you can do one letter at a time with natural selection…. In the same way, when we talked about the environment out here on the coral reef, if you don’t have all these interlocking pieces of that puzzle you don’t have that ecology. The system will come crashing down if you just remove a couple of very important factors that are there. They have to be together or it doesn’t happen.”
I think this observation about the incomprehensible interconnectivity and mutual reliance of everything in the world is an extremely compelling argument for creation in six normal days. God created everything fully functional and working together as interdependent systems and structures and communities. This is exactly what we see in the text: trees and plants are just a few days before birds and fish and animals; light is just a few days before trees and plants; the atmosphere just a day to a few days before living things. Everything was created in a near-simultaneous way to ensure that everything could work together.
This is an amazing aspect of God’s creation. When we were talking with Paul Nelson, the topic came up in light of the intelligent design we see in a single cell in comparison to one of the greatest computers ever designed.
Paul pointed out: “If you’re dealing with the historical question of the origin of the universe and the origin of everything in the universe, including life and you and me, that’s an ambitious program and you’re going to need a model, an account, a paradigm that deals with every single detail.”
Evolution & Computers
Paul’s interview was just fantastic, and, like many of the other scientists, I just wasn’t able to include as much as I would have liked to have included. His understanding and application of principles of Intelligent Design to the world around us is unparalleled.
When he and Del were walking around the museum, another question came up about the idea of evolution and computers. Coincidentally, the excellent exhibit at the Computer History Museum was entitled R|EVOLUTION – it was very appropriately named, we thought.