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   Astronomer John F. W. Herschel said this about analogy:

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   “If analogy of two phenomena be very close and striking, while, at the same time, the cause of one is very obvious, it becomes scarcely possible to refuse to admit the action of an analogous cause in the other, though not so obvious in itself.”¹

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   Read it again and/or go through the DOOR.

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   “How does this apply to the origin-of-life issue? [Lee Strobel] asked [Walter Bradley²].

   “If the only time we see written information–whether it’s a painting on a cave wall or a novel from Amazon.com–is when there’s an intelligence behind it, then wouldn’t that also be true of nature itself?” Bradley said in responding.

   “In other words, what is encoded on the DNA inside every cell of every living creature is purely and simply written information. We use a twenty-six letter alphabet in English; in DNA, there is a four-letter chemical alphabet, whose letters combine in various sequences to form words, sentences, and paragraphs. These comprise all the instructions needed to guide the functioning of the cell. They spell out in coded form the instructions for how a cell makes proteins. It works just the way alphabetical letter sequences do in our language.

   “Now, when we see written language, we can infer, based on our experience, that it has intelligent cause. Therefore, this means life on earth came from a ‘who’ instead of  ‘what’.”

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   ¹ This all comes from Lee Stobel’s The Case for Faith (Zondervan, 2000, pp. 109-110). Strobel, a former atheist, has a Masters of Studies in Law from Yale, and is a former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune.

   ² Walter Bradley (PhD in materials science), long-time professor at Texas A & M, wrote The Mystery of Life’s Origin in 1964, beginning the now continuing modern debate on the origin of life.