Appeared in Fall 1993, Vol. XIX, No. 2, 3

Molecular biology and its closely related companion, molecular genetics, have revolutionized our thinking about living organisms. In the process, they have compelled us to rethink certain questions which until a century ago had been exclusively the province of theology. These questions include (1) the uniqueness of man vis-a-vis the rest of creation; (2) divine intervention versus purely natural (physico-chemical) processes as responsible for man; and (3) man’s origin and evolution. This latter is particularly important because physico-chemical knowledge of how cells and biological organisms grow, develop, and reproduce inevitably leads to the further question of how it all began. Indeed, there is now a clear connection between molecular biology and evolutionary biology which closely parallels the connection which has emerged over the last 20 years in physical science between particle physics and cosmology.

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