Does Evolution make God unnecessary and irrelevant?
The Bible is not a science textbook. It describes nature in a phenomenal way (the way things appear to the naked eye). This does not mean its claims about nature are false. For example, we still speak of the sun rising and setting, but we know the earth is revolving around the sun, and not vice versa. But the Bible does make many claims that are diametrically opposed to much of modern scientific theory, particularly in the field of Origins. How do we decide whom to believe, the preacher or the physicist, the Bible or the biologist?
1. Defining the Terms of Evolution
a. Evolution – generally regarded as the atheistic, naturalistic and materialistic explanation of the origin of life.
b. Cosmic Evolution – evolutionary theory that attempts to explain the origin of the universe.
c. Chemical Evolution – evolutionary theory that attempts to explain the origin of first life.
d. Biological Evolution – evolutionary theory that attempts to explain the origin of new life forms.
e. Macro-evolution – the model of biological evolution that all varieties of life forms grew out of a single cell or “common ancestor”
f. Micro-evolution – basically “biological change within kind”. The recognized phenomenon that time, natural selection, and random mutations cause new characteristics to occur within kinds.
g. Evolutionary mechanism – all forms of evolution must be postulated to arise from a sufficient cause. Evolution cannot be caused by magic or chance; something must cause change.
h. Darwinian Evolution – the theory that macro-evolution is naturally and materially caused by the mechanism of micro-evolution, and is neither guided nor purposeful, but rather is random and without goal or end.
i. Theistic Evolution – the theory that macro-evolution is naturally and materially caused by the mechanism of micro-evolution, but is guided by God’s hand and purpose.
2. Evolution’s Dirty Little Secret
a. The theories of Cosmic and Chemical Evolution are not in the realm of classical science, but rather history. The origins of the universe and the first life cannot be observed, repeated, or tested by scientists. They are historical issues.
b. Many accept Evolution as a fact, when it is in fact only a theory.
c. Scientists are still searching for an evolutionary mechanism. There is no known sufficient cause that adequately explains how macro-evolution could possibly occur. Micro-evolution only produces change within kinds, and cannot grow a germ to a man.
d. The discovery of DNA has revealed that there is a common set of “building blocks” for all of life. But similar DNA patterns found in all of life do not necessarily require a common ancestor, only common building blocks. Random DNA mutations are almost never progressive, but rather prohibitive to the survival of life.
e. The evidence that we would expect Evolution to leave is not what we find. Instead of random purposelessness in nature, we find evidence of exquisite design.
f. The irreducible complexity of natural organisms point to an intelligent designer, which is antithetical to the idea of Evolution.
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