Richard Dawkins, atheist Oxford Professor of biology, who prefers to label himself as one of the militant atheists, contends that blind, mindless, and unguided processes have the ability and power to produce complex biological information, and that the intricate information contained in the DNA in the human genome containing 7 billion bits of information merely emerged out of matter in an automatic, mindless and unguided process. In The River Out of Eden, Dawkins further makes this astonishing statement: “The universe we observe has … no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. … DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule together with James Watson, made this statement: “You, your joys and sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” In other words, you are nothing but nerves and molecules-you have no spirit, no creative force within you, no freewill, no soul; just a random assemblage of atoms and molecules and nerves!!! Stephen Hawking further asserts that “”It is hard to imagine how free will can operate if our behavior is determined by physical law, so it seems that we are no more than biological machines and that free will is just an illusion.”

If all of the above is true and that there is no evil and no good; that we merely dance to the music of DNA, then what do we say about morality? Why should anyone be held responsible for crime if they are merely helplessly dancing to the tune of their DNA? Why should did we have Nuremberg trials? Why was the Rwandan genocide abhorrent? Why were we so shocked about the carnage at Columbine and Virginia Tech and many others?

However, some scientists take a different view from all this. They do not relish in pitting science against religion. Scientists such as Dr. Fritz Schaefer, III do not relish in pitting science against religion. Schaefer makes this statement: “The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’ My goal is to understand a little corner of God’s plan.” Francis Collins, physician-geneticist who led the Human Genome Project (HGP) has written a book titled The Language of God in which he tries to help people address the confusion caused by the conflict between science and religion. It seems that he has managed to demonstrate that science and religion are compatible. God reveals his creative genius by revealing the laws of nature.

I am not proselytizing, nor am I trying to convince anyone to believe in a particular manner. I am only challenging us to think, critically, and analyze the arguments advanced by both sides and make intelligent choices.

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