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UCGia Bible Insights Thursday, June 18 2020

Evolution: An article of faith

Most of the scientific world accepts the theory of evolution as fact in spite of growing evidence to the contrary. We live in a world that does not want a God who can tell us how we should live our lives, embracing instead a theory explaining creation without a Creator.

by Michael Kelley

The past half-century has not been kind to Darwin’s theory of evolution. When his book On The Origin Of Species was published in 1859, Darwin admitted the fossil record that ought to support his theory was full of gaps, but he predicted many of the missing transitional species would be found and verified with time.

Now, more than 150 years later, with paleontologists having explored vast reaches of the planet, the fossil record still fails to show that evidence. Instead of the “innumerable transitional forms” predicted by Darwin the record shows an explosion of life forms occurred during what came to be called the Cambrian period, with thousands of new creatures appearing exhibiting a high level of anatomical sophistication.

The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank devoted to the critical examination of evolution, lists more than 700 leaders of scientific thought who have gone on record as doubting Darwin’s theory to the point that many of them now admit a belief in some higher intelligence as the most logical source of the existence of life.

Ongoing discoveries revealing the astounding complexity of DNA continue to provide solid evidence for the divine creation of life. In fact, it was an objective look at DNA that led the late Sir Antony Flew, long the leading atheist in England, to renounce his atheism and accept the existence of a divine Creator, acknowledging he had changed his mind about a Creator “almost entirely because of the DNA investigations.”

“I now believe that the universe was brought into existence by an infinite Intelligence. I believe that this universe’s intricate laws manifest what scientists have called the Mind of God. I believe that life and reproduction originate in a divine Source" (There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, 2007 pp.88-89).

The weight of evidence against Darwinian evolution is growing in biology, genetics and the fossil record itself. New Zealand molecular biologist Michael Denton carefully examined the main arguments for Darwinian evolution and found them full of errors and inconsistencies. He concluded, “Ultimately the Darwinian theory of evolution is no more nor less than the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century” (Evolution: A Theory In Crisis, c1985 p. 358).

The Apostle Paul’s admonition to the philosophers of his time also applies to the agnostic scientific community of today: “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, or of birds and animals … As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind …” (Romans 1:22-23, 28).

Critics of religion say it takes faith to believe in a divine Creator, but it takes far more blind faith to believe in evolution when faced not only with a lack of proof, but blatantly contradictory evidence.