Chapter eight Summary Notes by Lee Strobel.

The Case for a Creator Chapter 8

-The evidence of biochemistry:

 The complexity of molecular machines


-Michael Behe was taught that God set up the universe in which he knew what was going to happen and intended for life to come into existence. From our perspective this all occurred through Darwinian evolution.

-Later as a college student, he would question how life could arise by natural processes.

-National Review labeled his stunning conclusions as one of the most important non-fiction books of the twentieth century.

Interview #6 Michael J. Behe, PHD

- Behe received in chemistry and a doctorate in biochemistry and could show strong evidence for a designer that created tiny complex molecular machines that drive the cellular world.

Peering Inside the Black Box

- The term black box is used when describing a system or machine that they find interesting but they do not understand how it works.

- In Darwin’s day the cell was a black box. They did not how it worked or functioned, but they could see movement and dividing.

-  Most scientists thought that the deeper they would study the cell the simpler it would become. What happened however was the opposite and they found it much more complex.

- Darwin said that if any complex organism existed which could not possibly have been formed my slight modifications; then his theory would break down.

- A complex system has many different parts all working together. And if one part were removed the system would not function.

- Behe gave an example of a mousetrap. A mousetrap has a flat wooden platform, a metal hammer, a spring, a catch and a release, and a metal bar. All of these components have to be there in the right relation to each other in order for it to work. If not then the mousetrap is useless. The same is true for Darwinian evolution.

-Life is based on molecular machines.

Messing with the Mousetrap

            – John McDonald claimed that mousetraps could work well with fewer parts then what Behe describes. Behe however says that the point is how much complexity there is not how to make it simpler.

            – Kenneth Miller raised the objection that if you take apart each individual piece of the mousetrap it can function as many different things.

            – Behe said that the issue remains still if slight variations can combine these parts. He also says Miller is starting from an assembled mousetrap and disassembling it to form other purposes for the parts instead of starting with components then making them  into a mousetrap.

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