Monday, July 14, 2008

The Theory of Evolution

First, let me say that I have no problem with the word evolution as it is sometimes used to mean changes and adaptations that occur within a species. In the secular world, the most widely accepted explanation for the origin of life grew out of the Darwinian theory called the evolution of the species. According to the theory, a delicately balanced combination of chemicals happened to fuse together under ideal conditions to form a simple organic cell. The cell began to reproduce and they combined in increasingly complex patterns to form plants and animals. Then millions of years of evolution, one branch of the intelligent animal kingdom became human.

Common, everyday reason exposes the theory of evolution as a fantasy. The case for evolution rests on assumptions that three things have happened, each of which demands an exception to the natural order of the universe that no one has ever observed in action. Science can’t cause them to happen, and reason says they can’t happen:

1. Evolution assumes that order can emerge naturally out of chaos.
2. Evolution assumes that all life emerged from dead matter.
3. Evolution assumes that human intelligence and reason evolved from dead matter.

I will discuss each one in the next blog.


Anonymous said...

how do you explain the difference between Christianity and evolution?

Josh McDowell said...

Whereas evolution takes the view that all contemporary life forms evolved from earlier, simpler life forms, Christianity believes in the partnership between faith and evidence, as illustrated in Hebrews.

From Hebrews 11:1, 3, we understand that through faith the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

You can learn more on this subject from Part 2 of Josh’s book, Josh McDowell Answers 5 Tough Questions.

Josh McDowell Ministry