(Page numbers relate to Jonathan Wells’ book, The Myth of junk DNA.1)

There is an ever growing list of arguments that supposedly supported evolutionary beliefs but which have now been debunked. Chief among these are the claims of ‘vestigial organs’, which were said to be useless leftovers from our evolutionary past. Doctors were so convinced of this argument that they routinely removed ‘vestigial tonsils’,  ‘vestigial tail bones’ and other ‘vestigial organs’, and treated the ‘vestigial thymus’ with radiotherapy. We can thank God that we now have a better understanding of what these organs actually do, and doctors treat them with greater care.

The reasoning behind the belief in ‘vestigial organs’ was remarkable: ‘we don’t know what they do so we have concluded they don’t do anything.’ Given the dozens of wrongly labeled ‘useless organs’, one would think that evolutionists would have learnt their lesson and would be slow to deem anything in our bodies redundant and without function. Not so! For many years, evolutionists have been arguing that much of our DNA is ‘junk’, left over from millions of years of evolution.

When a baby grows from a fertilized egg, its development is very carefully controlled. The right things have to grow at the right time and in the right way. All this happens as it should because it is directed by a software program residing in our DNA. Similarly, the exceedingly complex activities going on in the cells of our bodies are guided by this software. Many people of my generation learnt to write simple programs at school using languages like BASIC, which use the letters from our English alphabet (A to Z). The program in DNA is similar, but uses just four different letters, rather than twenty-six. However, although it uses fewer letters, it is far, far more complex than any programs written by humans.

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