This past Sunday in our apologetics class, which has students from 7th grade through to adult, we watched the excellent video “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” featuring Answers In Genesis teacher Dr. David Menton. This was an amazing 1 hour video that covers the many miracles involved in the conception and birth of a child.
Here are the notes for the video. I passed out a version to the class that had fill-in the blanks, but here is the version with the answers:
Notes for Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – Dr. David Menton
Intelligent Design in the process of conception and birth of a child
He is a former professor at Washington University School of Medicine, and has a PhD, Cell Biology from Brown University, and a BS, Biology and Chemistry, Minnesota State University.
- Psalm 139:13-16 – indeed we are knit, we are woven as the LORD tells us in this verse.
- A person, biblically, is someone who is known to God – someone who has a soul.
- As the baby is developing in the womb, God is “looking on”.
- The eggs leave the ovaries and enter the oviduct every 28 days an egg will be released from the ovary, one month from one ovary, the next month from the other ovary – this is a miracle.
- A baby girl, as soon as she comes out of the womb, she has approximately 400,000 eggs ready to go, and no more are made – the new born girl has all the eggs she’s ever going to have.
- The scar left behind from this corpus luteum (if fertilization doesn’t occur) is so large you can see it with the naked eye. One scar is created each month (assuming no fertilization). This is the one scar on our body that gets totally removed. This is a miracle, the hand of God.
- In the case of evolution, if you can’t get the egg down the oviduct, you’re not going to get a second chance to get it down the oviduct. Talk about irreducible complexity!
- Cilia – there are trillions of them in the oviduct which move the egg, but they can’t just move back and forth, they have to move like a “wave” in the crowd at a sporting event.
- With 30 hours, the first cell division occurs.
- The fertilization process is itself incredible. It is important that only 1 sperm fertilize the egg. There are 3 barriers the sperm has to get through: The cumulus, The shell (zona pellucida), The membrane
- When God created the stars, He didn’t have to argue with them!
- You’ve probably met a clone in your life (an identical twin), but when God makes a clone, it works!
- 5-6 days after fertilization, the blastocyst implants into the wall of the uterus (miracle).
- The whole placenta is one cell – the biggest cell in the body. Placenta is called “Super-organ”.
- The mother and the baby’s blood never mix.
- Alcohol will go across from mother’s blood to baby’s blood “passively”.
- The placenta is part of the baby, not part of the mother, but it is not in the baby’s body.
- Special jelly that exists nowhere in the body so that when the baby is doing somersaults the blood vessels won’t kink or crimp.
- When the placenta “disconnects” during birth, there are 20 blood vessels inside the uterus that spray blood at approximately a ½ quart per minute. This is the biggest wound any human being gets and lives to tell the story. Little sphincter on mother’s side crimps end of the open vessels.
- Haeckel’s Recapitulation – the drawings he made were completely falsified.
- “Folds” in the neck of the embryo are not gills and are not used for breathing.
- Analogy to someone who built a boat in the basement of their house and couldn’t get it out of the door. Same with baby in the uterus. Bones in the pelvis widen so head can fit.
- Tail bone (coccyx) is not left over from our evolutionary history. Many muscles connected to it.
- The birth of every baby is a miracle!
- The placenta was doing everything (liver, lungs, intestinal tract, etc.), but after the baby is born all those seems need to be ready to perform their functions.