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Is evolution the great lie? – part 9 January 25, 2012

Posted by daniel ayad in Science.
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The controversy surrounding the theory of evolution is no longer a secret to scientists. The theory has come under criticism, and many scientists have said that the theory of evolution is inadequate in explaining what it claims to explain.

On this blog I have tried to touch some of the aspects to this theory, but ultimately I have found it extremely difficult to cover what I initially intended to investigate. This evolution topic is so broad and diverse, that covering the topic fully is beyond the scope of a simple blog website. Besides which the scientists who analyse evolution and write books/articles about it, are much smarter than I am. They are professors who have multiple PH.D’s in their respective fields of science.

In just a few years I have learned an incredible amount of information on evolutionary theory. I have read numerous books, watched several videos/debates, and looked into several websites for and against the theory. I will list the resources that have helped the most below, but before that I would like to review the last book I read on the evolution topic.

In 2009 Richard Dawkins launched a book titled, The Greatest Show on Earth: the evidence for evolution. The launch was coincided to mark the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth, and 150th anniversary of his book The Origin of Species. This book is touted as an unanswerable challenge to those who believe in divine creation[1].

In 2010 Jonathan Sarfati launched a book in response titled, The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. The book was probably the most important that I have read to learn about the evolutionary theory. Sarfati quotes heavily from Dawkins’ book, and then supplies a response in the text below. He employs countless references in his objections; a rough count would be over 1000 citations from various sources. He never, surprisingly, is rude in his criticisms or is disrespectful. He seriously tries to explain the problems of evolutionary theory in a fair and objective way.

The book contains the following chapters:

  1. Bait and switch – (i.e. switching the meaning of the word evolution part-way through an argument)
  2. Species and kinds
  3. Natural selection
  4. Evolution before our very eyes? – e.g. antibiotic resistance
  5. Embryos and self-assembly
  6. Common ancestry or common design?
  7. Where are the transitional fossils?  
  8. The links are still missing
  9. Ape men
  10. Geographical distribution
  11. Is the Earth ancient?
  12. Young world evidence
  13. Origin of life
  14. Lost structures: evolution or devolution?
  15. ‘Bad design’: evidence for evolution?
  16. “Nature, red in tooth and claw”
  17. Evolution, science, history and religion

 

For many the book will be challenging to understand, even if you have a scientific background. Thankfully though, Sarfati has a simple summary of the key points at the conclusion of every chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and appreciated how informative it was.

 

Other books that I have read on the topic and would recommend include:

 

–          Refuting Evolution (Jonathan Sarfati)

–          The Creation Answers Book (David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati and Carl Wieland)

–          Darwin’s Black Box (Michael Behe)

–          The Lie: Evolution (Ken Ham)

–          The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution (A.E Wilder-Smith)

–          The Creation of Life: A Cybernetic Approach to Evolution (A.E Wilder-Smith)

–          Man’s Origin, Man’s Destiny (A.E Wilder-Smith)

–          Icons of Evolution (Jonathan Wells)

 

Videos that I have watched and recommend include:

–          Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (Ben Stein)

–          Icons of Evolution (Narrated by Gregory Eagles)

–          The Origin Series: How the World Came to Be (A.E Wilder-Smith)

–          Unlocking the Mystery of Life (Written by W. Peter Allen & Stephen C. Meyer)

–          The Case For A Creator (Lee Strobel)

If you are hungry to learn about this topic, there are thousands of resources. It is important that every Christian is informed, at least to a basic level of evolutionary knowledge, to give an answer to anybody that questions you.

 

I will aim to continue to post on this topic, but don’t expect me to reach the level of the expert professors above…   

 

 


[1] Jonathan Sarfati, PH.D, The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution, pg 9, 2010

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1. bishoymarcus - January 25, 2012

Will be interesting to grab a copy of that book!

Great Job with the series

2. Alejandro Rodríguez - October 22, 2012

Jonathan Sarfati is a creationist and not a scientist. He is not an authority on this subject, and he also interprets the Bible wrongly given that he is a literalist, something that traditional Christianity rejects and I’m sure Coptic Orthodoxy does the same. There’s plenty of evidence for evolution and you can be both a christian and accept evolution as a fact. In fact, evolution confirms rather than disprove the Bible given that Genesis in fact is quite accuratley regarding modern science. First because the seven days are not meant to be literal 24 hour days but indefinite periods of time, second because it mentions the gradual appearance of animals, something evolution confirms. Please, stop this nonsense, it doesn’t help religion in any way.

daniel ayad - October 23, 2012

Thanks a lot Alejandro.

It is interesting that you say that the bible is compatible with evolution and is modern science. I believe there are several problems if you believe in the bible and evolution. These are:

1. Theistic evolution undermines the goodness of God – believers in the bible view that God created the world and man, and it was very good (gen 1:31). It was only when man sinned that death, thorns and other suffering began to exist. If evolution and God is true then God would have sanctioned and overseen death, disease and cruelty for billions of years (as evolution teaches billions of years).

2. Theistic evolution undermines the Gospel – the bible clearly states that the first man brought death into the world. “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.” (1 Cor 15: 21-22). If death was always a part of creation (i.e. before Adam) how can it be the ‘last enemy’ (1 Cor 15: 26) that Christ died for?

3. Undermines the end-time doctrine – the bible states that God will make a new heaven and Earth that will remove the Genesis curse (i.e the rebellion of the first man). It states that there will be a future restoration to the original very good creation. If evolution is true than the restoration will be millions of years of death and suffering.

4. Theistic evolution undermines the credibility of genesis and therefore the whole bible.

In response to evolution as being modern science you need to define what you mean. There is no scientific evidence (remember science means knowledge and replication) of life coming from non-life. There is no real science (replication) of big scale evolution. E.g. Nobody has ever seen a fish change into a reptile, therefore this part of evolution is purely theoritical and not scientific. I agree that there is a variation within a kind and we can replicate it, but this is as far as the scientific evidence can show.

In addition evolution is a theory and not a fact.

On Jonathan Sarfati I believe that he is a fantastic scientist. He has a phd in physical chemistry, among honours in physical and inorganic chemistry. He has worked in a lab for many years and is a respected scientist to many.

Below is some information about the opposing differences between evolution and the bible.

In relation to Theistic Evolution:
1. Could God have used evolution to create the universe?
– No.
– The ‘god’ that would need to use evolution is cruel, wasteful and deceitful and promotes death, suffering and cruelty.
– Our God gets it right the first time. He does not need to practice.
– The evolutionary god relies on misfits, blind chance and death.
– This is NOT the God of the Bible.
2. Jacque Monod Nobel Prize commenting on theistic evolution stated that:
– Blind and cruel way to evolve a new species through the struggle of life and eliminating the weakest link.
– In society the weak should be protected, the opposite of the so called natural law. [Jacques Monrod, “The secret of life” Interview with – Laurie John, Australian Broadcasting Co., June 10, 1976]
3. Can evolutionary theory and Biblical creation theory ever be reconciled?
– No. The Bible claims that Man brought death into the world, while evolutionary theory in effect claims that death brought man into the world.
– Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
– Charles Darwin in his Origin of species – “From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely the production of higher animals directly follows.”
4. Furthermore, consider the following irreconcilable differences between what the Bible states and what Evolutionary Theory states (or claims)

Bible: Earth before sun
Evolution: Sun before earth
Bible: Oceans before land
Evolution: land before oceans
Bible: light before sun
Evolution: Sun before light
Bible: land plants first
Evolution: marine life first
Bible: fruit trees before fish
Evolution: fish before fruit trees
Bible: fish before insects
Evolution: insects before fish
Bible: Plants before sun
Evolution: Sun before plants
Bible: Marine mammals before land mammals
Evolution: Land mammals before marine mammals
Bible: Birds before reptiles
Evolution: Reptiles before birds
Bible: Atmosphere between 2 layers of water
Evolution: Atmosphere above water
Bible: man brought death into the world
Evolution: Death brought man into the world.

Daniel

3. Belay - April 15, 2013

Dear Alejandro, please show us just one fact about evolution. Please read what Dr. Colin Patterson Paleontologist ( and Fellow of the Royal Society), once the world’s foremost fossil expert has to tell us: “One morning I woke up and something had happened in the night, and it struck me that I had been working on this stuff [evolution] for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it.” He addressed his concerns to both the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar at the University of Chicago, saying, “Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing that is
true?” Each time, he was met with nearly complete silence.
The only comment came from the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar, in which one participant stated, “I do know one thing—it ought not to be taught in high school.” This led Mr. Patterson to comment
that “It does seem that the level of knowledge about evolution is remarkably shallow. We know it ought not to be taught in high school, and that’s all we know about it.”
God bless!


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