In 1859 Charles Darwin published his book “The Origin of the Species” and he described what we call his “Theory of Evolution.” Today Darwin is described as a “naturalist” because he was interested in natural things, but “Naturalist” was not really a profession.
Charles Darwin was educated at Cambridge University and his professional training could be described as theology or divinity. He was trained and qualified to be a minister in the Church of England, and he was similar to a graduate of a Bible College today.
His theory of evolution gave us a universe without God; a place where life emerged from nothing and evolved into what we have today, through natural processes. It was a way to explain the creation without the creator. We can read Darwin’s book as theology, and not just biology. I think we all know there is a religious argument in the theory of evolution.
Sometimes, when I’m driving in traffic, I see a fish symbol on another car. That is supposed to mean the driver is a Christian, but I have learned to look carefully; sometimes the symbol is a fish with legs. In the evolutionary narrative, life began in the water and somehow fish developed legs and lungs and started living on land. Land animals all came from that change.
So the fish symbol might not show that a Christian is driving the car. A fish with legs might show that an Atheist is mocking believers. It’s a bumper tag argument.
For people who read the Bible, we cannot escape one simple fact. The book begins with these words “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) We can believe and keep reading, or not.
There are scientific creationists who argue for a universe created by God. If you do a search of “scientific creationism” you will find some interesting ideas, and you will find some mocking and sneering from the secular side. The concept of a universe with a God who created it is not respected among scientists.
Things are changing now, and we should know what’s happening. The original theory of evolution had some conditions that made it possible, and now scientists are not so sure about those conditions:
- Uniformitarianism: conditions in our modern world are the same as they have always been. The universe is a stable place where life can form by accident, and then develop gradually over billions of years, without interruption.
- Continuous Natural Selection: living things always evolve, and evolution is a life force that always produces newer, more adapted plants and animals.
Survival of the Fittest: Living things today are more evolved and better than archaic plants and animals that came before. For example, the dinosaurs went extinct and mammals replaced them.
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution cannot exist unless these rules are true. There may be other ways to explain how we got here, including the Bible, but Darwin’s model is a kind of systematic theology. Some things must be true for it to happen.
We live in interesting times. The scientific creationists, mostly Christians, keep making their arguments, but they don’t get much respect. Among secular scientists, Darwin’s model is being eroded by new discoveries; the rules that underpin the theory are commonly rejected.
We now have Catastrophism, including the “Alvaraz Hypothesis.” In 2010, a committee of scientists accepted the idea that large dinosaurs were wiped out when an asteroid struck the Earth.
READ: Alvaraz Hypothesis
Now we believe in extinction events that happened often and destroyed most living things. We are all survivors and uniformitarianism is impossible. Darwin’s stable laboratory never existed and it seems impossible, mathematically, for life to evolve gradually, with all those interruptions.
With all those catastrophes, living things today are lucky survivors. For example, the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, not by mammals that were more evolved. We have evidence that mammals existed before the dinosaurs and all during the dinosaur era.
3. Early humans:
If an educated person wants to insult you, they might call you a Neanderthal. That means you are stupid and primitive. In 1856, investigators found human remains at a site in the Neander Valley, in Germany. Darwin’s theory was published three years later, and the Neanderthal people fit the narrative. They were “archaic” and a different species from us, and they disappeared because we were more fit. One proposed name for them was “Homo Stupidus.”
Now we know, these ‘cave men’ were the natives, aboriginals in Europe and parts of Asia. Calling them archaic, primitive, and stupid now seems like racism. It was wrong to force the evidence to fit the theory and to make those people archaic, less evolved than us. Darwin’s theory told us we were superior and they were inferior, but another source told us we were all made by God, and we are equal. We can choose.
These trends in modern science don’t prove that the Bible is true. They do show us that some scientific facts are being eroded by science itself, and it is now possible to believe that “God created the heavens and the earth.” We can decide what to believe and now there is no clear winner in the creation horse race. The choice is ours.
They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4: 10 and 11)