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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Louis Pasteur - Christian, Creationist, Scientist of Scientists!

Louis Pasteur's scientific achievements are celebrated after the introduction.   One of the greatest scientists of all time...

A comic club does Darwinism...take my primordial soup, PLEASE!

Seriously, there ought to be one of the top comics out there doing a routine on Darwinism. There's a lot of raw material out there. Let's take "primordial soup." Now, have you ever seen primordial soup? You know, you go out walking in the woods and your girlfriend says, "Baby, don't step in that! It's primordial soup!" ...and you look down and see like this mud puddle in between a few rocks and, what the heck, you walk around it. You want to stop and study it for a minute, maybe ask it a question. "Hey, any proteins forming in there? Any RNA goin' on in there?"

"Don't bug me, I'm primordial soup, I take millions of years to cook."

Geez, I think I would stick with Campbell's.  How do scientists KNOW there was anything like primordial soup that allowed for the first life to form?  Well, they don't.  In fact, they are all over the map on the subject.  Some Darwinists think that life first formed around superheated underwater vents called "smokers" where the conditions are completely unfriendly to most life but a few bacteria and tubeworms and crabs and things manage to live in water hot enough to boil lobsters in depths that would crunch your lungs and some of these guys think THAT is where the first life began.   Oh, and there are these super cold methane vents in the Arctic, back to the soup.

Look, people, the joke is on you if you think any kind of life at all made itself in any kind of primordial soup or in hot, sulfurous water or on top of a hill or anywhere else.   The Law of Biogenesis states that life comes from life only.   Scientists of the 17th and 18th centuries nailed down this principle using the scientific method, rigorously testing and retesting the premise, the hypothesis, the theory which finally became a law.   A LAW.  You know, the kind of thing that scientists agree on after years of testing and research?  

So this is just hilarious...there are thousands of scientists vigorously trying to figure out how life came to be in a naturalistic materialistic Universe...while science has stated flatly that in the natural world life does not come from non-life.  I suppose a few decades of brainwashing by liberal teachers has given us a world where scientists who, to use an analogy, keep dropping ball bearings in various ways and from various heights hoping for the first one that will "fall up!"

Schools these days are working harder at training people to have careers and less concerned about the ability to think critically.   The man who was given credit for proving the Law of Biogenesis, Louis Pasteur, believed that God had created life.   But he did not just say, what the heck,  why do science if God did it all?   In fact he studied and poked and prodded the world seeking answers to various questions.  

Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) 

Seung Yon Rhee

Line drawing of Louis Pasteur drawn by
David Wood from Genentech, Inc. Graphics Department.
If one were to choose among the greatest benefactors of humanity, Louis Pasteur would certainly rank at the top. He solved the mysteries of rabies, anthrax, chicken cholera, and silkworm diseases, and contributed to the development of the first vaccines. He debunked the widely accepted myth of spontaneous generation, thereby setting the stage for modern biology and biochemistry. He described the scientific basis for fermentation, wine-making, and the brewing of beer. Pasteur's work gave birth to many branches of science, and he was singlehandedly responsible for some of the most important theoretical concepts and practical applications of modern science. 

Pasteur's achievements seem wildly diverse at first glance, but a more in-depth look at the evolution of his career indicates that there is a logical order to his discoveries. He is revered for possessing the most important qualities of a scientist: the ability to survey all the known data and link the data for all possible hypotheses, the patience and drive to conduct experiments under strictly controlled conditions, and the brilliance to uncover the road to the solution from the results.

On the discipline of rigid and strict experimental tests he commented, "Imagination should give wings to our thoughts but we always need decisive experimental proof, and when the moment comes to draw conclusions and to interpret the gathered observations, imagination must be checked and documented by the factual results of the experiment."

The famous philosopher Ernest Renan said of Pasteur's method of research, "This marvelous experimental method eliminates certain facts, brings forth others, interrogates nature, compels it to reply and stops only when the mind is fully satisfied. The charm of our studies, the enchantment of science, is that, everywhere and always, we can give the justification of our principles and the proof of our discoveries."

The pattern of logic in Pasteur's scientific career and the brilliance of his experimental method are well documented. It all started from studying crystal structure. As a student at the Ecole Normale, Pasteur observed that the organic compound tartrate, when synthesized in a laboratory, was optically inactive (unable to rotate the plane of polarized light), unlike the tartrate from grapes, because the synthetic tartrate is composed of two optically asymmetric crystals. With careful experimentation, he succeeded in separating the asymmetric crystals from each other and showed that each recovered optical activity. He then hypothesized that this molecular asymmetry is one of the mechanisms of life. In other words, living organisms only produce molecules that are of one specific orientation, and these molecules are always optically active.

This hypothesis was tested again by utilizing a synthetic tartrate solution that had been contaminated with mold. He found that this solution became more optically active with time and concluded that the mold was only utilizing one of the two crystals. Later in his career, he was approached with a contamination problem in alcoholic fermentation, which was thought to be an entirely chemical process at the time. After careful examination, he found that the fermenting solution contained optically active compounds and concluded that fermentation was a biological process carried out by microorganisms. This hypothesis, called the germ theory, was followed by many elegant experiments that showed unequivocally the existence of microorganisms and their effect on fermentation.

The germ theory was the foundation of numerous applications, such as the large scale brewing of beer, wine-making, pasteurization, and antiseptic operations. Another significant discovery facilitated by the germ theory was the nature of contagious diseases. Pasteur's intuited that if germs were the cause of fermentation, they could just as well be the cause of contagious diseases. This proved to be true for many diseases such as potato blight, silkworm diseases, and anthrax. After studying the characteristics of germs and viruses that caused diseases, he and others found that laboratory manipulations of the infectious agents can be used to immunize people and animals. The discovery that the rabies virus had a lag-time before inducing disease prompted the studies of post-infection treatment with weakened viruses. This treatment proved to work and has saved countless lives.

All of these achievements point to singular brilliance and perseverance in Pasteur's nature. His work served as the springboard for branches of science and medicine such as stereochemistry, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, immunology, and molecular biology. Moreover, his work has protected millions of people from disease through vaccination and pasteurization.


Make no mistake about it, Pasteur was a Christian but that did not hinder his science, in undergirded it.  This article underlines this and reveals him to be one of the absolute greats of science.

Louis Pasteur’s Views on Creation, Evolution, and the Genesis of Germs

No way do I publish the entire piece, it is great reading and very long. Those of you interested in his career can read it all.  Two excerpts:

"Louis Pasteur’s calling was to investigate God’s creation and to help mankind through his discoveries. Let no one claim that faith in God is a detriment to science! Pasteur said, “The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.” In his last famous speech, he says:
You young men—doctors and scientists of the future—do not let yourselves be tainted by apparent skepticism; nor discouraged by the sadness of certain hours that creep over nations. Do not become angry at your opponents, for no scientific theory has ever been accepted without opposition. Live in the serene peace of libraries and laboratories. Say to yourselves, first, “What have I done for my instruction?” And as you gradually advance, “What am I accomplishing?” Until the time comes when you may have the immense happiness of thinking that you have contributed in some way to the welfare and progress of mankind. (Vallery-Radot 1901, vol. 2, pp. 297–298)
At first glance, Pasteur’s achievements seem to be a miscellaneous assortment of discoveries (table 1). They in fact form a cohesive whole, in which one can easily follow his unity of thought. We have tried to describe just a few of his projects that led to his remarkable discoveries. You will see that, like a brilliant detective, this great man of science conducted investigations using his wealth of experience and scientific guidelines. It is this method of study that held true for other men of God, each one of whom was called and was devoted to a particular field dealing with a specific problem."

Table 1. Louis Pasteur and his major milestones in microbiology.
Date: Milestones in Microbiology:
1822 Birth of Louis Pasteur in Dole, France
1844–1848 Discovers crystal rotation of polarized light to the right and left
1857 Shows lactic acid formation in milk and butter is due to bacteria
1861–1864 Disproves spontaneous generation
1862 Elected to the Academy of Sciences
1864 Invents pasteurization for wine and other foods
1867 Helps Joseph Lister develop aseptic surgery
1870 Publishes his studies on the diseases of silkworms
1873 Elected to the Academy of Medicine
1877 Propounds the germ theory of disease
1879 Discovers immunization against chicken cholera, using attenuated bacteria
1881 Successful experiment of vaccinating sheep against anthrax
1881 Awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor
1882 Elected to the Academie Francaise
1885 Successfully tests his first vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister
1894 The Pasteur Institute succeeds in producing vaccine for diphtheria
1895 Death of Louis Pasteur at Saint Cloud (near Paris), France
In each instance, once Pasteur had identified the cause of the problem, he suggested a remedy for it. It is most remarkable that Pasteur managed to discover the keys to all the enigmas with which he was confronted, be they rabies (fig. 2) or sour wine. One cannot help but be struck by Pasteur’s incredible ability to reveal these scientific mysteries. He was truly a scientist who sought to understand the truth of God’s living creation.
Now one could say, at the risk of some superficiality, that there exist principally two types of scientists. The ones, and they are rare, wish to understand the world, to know nature; the others, far more frequent, wish to explain it. The first are searching for truth, often with knowledge that they will not attain it; the second strive for plausibility, for the achievement of an intellectually consistent, and hence successful, view of the world. (Chargaff 1971, pp. 637)
Louis Pasteur in the lab
Fig. 2. Louis Pasteur’s in his laboratory performing an experiment with rabies (rabbit spinal cord in jar) in 1885.

Louis Pasteur began his scientific career by studying the forms of certain crystals under a hand lens. This led to the study of the diseases of milk and vinegar, and then to the diseases of people and animals. While wholly absorbed in a task, he was nonetheless able to discover ideas regarding other matters that incidentally were set before him. In this way he opened up a number of paths allowing others to further the progress of science. In fact, it is generally acknowledged that modem aseptic surgery is based on the results of Pasteur’s pioneering work. Louis Pasteur never divorced theory from practice, and his investigations often led to industrial plans of first-class importance (i.e., pasteurization). Before he died Pasteur was to know the supreme satisfaction of saving many lives of his fellow man.

Almost all historians recognize Pasteur’s great contributions to science, microbiology, and medicine. He was an experimentalist and daily performed operational science. Pasteur is a prime example of the principle that one does not have to be an evolutionist to conduct good science. However, in recent years his Christian and creation views are being challenged. His most straightforward, anti-evolution remarks came from his studies on whether life can spontaneously arise. His case for special creation is best seen in his experiments disproving spontaneous generation. These experiments took place over a period of about five years. It was during this time that Pasteur “converted” from being a chemist to a microbiologist."

I also thought this little bit was especially worthwhile:

"The theory of biogenesis states that life can only come from other life. This idea mirrors the principles of Genesis 1: life begets life and like begets like. Yet evolutionists imagine that at one time several billion years ago, life did spontaneously appear. For example, German organic chemist Dr. Günther Wächtershäuser and his colleague Dr. Claudia Huber of the Munich Technical University have suggested that the first polypeptide chains necessary for life formed at the bottom of a primal ocean, in the heated environment of undersea volcanoes. But science continues to show a total lack of evidence that would suggest any living cell (even the smallest) could originate spontaneously through time and chance. Recently the evolutionist Franklin Harold (2001, p. 218) said,The crux of the matter is that living organisms cannot be rationally and systematically deduced from the principles that generally do account for the properties of inanimate matter. It has always been known that Louis Pasteur opposed the doctrine of spontaneous generation, and he presented compelling empirical evidence against it. He believed that the idea of spontaneous generation did not fit with the view of God as the Creator of life.
This is why the problem of spontaneous generation is all absorbing, and all-important. It is the very problem of life and of its origin. To bring about spontaneous generation would be to create a germ. It would be creating life; it would be to solve the problem of its origin. It would mean to go from matter to life through conditions of environment and of matter. God as Author of life would then no longer be needed. Matter would replace Him. God would need to be invoked only as Author of the motions of the universe. (Dubos 1950, pp. 395–396)"
Darwinists have been working fanatically and futilely for about 150 years now trying to get around a Law that was determined to be true by use of the scientific method.    So they are looking for some kind of miracle...ironic, is it not?   God in the Bible asserts that He miraculously created all life and that life would beget life "after its kind" and that is exactly what we see in the world today and what we have always seen.  The very basis for Darwinism is a requirement for naturalistic causes and processes only and by these processes life is not produced.   How long will the man on the street continue to accept all the ludicrous Darwinist just-so stories when more and more Christians are being presented with truth and working hard to disseminate it?  What happens when the man on the street realizes that so-called "evolution" never happens?

Back to the Creation and Evolution series featuring Ian Juby next...

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