By happenstance, over in nearby Houston, nanoscientist James Tour, a professor at Rice University's Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, had recently finished giving a speech.
With a doctorate in organic chemistry from Purdue University and post-doctoral work at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin, Tour is on the cuttingedge of research into the molecular world. He has written more than one hundred and forty technical research articles and holds seventeen United States patents.
"I build molecules for a living," he said in introducing himself. "I can't begin to tell you how difficult that job is."
The purpose of his talk was not to dazzle the audience with descriptions of his latest high-tech efforts to store enormous amounts of information on a microscopic scale, replacing silicon chips that are large and unwieldy by comparison. Instead, it was to describe something else he has found the deeper and deeper he has probed into the awe-inspiring wonders of the molecular level: the fingerprints of an Intelligent Designer.
"I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation," he said. "Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God. "61
How ironic, I thought. Once, a rudimentary understanding of evolutionary science had propelled me toward atheism; now, an increasing grasp of molecular science was cementing my confidence in God. Like the Oklahoma murder case, my initial verdict had been based on flawed evidence that yielded a flawed conclusion.
The idea that undirected processes could somehow be responsible for turning dead chemicals into all the complexity of living things is surely, as microbiologist Denton observed, "no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth" of our times.62
Time magazine was wrong: Darwin didn't murder God. There are simply too many powerful clues-especially in the astounding intricacy of unseen atoms and the uncanny chemical language encoded on the double helix of DNA-to establish that the Creator is alive and well.
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