My sis-n-law asked me if I knew what laminins were, and I said I thot they were amino acids. She said yeah and then showed me a picture of a drawing of a laminin molecule. After I got home, I checked it out and discovered it is actual a protein. Here is part of an email I sent her:
It’s very interesting that the human brain is like a pattern seeking missile, honing in on anything and everything and seeing patterns to help make sense of it. Jesus on toast, and Jay Leno on a potato chip. That sort of thing.
Michael Shermer coined a word for it, “paternicity. Shermer is a science writer and has a column in Scientific American, so I have read a lot of his stuff over the years. He coined another word, “agenticity.” This is where one ascribes meaning or agency to a pattern. There are scientific terms for this used by psychologists and such, but I like the simplicity of Shermer’s coinage.
I suppose if one is a doctor they might look at a laminin protein with an electron microscope and see a caduceus. A fencer might see a sword, and a Christian might see a cross. Of course most of these micrographs don’t look anything like the drawings one sees of the structure of the laminin molecules.(I got this idea from snopes.com).
There are lots of t-shaped patterns in nature, so I’m not surprised at all that Louie Giglio would find this and relate it to scripture during a Christian rock concert: And he is before all things, and by him all things are held together- Colossians 1:17. An impressionable group of Christians are easily influenced by the suggestion. Makes perfect sense to me. A couple of things comes to mind, though.
From the POV of a scientist, laminins are glycoproteins which aid in binding cell membranes together and also make a great culture in the petri dish. They do a lot more than hold us together, they help in cell differentiation and other things. When they mess up, bad things happen like muscular dystrophy. If this is God’s design, then He should get the credit for that too.
To look at this from a Christian POV, perhaps you should consider that one shouldn’t use something out side of the Word to prove the Word. A finite human understanding to “prove” the infinite wisdom of God? It should be the other way around. Few micrographs show the cross shape, and there is debate that the crucifix was cross shaped to begin with.
Finally, laminins are proteins. They don’t hold everything together. Does that mean that the word of God is not true?