Creation Weekend 2020: Online and Inspirational
For almost everyone, the year 2020 has certainly presented obstacles to our normal tasks and social gatherings. So it was that CSAA, like many Christian organizations, found that an on-line fall program offered the best hope of sharing our message. Blessed with someone on our team with expert computer skills, the appropriate programs were selected to make the event possible and professional. When David Coppedge of southern California agreed to be our speaker, we were so pleased! All the pieces of the organizational puzzle had fallen into place. One benefit of an on-line event, we discovered, was that people from as far away as Ontario and B.C., were able to enjoy the program.
David Coppedge’s theme for his presentation “Creation is Awe Inspiring” was Psalm 33:8. “Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.” Our speaker began his presentation by suggesting that Christians see the wonders of creation around them but do not always reflect on their significance. When we give proper emphasis to the doctrine of creation, he said, we find that it provides a reason for worship, a foundation of doctrine, a source of wonder, a reason for hope in suffering, and insights into where the battle with secular thought carries us today. Among that list, David Coppedge chose to discuss how the wonder of creation turns our out attention to God.
Keeping in mind that we are all interested in our own bodies, David Coppedge first called our attention to the marvelous capabilities of the human body. First of all, he showed us images of the World’s Highest Resolution Computer Display at University of California, San Diego. This machine processes 10 gigabits per second and displays 315 million pixels. Computer fans will know that this is impressive, the equivalent of 150 high definition computer screens. But we should be even more impressed that our eyes are vastly superior (and so small!) Each eye displays the equivalent of 576 million pixels (and we have two of them!) The wonders of the eye do not stop there, of course. David Coppedge also reviewed the remarkable details of the crystalline lens in each eye, and other features promoting perception.
As if we weren’t already impressed enough with human anatomy, David Coppedge reviewed details of our inner ears, teeth, the spleen and appendix, and amazing details of our feet. It is certainly remarkable the things that people can achieve through use of their feet. One expert remarked that the human foot is a biomechanical masterpiece. The springy tendons in our feet are an exceptional feature that humans share only with horses and kangaroos! As a result of this capacity, endurance running is unique to humans among primates and such endurance is uncommon even among four footed mammals. In view of the impressive design features of the human body, we should perhaps emphasize fitness and the enjoyment of our conferred aptitudes in our lifestyle.
For a change of pace, David Coppedge proceeded to discuss the blessings and wonderful features of plants. We heard about mycorrhizae (fungal threads in the soil) which connect forest plants enabling them to share nutrients and signals concerning causes of stress such as attacks by parasites. One plant in India, the drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) sounds almost too good to be true. Products from this tree disinfect water, fertilize soil, provide good human nutrition and help fight parasitic infections. What a gift to the people of India.
After providing a few highlights from animal design, we came to a discussion of the living cell. Originally, David Coppedge pointed out, scientists had considered that living processes in the cell came merely from chemical reactions. But now we know that life processes come from precisely shaped machines that do real work. One of the most amazing such machine is called ATP synthase. This machine exhibits about 6000 revolutions per minute and is almost 100% efficient in its use of energy.
This machine is extremely small, even by standards of molecular machines in cells. It consists of a base which revolves around a short stalk. At the top of the stalk are 3 pairs of pie shaped pieces with special grooves between each pair. Protons (hydrogen nuclei) rush into the base forcing it to revolve. At the top, within the special grooves, adenosine diphosphate and inorganic phosphate are pushed together as the whole thing rotates. The product ATP has a high energy bond from which energy can be released to drive all the processes of the cell. There are quadrillions of these machines in the human body and life of any sort could not exist without them. (This is a chicken and egg example of a problem for evolution. How did this totally necessary machine come about before there were these machines to provide the energy?)
Lastly Mr. Coppedge provided us with a glimpse from space which demonstrates how insignificant we are. The more we look into space, the more we discover there is to see. How great is our God who made and controls it all!
Having inspired us all with his insights into nature, David Coppedge then answered questions on such topics as earth’s magnetic field. He also discusses this issue, which has implications for the age of the earth, in Spacecraft Earth coauthored with Henry Richter, and in discussions on Creation Evolution Headlines listed under physics for December 11/18, October 2/19 and June 10/20.
So CSAA’s experiment with on-line technology went very well! Next year maybe we can go back to an in-person event, but it is still good to know how to enjoy and utilize the benefits of technology!
You may want to check out this presentation about Saturn by David Coppedge. It is about Cassini’s last mission to Saturn:
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