the first thing to say is that we're not on our own. It's not just Christians
who aren't convinced about the theory of evolution.
scientists believe that evolution can't possibly explain the amazing complexity
of life on the earth - and so do many ordinary people. The trouble is
that if you're a scientist you're not going to progress your career by
talking about how God made the earth, and if you're a teacher, you have
to teach what is in the curriculum.
way, it takes faith
Creation and evolution are both things you have to believe in. To accept
evolution, for instance, you have to believe that some fish crawled out
of the sea, grew arms and legs and evolved into mammals, and then some
of them decided it was better in the sea after all, went back into the
water, ditched their limbs and turned into whales and dolphins. It takes
the Bible takes faith too. 'Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see ... By faith we understand that the
universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made
out of what was visible.' (Hebrews 11:1-3).
who advocate evolution did not see and cannot see the world evolve, in
just the same way as we did not witness its creation. Sometimes we don't
have to see something to know that it is right - that's what faith is.
evolution been proved?
No, it hasn't. The subject has been debated all over the world for more
than 150 years now. Darwin's book, The Origin of the Species, was
published in 1859, but evolutionists have still not proved the theory.
The main reason for this is a straightforward one: it can't be proved!
Fossils can show us that animals lived a long time ago, but they can't
tell us why they lived, or how they came to be how they were.
is important to remember that not all scientists believe that life on
earth is a result of chance. Fred Hoyle, the British astronomer, declared
that "the emergence of a living cell from
an inanimate chemical soup is about as likely as the assembly of a Boeing
747 by a whirlwind passing through a junkyard!" One of
the scientists who won a Nobel prize for understanding the structure of
DNA wrote: "An honest man, armed with all
the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense,
the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many
are the conditions which would have had to have to been satisfied to get
it going." - Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin
So what's wrong with it?
The theory of evolution is partly based on the idea that creatures that
are best suited to their environment will survive, and others will die.
There's nothing wrong with that, of course, it happens all the time. The
real problem with the theory is that it has no way of explaining how life
on earth came to be so incredibly complex and beautiful. Take bees for
There are many things throughout the world that show evidence of
a great designer - a honey bee is a wonderful example. Bees live
and work together, maintaining the hive for the benefit of all.
When a worker bee discovers a source of nectar, it returns to the
hive and performs an elaborate dance to indicate where the source
is in relation to the sun - which direction to fly in, and how far
to travel. However, if this evolved, it means that at exactly the
same time, another bee had to evolve the ability to understand what
this dance meant! And since worker bees don't reproduce, how would
they have passed on these abilities to the next generation?
There are systems within our bodies that are described as 'irreducibly
complex'. This means that if you take away even one small part of
the process the whole thing does not work. One example is how our
blood clots. If we could not form clots we would slowly bleed to
death from even a small cut. On the other hand, without a built-in
control, even a small cut would lead to a huge chain reaction leading
to every drop of blood in our bodies clotting! So to work, the system
has to work properly, or the person will die. It is hard to see
how it could have evolved. Not only that, but how did 'people' without
this ability survive long enough to have children before it 'evolved'?
of course, this is only one of lots of examples where it's really
hard to see how evolution could have worked.
The eye is a very complicated structure, and throughout nature there
are many different 'types' of eye.
his book "Climbing Mount Improbable", Richard Dawkins
gives an explanation as to how the eye could have evolved. However,
he forgets that the eye is useless without any way to process information
that it receives. That's what our brains do, and what they do is
incredibly complex. About 800,000 nerve fibres go from each eye
to the two sides of our brain, where the signals are combined to
make the single three-dimensional image that we see - and take for
granted. Our brains and eyes together do something far cleverer
than any computer on earth - how could that have evolved? But as
the Psalmist says: "Does He who implanted the ear not hear?
Does He who formed the eye not see?" (Psalm 94:9)
does the Bible say?
The Bible is not a scientific textbook, and the description of the
creation in Genesis 1 - 2 should not be taken as a scientific explanation;
nevertheless, the Bible tells us that God created the heavens and
the earth and all life within, and therefore we should believe it.
That's all that really matters - in the end, it may not really matter
precisely how creation happened, or when, or how long it took.
33 says "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their
starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of
the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the
earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him.
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm"
(Psalm 33:6-9). In other words, because of what we can see of God
as our Creator, we should fear him. The trouble is that when people
don't want to 'fear the Lord', they accept evolution as a way out.
apostle Paul talks of a time when "They exchanged the truth
of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather
than the Creator" (Romans 1:25). This is exactly how things
are now! Mankind is seen to be the pinnacle of the evolutionary
ladder, and many people feel that they have no need of God anymore.
other verses that you may like to read: Isaiah 45:18; Matthew 19:4-6;
what should I do at school/college/university?
Evolution should be approached as all other subjects which have
to be learned. We don't have to believe something to be able to
write about it. God knows what is in our hearts and if we have faith
in Him then that is all that really matters.
probably not much to be gained by picking an argument with tutors
about this, unless their facts clearly seem wrong - even then we
should be respectful in the way we speak to them.
answering questions about evolution the best thing we can do is
to phrase the answer so that we do not take ownership of the information
we are writing down eg. "The theory of evolution states ..."
or "In the book ... the author writes that ..." That way
we're not lying, nor pretending to believe something we don't -
just reporting what others have written in a factual way.
good that we can look at creation and see the hand of a God who
loves us, who wants the world to be a perfect place - and one day
will make it like that.
else to read?
Creation, Evolution and Science by John Collyer (available from
Darwin's Black Box, by Michael J Behe (available from www.amazon.co.uk)
Another interesting website: www.theevidence.org.uk
sure to verify information you read with what is written in the
to the Christadelphian Sunday School Union for this article (www.cssu.org.uk)
All quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.