“A TEAM OF BIOLOGISTS AND CHEMISTS,” the news item promises, “is closing in on bringing non-living matter to life.”
“A lab led by Jack Szostak, a molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School,” it continues, “is building simple cell models that can almost be called life.”
Almost. I see. But let’s read on a little more…
“Szostak’s protocells are built from fatty molecules that can trap bits of nucleic acids that contain the source code for replication. Combined with a process that harnesses external energy from the sun or chemical reactions, they could form a self-replicating, evolving system that satisfies the conditions of life, but isn’t anything like life on earth now, but might represent life as it began or could exist elsewhere in the universe.” (emphasis added).
So let me review. They’re going to bring non-living matter to life. But it will be life that’s nothing like the life on earth now. It could be self-replicating. It could satisfy “the conditions” of life. It might represent life as it first began—or as could exist elsewhere in the universe.
Sounds kinda “iffy” to me.
Call me not just skeptical, but if you so choose, narrow-minded, myopic, ignorant, or uninformed. But I’m planning to stay by the conviction that real life has only one Source and will never be successfully reproduced by even the most towering of human intellects.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” said the One who breathed life into the progenitors of the human race—the only One ever to resume living after dying.
I’m staying with Him.