I heard a very odd sermon this weekend, and I thought I’d share.
The pastor is usually not a chicken, but really copped out on this issue. He was talking about the evolution/creation/intelligent design debate, and he came down squarely in the “I think it’s a combination of all three” camp. To me, that’s a huge cop out. At least have the strength of conviction to choose 1 opinion.
I don’t necessarily want to get into a big debate about evolution, but there are some things that make evolution a bit illogical. Please feel free to help me out if you are a Ph.D biologist or physicist.
Current thinking on the time needed for current life to have evolved is somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 billion years, with the Earth being 4 billion years old. If the Earth were 4 billion years old, it would have occupied the same space as the sun, which would have been humongous 4 billion years ago. Clearly, either the second law of thermodynamics (the sun is slowly burning out) doesn’t apply to evolution, or the Earth can’t possibly be that old.
The second problem is with the way we find the age of fossils. We have documented instances where Carbon-14 dating was used on a skeleton, and determined to be, say… 10 million years old. Later, they realize it was a bum from New Jersey that died 10 years ago. Certainly, there are ways to verify if the carbon dating is working in the nearer term, for example, tree rings or ice core samples. However, it’s impossible to verify the accuracy of something when they say that it’s millions of years old.
The age old evolutionary circular logic is often employed. “How do you know how old the fossil is?” “Because we found it in the layer of rock that age.” How do you know how old the layer of rock is?” “Because we found a fossil that age in it.” Durr.
Perhaps my biggest struggle with evolution is in the concept that random mutations have created the complexity of life today. Let me explain, first by pointing out what I’m NOT saying. Natural selection is an observable process which still takes place today, on a timeframe we’re able to watch. Weaker offspring can’t cope, and they die off, leaving the stronger offspring with certain traits that are carried on.
Alright. I buy that. I grant you that much. However…
Micro-evolution is not observable. It’s never happened in recorded science. Mutations are virtually always harmful, resulting in either the death of the specimen, or the inability to reproduce. The natural tendency of the universe is disorder. Things get more and more messed up, not the other way around. Entropy is the single biggest hit against the theory of evolution.
Even single celled organisms have millions of “lines of code” in their DNA structure. You can’t convince me that happened by coincidence, even if you claim that mixed with 13 billion years it could happen.
The fact that there are so many “gaps in the fossil record” is another clue that there may be some inconsistency. Why do we have fossils from all of the prehistoric periods, yet have none of the “linking species?” That’s curious, to say the least.
For me, believing that evolution has successfully occurred is just as much a leap of faith as believing that God created the universe in 6 days.
Let’s look at Biblical explanations for the things mentioned above.
If the Biblical account is true, then the Earth’s age would be roughly 10,000 years. The sun would not have been measurably bigger than it is today.
If Noah’s worldwide flood was what created the Grand Canyon, and freeze-framed the entire Earth, it would explain why the fossil record is so clearly recorded, and would eliminate the need for carbon dating.
If God created all creatures, then they all would have been there from the beginning… no missing links needed.
And of course, the complexity. An intelligent designer is of course the only logical explanation of an intelligent design. I’m reminded of a story. Two notable scientists had an ongoing argument about the origin of the universe. The one that believed in God was frustrated, and decided to have a complex model of the solar system made. It was a scale, perfect working model of all of the planets, orbits, and interactions of the solar system.
His friend came over and saw the model, and exclaimed “THAT’S INCREDIBLE! Who made that for you, I’m going to get one for my office.” And the first scientist said “Nobody made it, I had the parts laying there on the table, and when I came back in, it had arranged itself logically.” Of course, his buddy was angry, and said “That’s ridiculous. Any moron can see that something that complex had to be designed by a…. ”
The current debate in schools over teaching “intelligent design” (which is different from creationism) alongside evolution is unconstitutional, and violates the seperation of church and state. Isn’t evolution just another religion… the teachings of Atheism?
If you consider that nearly 90% of Americans believe in some form of “God,” you’d think that majority would rule. Clearly that is not the case.
Intelligent design does not teach that the universe was created in 6 days by God. It teaches that something incredibly complex needs someone or something to design it.
I’ll let you all stew on that.