Did Diatoms really come about by chance? Were they really invented by blind evolution?
Let us look at them in detail.
Each Diatom is a single cell organism 1/4 the size of a strand of your hears which can only be seen through a microscope. "They are marvels of complex architectural engineering. They have the unique ability to fashion intricate glass-houses for themselves by using silica found naturally in sea-water. ...They are found in all known geometrical shapes and a symmetrical in three dimensions, having perfectly matched tops an bottoms that are held together until the plant dies and the two halves come apart." (Mark Armitage, God's micro world-creation.com) The philosophers say they are made up of matter and form. Form does not mean merely shape but what makes a diatom what it is. Form bestows identity and functionality to each diatom. Their souls have both plant and animal characteristics.
Diatoms make up 90% of all organisms living in the seas. They utilize the energy of the sun to make their own food. In the process they absorb CO2 and give us oxygen. They are responsible for 20%-40% of earth's oxygen necessary for living forms. Diatoms are food for the higher forms of life in the sea, including some whales. Their make up includes 10% high quality oil which is their metabolic energy reserve. With their death over millions of years, they left us much of the oil deposits we utilize today.
God's intelligent designs makes possible our intelligent nano-technology. By heating these fragile glass structures in the presence of magnesium and titanium vapors, the glass vaporizes and is replaced, atom by atom, into tough metal ceramics. These tiny structures can be used in electronics, medicines and optics. "Some diatoms have openings, or pores, that provide ready-made filters for chemical separation. Other diatom surfaces are covered with a regular array of glass bumps that can function as focusing lenses for optical computers." (Dr. Don DeYoung, Diatoms--Living in Glass Houses: answersingenesis.org)
Their creation requires a being with intelligence and foresight. God who foresaw all the manifold effects their lives would have on the future of the living earth. Those who think that living creatures came about by accident should consider the words of St. Paul,
|"Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened." (Rm 1:20-21)|