Evolution: an Intellectual Contradiction

by Howard Glass

There is a centuries old split between science and religion. Though they once worked hand in hand, today they are often adversaries. Each side believes the other ignores evidence when it is inconsistent with their worldview. Take the controversial theory of "intelligent design," for instance. Though rejected by the mainstream, it has a small following among scientists. Ironically, there are some scientists who consider evolution to be faith-based. (See the February, 2007 issue of Pulpit Helps.)

As a Bible-believing Christian, I greatly value science, but I find it hard to respect the scientific community when I consider their apparent lack of intellectual integrity. Stay with me here.

Compare a house to the lawn surrounding it. The house appears more complex than the grass. But it is not. Houses are built every day. No one has ever created or manufactured a single blade of living grass. We couldn't if we wanted to. Despite our technological wizardry, even common weeds are far beyond us.

Evolutionists insist that grass is the product of natural selection, or even of chance. But, if we hold that something too complex for us to reproduce happened by chance then logically things which we can reproduce may also happen by chance. But houses do not happen by chance.

To dismiss the possibility of a creator when man cannot reproduce things like grass is hardly honest; in fact it seems obtuse.

It is kind to use grass for comparison. Consider: horse and automobile, beaver and bulldozer, hummingbird and helicopter, eyeball and camera lens, etc. In all of these cases the more complex is said to have occurred without intelligent input. Science admits man's inventions are creative while insisting that things too complex for us happened randomly? Something is twisted here. It qualifies as nonsense.

Further, is there any orderly thing that happened by chance that cannot be done deliberately? One might play poker his whole life and never draw a royal flush but that combination of cards can be assembled anytime. Yet even our humble grass is more than orderly and complex; it has systematic traits. It feeds and reproduces itself.

Beyond that, in the natural world we see order and system so sophisticated we have yet to understand it all. Scientific progress produces more questions than it answers.

Reasonable people pause when they ponder such evidence. To accept evolution we must dismiss this evidence. But how can one who seeks the truth do that? I fear the secular scientist fits the proverbial saying, "There is none so blind as he who will not see."

When the final trumpet sounds and no truth can be hidden or denied, no healthy-minded person will have grounds for treating this overwhelming evidence with scorn. "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Rom. 1:20).

Howard Glass is a freelance writer who currently attends the East Main Street Presbyterian Church
in Grove City, Penn., where he serves as a small group leader.

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