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There is No “Junk” in God’s World

The human genome has around three billion base pairs of DNA, and yet our best estimates are that this massive amount of DNA only includes about 20,000 protein-coding genes. These genes amount to a mere 1.5% of the total genome. Scientists have known that some portion of the remaining “non-coding” DNA has regulatory functions but the vast majority of the genome appeared to have no function. When I started a PhD program in molecular biology in 1992, the functionless DNA was sometimes called, “junk DNA” and was considered an artifact of evolution. “No intelligent being would make a genome this inefficient” was a common refrain.

Nearly twenty-five years later it turns out that “junk” is just another name for our ignorance.

A Stolen Motto

In the children’s book Berenstain Bear’s Nature Guide, one page shows this famous bear family walking through the woods wondering at the beauty they see all around them.  Displayed across the page is a message that reads:

“Nature is all that IS, or WAS, or EVER WILL BE.”

As Dinesh D’Souza points out in his book What’s So Great about Christianity, few adults and even fewer children would recognize that this is a form of the trademark slogan of atheist Carl Sagan, whose teachings the authors of these popular books undoubtedly followed.  In his famous program for PBS called Cosmos, Sagan stated “The cosmos is all there is or ever was or ever will be.”

From the scientific community to the public educational system of our nation, this phrase sums up the underlying belief held by those in positions of influence.  They believe that only what we can observe scientifically exists.  Therefore they reason that since we cannot examine God in a laboratory or through a telescope, He must not exist.  Only the material universe does.