Charles Robert Darwin (1812-1870)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6
It is dogmatically accepted by academia and most scientists that Darwin’s theory of evolution is rock solid and anyone who denies it is an outlier. Charles Darwin wrote On the Origin of the Species in 1859. A naturalist, Darwin used the science available to him at the time to develop his theory of evolution.
It has been accepted by science ever since despite advances in science to a molecular level from the 19thcentury. As a result, more scientists are rejecting Darwin’s theory.
Evolution, at its core, says that all species have evolved over time by natural selection, including the human species. To the evolutionist, believing that intelligent design by a God is heresy. But more scientists are agreeing with the concept of Intelligent Design (ID).
In order for there to be Intelligent Design, there has to be a Designer. Evolutionists do not want to admit that. That would be opening Pandora’s box.
I am not a scientist, not by any means. I was miserable when I took science courses like biology, physics and chemistry. That’s probably why ended up an English/Econoomics major and became a lawyer rather than a doctor. But I made friends with doctors like Ike Manley, a surgical professor at the UNC Medical School for a decade before moving to Raleigh where our paths crossed.
Ike Manley wrote two books: the first titled God Made, and later Slaying the Dragon of Evolution. I read his first book in the 1990’s at a time when I really hadn’t thought much about this issue. Ike’s medical school education taught him that evolution could be best explained by science.
As a medical doctor, Manley realized that evolution could not stand up to medical or scientific scrutiny. He came to believe that the human body was unique and was not a result of some random cosmic accident.
He created the Triangle Association for the Science of Creation, whose task and goal is to increase awareness of scientific evidence that supports the literal Biblical account of creation and refutes evolution.
Our educational systems (including medical schools) treat evolution as a gospel. Well, until recently, when 1000 scientists rejected evolution and said that Darwinism cannot explain a lot of things and therefore doesn’t hold water.
The dissenting scientists collectively state: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”
Secular academics are reluctant to let go of the theory of evolution and natural selection. If that gets thrown out, then what? How could 87% of scientists in a 2009 Pew survey be wrong?
Michael Behe, a scientist, has written a book titled Darwinism Devolves: The New Science about DNA that Challenges Evolution. Behe notes that Darwin couldn’t know anything about molecules 160 years ago. He adds: “The cell, which we now know is filled with sophisticated molecular machinery, was thought (by Darwin) to be made of a simple jelly called protoplasm.”
In an interview in World Magazine of Nathaniel Jetson, a Harvard PhD in cell and developmental biology, confirms Behe’s position. Jenson found that his study of cell and developmental biology actually deepened his faith as a Christian. It also countered Darwin’s theory.
Jenson’s book, titled Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of the Species, comes down clearly on the side of the Biblical account of creation through God, the Intelligent Designer.
Why does this issue matter? Academia has become increasingly secular in a post-Christian era, even in the face of scientific skepticism over one of their coveted dogmas. The next generation has been taught Darwinism is “accepted science” that there is no God, and He had no hand in our humanity.
Like gender fluidity, the theory of evolution is no longer scientifically valid. But for evolutionists to admit that God had a hand in mankind would be to open the door to the existence of God in a post-Christian era.
Our challenge is to not shy away from an academic tradition that is foisted on the next generation as “science”, when in fact, science does not confirm it anymore. Christians need to push back when asked about this issue. They need to do it with scripture and science on their side.
MENTOR TAKEAWAY: I urge mentors to take time to educate themselves on the scientific evidence in favor of creationism through Intelligent Design. Get your mentees to do the same using some of the materials I have listed below.
Scientists Rejecting Darwinism (www.dissentfromdarwin.org)
God Made, by Isaac Manley is available from Amazon.
Slaying the Dragon of Evolution by Manley is also available from Amazon.
Darwinism Devolves by Micahel Behe is available from Amazon.
Replacing Darwin: The New Origin of the Species is available at Amazon.
WORSHIP: Listen to Mercy Me sing “I Can Only Imagine.”
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