DNA & the Deist
Surprisingly, DNA seems to be a favorite argument put forth by many Deists in a masquerade of intellectual acuity that they piously enshrine to themselves. It’s comical – if not tiresome at this point – to watch ‘intellectual’ Deists riddle off medical textbook descriptions of DNA when asked for support of their godly position. Never mind the fact that scientists in general have the greatest number of non-believers among professions – but biologists are consistently at the top of that list!
Those people who study DNA the most are the least likely to believe it was created by a deity, yet somehow those who don’t study it at all proclaim DNA to be the smoking gun. By claiming that DNA is by far the most solid evidence of a god, the claim is made that they understand – and can explain – DNA better than any biologist on the planet. All this without a single credential in the field – Amazing! It’s the ultimate display of arrogance built upon a preponderance of ignorance that shouldn’t withstand the intellectual scrutiny of a grade-schooler.
With all that aside there is still a glaring incoherency in that particular worldview. The Deist will claim that the magic finger of god toppled over the first domino before kicking up his feet on the eternal ottoman to never play with his toys again. This means that everything after that point has interacted without the interference of a magic man. Herein lies a gaping incoherence for the DNA loving Deist; if god does not intervene in our affairs – save pressing the start button – then his fingerprints cannot be on anything other than the start button. To say that DNA is the obvious work of a god must mean that god intervened otherwise you would not be able to witness his blueprint. As with every single god argument a mere scratch across the surface removes the faux gold coating uncovering the vapid soot underneath.
Seemingly, one of the most difficult things to do in online conversations is to show compassion. It’s a sign of intellectual maturity to not get enraged at people for holding mistaken worldviews of reality. This is especially true when those affected often behave like rabid dogs trapped in a corner viciously lashing out at any hand that offers any form of inoculation. All we can do is try to reframe our own thinking and remember that we should never be angry at people for holding mistaken views of reality. We all have a responsibility to our society to make sure as many people as possible believe as many true things as possible. Believing in true things really does matter – and this starts with ensuring worldviews are coherent and taking action when they aren’t.