The museum-quality exhibit in the Biology Department offers an understanding of origins from a creationist worldview. Consider the intricacy of the cell, the relationship between the Geologic Column and the biblical flood, and the significance of beauty in nature.
The cell is the smallest unit of life that is classified as a living thing. All organisms are made of at least one cell and come from preexisting cells. Some organisms, such as most bacteria, consist of a single cell. Humans have about 100 trillion cells.
The layers of the Geologic Column are ordered by age—oldest to youngest. The bottom layer is older than the next layer up. The big question—and one of the most significant areas of disagreement among scientists—is How much older?
Intelligent design is a scientific theory which holds that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, and are not the result of an undirected, chance-based process. We believe there is an infinite mind behind the design.
In the origins debate, variables such as worldview, the different approaches of historical and empirical science, and the laws of probability must be considered. But would you expect beauty to be a significant factor as well?
The Origins Exhibit explores these and other indications that lead to an Intelligent Designer. Scientific evidence does not at this time definitively prove (or disprove) our origins, and there are unanswered questions on both sides of the debate.
Meanwhile, it is interesting to observe beauty at all levels of nature—from the exquisite intricacies of the single cell to the vast expanse of space and everything in between. Beauty—expendable and even extravagant in essence—is an aspect of the natural world that would seem incompatible with a system that prioritizes efficiency.