Acts of Faith: Evolution is Magical, Medieval Sorcery
Why do I believe in a Creator? Why don’t I just believe what I have been told by educators and entertainers? What’s wrong with adopting the conventional, well-funded, and politically correct view that we all came from primates, then from lower forms of animals, and then from slime in a pond somewhere?
As they say, “From goo to you by way of the zoo.”
After all, a lot of smart people believe in evolution – and evolution does not require God. So why should I believe in God?
Besides, who am I (how arrogant of me) to not agree with what is taught in the media, loved by Hollywood and defended by the academic elite?
I believe in a Creator for many reasons. For one, I’m not a ‘group-think’ kind of person. I don’t just go with the flow. I walk upstream. Put my face to the wind. Think for myself.
But that often puts me at odds with the status quo.
Secondly, I just see the whole idea that one form of life (dog, donkey, dinosaur) changing into another form as impossible, even if you give it millions and millions of years.
“A long, long, long time ago … very slowly … with no known reason … dinosaurs transmogrified into chickens.”
That is just too fantastical for me. It smacks of medieval sorcery. No one ever tells me how these animals change, just that they did. Magically. Although I love myths, magic, and science fiction – for entertainment – I don’t want to base my life of such things.
Then there is the whole issue of science. As we observe our world today, we discover certain principles or rules that seem to apply everywhere. We call these the laws of nature. The problem is that what we know about science – laws devised from actually observing the universe – do not allow for the kind of evolutionary scenario that I mentioned above.
In mathematics, there is this thing called information theory.
One of the tenants of the theory is that new information cannot come about by accident, but must always have an intelligent source. This is universally true. We have never seen an exception. But, evolution wants us to believe that the vast amount of new information needed to create each new type of animal, just came out of nowhere. That’s not science. That’s Harry Potter.
Then there is this thing called entropy. You might have heard the word, but are not sure what it is. Entropy applies everywhere in the universe. The universe would not be the universe as we know it, were it not for entropy.
In terms I can understand, entropy is this: “Given time, all systems go from order to disorder.”
Actually, this is one of the few ways we can tell the direction of time’s arrow. Time makes things worse.
But according to evolution, over time, different life forms evolved and became more and more complex. It is almost as if evolution caused time to go backwards – but only for evolution. This sounds like a great fairy tale, but it makes for terrible science.
There are many other laws of mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and microbiology that also violate the very concept of evolution.
So why do people still believe in evolution? There are various reasons. Some people just follow the media and the academic elite because they think that those people must be very smart. But many of these very smart people cling to evolution because they want the approval of their peers, and they think that God would cramp their life style.
So the myth lives on.
But our belief system should not be based on what we would like to be true, or on what will make us popular, but on a relentless pursuit of the truth.
Written by John Martens, Ph.D. in physics and pastor at The Connection, British Columbia.
The article was published September 6, 2013 in The News