being unable to adequately explain many
observations in the natural world, such
as the origin of the immune system that
I studied. Evolution makes a mockery of
the scientific method, but students are
encouraged to accept it as an unassailable fact. This is not good science.” 2
Advice for young Christians looking
to a career in science?
“If you have a passion for a career in
science then follow that dream—it is
an exciting and challenging career that
can involve amazing discoveries that
improve people’s quality of life. In my
own career, I was blessed to contribute
to the better treatment of debilitating
disease, I travelled and lived overseas,
I met lots of really interesting people.
It was a great adventure. Do not be
discouraged by the prevailing evolutionary worldview that seems to dominate science—there are many Christians
in all fields of science doing great work,
and remember, with God all things are
possible!” (Matthew 19: 26).
References and notes
1. Available from CMI bookstores (creation.
2. Dr Bennett recently read The Scientific
Approach to Evolution: What They Didn’t
Teach You in Biology, by Rob Stadler
(CreateSpace Independent Publishers, 2016).
She remarked, “The discussion on high
vs low confidence science described the
issue beautifully.” See the review by Brian
Thomas, J. Creation 31(1): 28–29, 2017.
DON BAT TEN, B. Sc. Agr. (Hons.), Ph. D.
Dr Batten worked as a research scientist and
consultant plant physiologist and is now the
Managing Director of Creation Ministries
International in Brisbane, Australia. For more:
IMMUNITY AND FAULTY ARGUMENTS
Some propagandists for evolution have attempted to
use the method by which antibodies are produced by
creatures as evidence that random mutations can produce
the new genetic information needed for evolution to be
believable. They claim that the immune system uses a
process like mutation to generate part of a new antibody
that is ‘designed’ to specifically attack an invader that
the organism has never encountered before. Dr Natalie
Bennett explains why this thinking is faulty:
“Antibodies are proteins produced by B lymphocytes that
can bind to foreign invaders (also called antigens), such as
viruses. Antibodies tag the invaders for destruction, and
so protect us from disease. These proteins are produced
in a very complicated process involving recombination of
genes from three separate families. This recombination
process involves the switching off of those genes from
each family that are not directly used to make the particular
“The antibodies that bind a specific antigen then undergo
a process called somatic hypermutation. This means that
rearrangements in the antibody-encoding genes lead to
an enhanced affinity of the antibody for its antigen, which
means the antibody becomes more effective at tagging
“However, these ‘mutations’ are not random, but occur
in specific ‘hotspots’, and only after recombination has
occurred. This ensures that the functional integrity of the
antibody molecule is maintained. While evolution is said
to be driven by random mutations, what we see in the
production of antibodies is not random, but a directed
process that shows incredibly sophisticated design.
“Also, the antibody molecule has not gained a new function—
it is still an antibody that tags an antigen for destruction.
This process will not produce a brand-new type of enzyme
or protein, only an antibody, so it gives no support to ‘big
References and notes
1. See also Bergman, J. and O’Sullivan, N., Did immune system antibody diversity
evolve? J. Creation 22( 2):92–96, 2008; creation.com/antibody-evolve (technical).