The Big Question 49: Is Evolution Real?
Mar 18, 2019 1041
Is evolution real?
I realise that I’m way out on a limb here, because most people in our society would think that evolution is a proven fact of science and that it’s the reason why we’re all here. But I don’t believe that’s the case at all.
Now, I can understand why we have been fed the evolutionary world-view at every level of society. Because evolution is the only game in town for a society that just doesn’t want to deal with the only other alternative: that we, and the world, were intentionally created by a loving God. I get that.
But I reject the idea that because I don’t believe in evolution, it must be because I reject hard evidence and follow some kind of blind faith.
But that’s not the case at all. I don’t like blind faith.
You see, to believe in evolution, I’d have to believe by blind faith in how it got started in the first place. I’d have to believe that life arose spontaneously from inorganic matter, if not here on earth, then elsewhere in the universe. And that’s an idea that science threw out as ridiculous hundreds of years ago.
Then, to believe in evolution, I’d have to believe by blind faith that the second law of thermodynamics doesn’t apply. That law says that if you have an isolated system, any natural process within that system will progress in the direction of increasing disorder. That’s the opposite of what evolution says, where natural processes must become more ordered and sophisticated.
To believe in evolution, I’d have to believe by blind faith that somehow the hundreds of amino acids arranged themselves by pure blind chance to create the first protein, something that’s been shown to be mathematically impossible…. And that needed to be repeated countless times for DNA to be made.
To believe in evolution, I’d have to believe by blind faith that transitionary forms between species – the so-called “missing links” – existed, even though, despite all the hype you sometimes hear in the media, none have ever been discovered.
To believe in evolution I’d have to believe by blind faith that the DNA of one species is continually rearranging itself to form a new, higher species. This is despite the fact that the vast majority of accidental mutations involve losing genetic information instead of gaining it, and the vast majority of these mutations are positively harmful and even deadly.
To believe in evolution, I’d have to believe that fully functioning organs such eyes evolved from other cells overnight, since no evidence of transitional organ forms have ever been discovered. And they couldn’t have evolved at all because unless they were fully functioning there would have been no reason for them to have evolved at all. Like, what use is an eye that can’t see?
And to believe in evolution, I’d have to believe that my thoughts are the product of chance, just the result of the random interactions of cells inside my head. I’d have to believe that life is ultimately meaningless and without any kind of higher purpose.
I respect your views. But for me, the bottom line is, you see, that I don’t have enough blind faith to be an evolutionist.