Wednesday, January 6, 2010


By the astounding claims of one of its chief proponents and apologists there is now irrefutable evidence that Evolutionism is beginning to collapse on account of a faulty design built upon a faulty premise. The Neo-Darwinist Richard Dawkins (also a biologist), in answer to the argument that design in creation necessarily implies a designer, alleges (in the face of the mass of evidence to the contrary!), that

'We live on a planet where we are surrounded by perhaps ten million species, each one of which independently displays a powerful illusion of apparent design.’[1]

Wow! Don't rush past this. Think about it. Here we have a biologist dismissing ten million pieces of evidence of design because the body of evidence does not fit with his theory! What’s happening here? Ultimately Dawkins’ argument begins and ends with that which he believes beforehand, which is to say that his argument is based upon his own set of neo-Darwinian presuppositions. These presuppositions may be summarised by something like the following ‘I believe in the Theory of Evolution. And I believe that Natural Selection is the mechanism by which contemporary man has ‘evolved’ to his present state. Therefore I will do all I can to defend my belief-system – even to the point of claiming that all design in creation is simply ‘apparent’ and therefore is illusory. And by so doing I refuse the God of Christianity, i.e., the alleged Designer of creation and all therein, even a foot in the door.’

To this the Christian replies as the Christian has replied for centuries:

'I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, Who was conceived of the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.'[2]

Rather than beginning and ending with contemporary man Christian cosmology holds up the eternal transcendent Triune God who has revealed Himself in the Bible as the great originator of all things (i.e., the universe, life, man etc.) And because Christian cosmology begins with God it holds that contemporary man is not identical to man as God created him in the beginning. Contemporary man is fallen man.

[1] Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, Bantam Press 2006, p. 139.
[2] This, the so-called ‘Apostles’ Creed’, articulates the basic teaching of the Bible and therefore what all Christians believe. Christians other than the Apostles wrote the Apostles’ Creed in the early centuries after Christ.

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