Can you answer the following question: What do you know about evolution that is true? If you can’t answer it, you’re in good scientific company. ♦
There’s an account of a controversial speech given in 1981 at the New York’s American Museum of Natural History by Colin Patterson, a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. Though an atheist, Patterson made the following shockingly honest statement:
“One of the reasons I started taking a non-evolutionary view was my sudden realization that after working on evolution for 20 years I knew nothing whatever about it. It was quite a shock to learn that one could be so misled for so long. Either there was something wrong with me, or there was something wrong with evolution, and naturally I suppose there is nothing wrong with me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried putting a question to various people and groups of people.
The question is “Can you tell me anything you know about evolution – any one statement that seems to be true?”
I tried that question on the Geology staff in the Field Museum [of Natural History], and got no answer. I tried it on the members of the evolutionary morphology seminar in the University of Chicago. After a long silence, one person said “I know it ought not to be taught in high school.” 1
After his speech, Patterson was attacked by many of his academic peers. Patterson said he “went through merry hell for about a year. Almost everybody except the people at the British Museum objected.” He said that “I found that what you say will be taken in ‘political’ rather than rational terms.” He later said just before his death in 1998 that evolution is presented in textbooks as though it were “the unified field theory of biology,” holding the whole subject together – and binding the profession to it. “Once something has that status,” he said, “it becomes like religion…[It] is obvious that it is a faith.” 2
You hear this one a lot. Science has proven evolution therefore evolution is true. Since evolution is true and Christians don’t believe it, then Christians don’t believe science and they aren’t rational people.
Really? Let’s put that claim to the test.
First off, evolution in the sense that things change is evident. No rational person disputes that. Therefore rational Christians believe it. We can observe change.
But evolution in the sense that life came from non-life and then that life began to randomly generate new genetic information and that over time it eventually produced humans is something entirely different, and something that quite honestly does not hold up against science.
In other words, evolution in the sense of molecules to man is not scientifically possible and therefore should not be viewed as scientific fact. It is actually in great opposition to science; that is, observational science – the kind of science we can test and repeat and use our five senses to understand.
Science demonstrates that over time living organisms lose genetic information – they don’t gain it. That same science demonstrates that life doesn’t arise from non-life.
There is no known observable process by which genetic information can be added to an organism’s genetic code.
None. That pretty much refutes evolution right away because there is no way to go from a fish to an amphibian without adding new information, right?
If living organisms cannot produce new genetic information, how can something gradually change into something of higher intelligence or form or complexity? That is, how can anything evolve from an amoeba to a man without adding new genetic information?
The answer, of course, is that it can’t. Plain and simple.
Now, some have speculated and imagined all kinds of things and they’ve brought in artists to produce creative renderings based on guesses and they have been successful in telling a very convincing story that humans have evolved from ape-like creatures. But, those are just drawings. They are just stories.
What we really observe is that humans are humans and apes are apes.
Never, ever has it been observed that life can come from non-life.
So, here are two major scientific evidences against evolution. First, that there is no known observable process by which genetic information can be added to an organism’s genetic code. Second, life has never been observed to come from non-life. So molecules to man evolution doesn’t really make scientific sense. Yet, we’re all here. And life is all around us in various forms.
Although evolution cannot account for this, the Bible can. The Bible reveals that the all-powerful, all-knowing, supernatural God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing, and all life according to its kinds; that is, each with its own set of genetic information.
So again, what the Bible reveals makes sense with what we see and understand. Evolution does not. 3
Do you believe in evolution? Who told you it was true?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1
1 Darwin’s House of Cards, Tom Bethell, Discovery Institute Press, 2017, p. 142.
2 Ibid. p. 148.
3 Evidence Against Evolution, Answers in Genesis, Check It Out!, video, 2011.