My Journey With Evolution

That all natural processes have scientific explanations does in no way disprove the spiritual.


I disbelieved strongly. I spoke out against it, the way religious people do: full of fervor but no fact.

I looked into it. Read: (insert online readings)

I had a crisis of faith. Both the Bible and Evolution cannot be true. Because the Bible makes quite a to-do about the creation of things.

I stated that Evolution was true to a couple who are friends. The wife seemed genuinely baffled. “So we really came from monkeys”

And then I had the crisis of the undoing of my crisis. Wait. Then, as before, the more I thought about Evolution the less it seemed reasonable. It seemed to explain natural processes and most behaviors. But it failed completely to explain some behaviors and origins, and, failing to explain origins, it is difficult to use it to explain much of what it claims to explain, such as: diversity of species.

One difficulty of evolution is the age it claims for the solar system. Maybe it is simply difficult for unlearned minds to believe. Or maybe it is so difficult that it is impossible.

The fossil problem: fossils are incontrovertable.

(from Time mag. letter to editor)
Humans are developed far beyond our function.

Another problem with evolution is that we don’t see it… uh, kinda like that other theory.

The question is: where did life come from? We don’t know. We may find the answer in fact-based, naturalistic discovery.

Evolution is not a stand-in for science. Science is not a step-by-step process to truth.

If an explanation of origin is necessary to understand evolution, then you will never understand it.

One of the first things you have to believe about the God of the Bible–if you believe–is that he would build a world (or universe) that is capable of continuing without constant supernatural intervention.

Starting from that point, everything in the universe fits: of course, this is just the kind of universe that kind of being could and would create. The processes, the interconnectedness and interdependancy between species… all that we have discovered called science–that we will always be discovering, all of it fits. All of the things that evolution explains can be as logically explained with Creation. Everything but the Creator.

We don’t see God; we don’t see evolution. We can’t see the motivating force. We don’t know the origin.

I’m not sure why we insist that everything must have come from something else. Why do we insist on that being the only explanation? We see similarities, but does that mean one came from another? For our world, similarities always mean created… by a creator. No one would ever, observing two differently-sized pieces of paper, think that one came from the other.
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So, adaptation makes sense and is provable. But doesn’t that point to an all-knowing creator as readily as it points to evolution?

There is as much hard evidence for God beginning things as there is for any other theory of beginnings.

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2 comments

  1. I am glad you are willing to look at things from more than one point of view.

    One of my problems with evolution is that it is taught in public schools as a certainty, as something that definitely happened, as a proven fact (whether or not the words “proof” or “fact” are used). Yet, as I point out in my website, science cannot logically prove that evolution happened because you cannot prove something by only looking at one side, and the scientific method does not allow consideration of supernatural causes.

    There is actually a way to reconcile a literal reading of the Bible with the fossil record and genetic evidence. The six days of creation were literal 24-hour days that occurred about 6,000 years ago. Yet as verses 1 and 2 of chapter one show, the earth already existed before the six days. There is Bible evidence that the condition in verse 2 was not the condition God created the earth in as stated in verse 1. So there could have been a period of hundreds of millions of years between verses 1 and 2 during which the fossil record was laid, before the surface of the earth was destroyed. Then in six days God recreated the life that existed and restored the surface of the earth to its original condition.

  2. Thank you for your comment and for sharing your ideas. Your idea about reconciling the age of the earth is very interesting. I clicked on your profile and from there found your site and thoroughly enjoyed reading, and thinking about, what you have written.

    It sounds like there is a little of Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” in your ideas (perhaps arrived at by your own thinking).

    Also, just this morning, I read a very sound review of one of Richard Dawkins’ books at Answers In Gensis (http://www.answersingenesis.org/tj/v12/i1/improbable.asp)

    Talk to you later.

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