Evolution Evidences

I think most of my readers know I believe in evolution. I don’t care if you do. My interest is not to convince you that evolution happened. My interest is to convince you to do one of two things:

  1. Limit your opposition to evolution to your interpetation of Genesis.
  2. Actually learn something about science, about evolution, and do so at least 50/50 from secular and creationist sources.

Anti-evolution campaigning is embarrassing. It is full of dishonesty, ignorance, mischaracterization, and slander.

If you don’t want to talk about evolution, don’t read this. I don’t care if you believe in evolution. I care if you get recruited into the foolishness, dishonesty, and slander practiced on a regular basis by creationist organizations like the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and the Discovery Institute. I oppose them strongly as defaming the Gospel and Christianity by their behavior.

That said, for those who are interested, here is a really excellent article on
three basic evidences for evolution.

My apologies for the title of the article (“Evolution Is a Fact”). Evolution is a theory that has withstood 155 years of attempts to falsify it (the job of scientists), and it has become the foundation of the biological sciences, resulting in incredible medical advances and an astounding insight into the mechanics of life, perhaps so great an insight as to be morally dangerous. “Fact” is not really the right word to apply to a scientific theory, no matter how well established, but human nature often brings scientists to acknowledge the obvious: the history of life on earth is so well-document that there is no longer any doubt that all life evolved from one (most likely) or a few single-celled ancestors.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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5 Responses to Evolution Evidences

  1. Ben says:

    I’m somewhat curious about the debate, but your guess is correct that I find the premise to be very annoying. I tend to enjoy old earth vs. young earth debates between Christians (Hugh Ross vs. Kent Hovind on the John Ankerberg show in the year 2000 is my favorite example), or debates between Intelligent Design vs. Accidental Evolution (like what was demonstrated in Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled”).
    As I understand it, C.S. Lewis was a “theistic evolutionist”, and I have no real problem with the possibility that God used evolution as part of His creation process.

  2. Ben says:

    I used to be one of them, then I started digging deeper and was surprised to find that a deeper understanding of Scripture easily allowed for an old earth/universe, leaving the job up to science. I excitedly shared my findings with friends and relatives, only to find that self-imposed young earth dogma was firmly entrenched mainly because the English word “day” surely must have meant 24 hours…
    In their minds, once you start questioning 24-hour creation days you may as well be questioning the crucifixion and resurrection. Much of this sort of thinking comes from the “KJV-only” crowd. The fringe minority of Christians called Fundamentalists make Christianity look shallow and uneducated with their constant debating, etc.

    • paulfpavao says:

      Ah, okay. I definitely get it. Are you planning on watching the Ham-Nye debate tonight? From your perspective, that ought to be extremely annoying. It will probably annoy me, too, but I’m terribly curious about how it’s going to go; most specifically how prepared Bill Nye will be.

      I’m also curious about whether they are going to have an atheist/creator debate or an evolution debate.

  3. Ben says:

    I don’t necessarily accept or reject evolution as a Christian (after quite a bit of research into the subject). What I have a problem with is evolutionists who claim there is no God, and Christians who insist that evolution can’t be true largely because they think the Bible says so.

    • paulfpavao says:

      Evolutionists who claim there is no God probably describes atheists in general. Seems unlikely that many atheists deny evolution.

      There are scientists (e.g. Richard Dawkins) who think that science eliminates the need for God, as far as origins go, and it thus disproves God. Those go way over their bounds, and usually Christians do pretty well refuting thim. (They don’t do so well arguing against evolution, but let’s not mix the two. Our evidences for the existence of God have little to do with science or testable experiments.)

      I am a little puzzled by your difficulty with Christians who insist that evolution can’t be true because the Bible says so. I disagree with them, but I understand and empathize with them. When that Bible belief of theirs turns into slander and dishonesty toward scientists, then I have a Biblical problem with them. Maybe you can expound a bit on why those Christians bug you?

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