Evolution is a Theory and not a Fact
Evolution is both a Theory AND a Fact. The Fact of Evolution refers to the actuality that evolution occurs – mutations, natural selection, adaptation, variation, etc. That these things happen cannot be denied. The Theory of Evolution refers to all the mechanisms involved in those processes. The word ‘theory’ in science has a much more technical sense than in ordinary vernacular. A scientific Theory connects up sets of facts and observations and weaves them together into a coherent story, eg, The Theory of Gravity. I have yet to meet a scientist who says that gravity is ‘only a theory and not a fact’.
Evolution has so many gaps
There may be gaps in evolutionary knowledge, but these gaps do not point to the veracity of evolution; it simply affords evolutionary biologists opportunities for more research.
Life is so complex, it could only have come about by a Creator (or, How could all this complexity come about by random chance?)
The statement that life is so complex so that proves that there is a Creator is a teleological argument. Someone else could just as easily say that there are so many problems so that proves that there isn’t a God.
Evolution is by no means a random chance process without rhyme or reason. It is actually a very stringent regulated series of events.
Isn’t radiometric dating inaccurate? Why not just use the Word of God to tell us the date of things?
Radiometric dating is incredibly accurate. Now, if radiometric dating were the only method scientists use to date things, we would have reason to be cautious. As it is, there are other ways to determine the age of things from other scientific fields.
For the YECists, the Bible is to be read literally. The Bible is the yardstick. The age of the world is anything from 6,000 – 10,000 years old. (How there can be a 4,000-year difference is a mystery!) Some YECs insist that the world is only 6,000yo while others ‘allow’ up to 10,000 years old. So, right here, one can see that there is no consensus among YECists. Four thousand years is a BIG error margin for those sorts of numbers.
For mainstream scientists, the age of the world is obtained by study in many fields including astronomy, archaeology, anthropology, biology, chemistry, cosmology, geology, history, linguistics, paleontology, physics, to name but a few. All these fields combined tell us that the universe is 13 billions years old and the world is 4.55 billion years old.
IF YECism is right (note I did NOT say ‘the Bible’, I said ‘YECism’) then we cannot trust the findings in the above scientific areas. When do we agree with mainstream science? How can we say we agree with scientists’ claiming that something is 4 000 years old but not when they claim that something is 40 000 years old if the same dating method is used for both things?
If True Science agrees with the Bible, as many YECists claim, then we should see consensus from scientists from all over the world, and from all religious persuasions. As it is, we see no such thing.
Interestingly, we do not see other religions claiming that their Creation stories are in harmony with science the way that Christian YECists do.
Evolution is a godless theory about the origins of life. Creation gives glory to the Creator.
Evolution neither says nor suggests that there is no God. It is a scientific Theory. Evolution is also NOT about the origins of life. It is a Theory of how life evolved after it appeared.
The study of the origins of life and/or the universe falls under cosmology/cosmogony and not evolution. This is a common misconception.
Certainly, Creation gives glory to the Creator. Evolution and Creation are not mutually exclusive.
If God made things through evolution, then He made mistakes in the beginning. This is not ‘very good’.
Whether or not God got it right the first time is a theological issue – not a scientific one. One can indeed explore this issue – but under Biblical Studies, not science.
Why write Jonathan Park reviews?
I write these reviews mostly for myself. I do it to keep my mind sharp and alert and questioning. Once upon a time, I would have listened to the JP CDs (and read other YEC materials) and loved that there was so much evidence for YECism and that evolution was bunk. Hooray! So, doing research into the issues and writing the reviews has been an eye-opening experience for me.
I would rather believe that I was wonderfully and fearfully made than that I came from amoeba.
You can believe that you are divinely made and created by a loving God (according to Genesis 2, man came from mud) AND believe in evolution. The two are NOT mutually exclusive. For people struggling in this area – because of the teachings of YECism – perhaps my reviews (and blog) may offer some hope.