Is Evolution really a religion, and if so, why?
On of our speakers was Dr. John Morris, the president of the Institute for Creation Research. He has a doctor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in geological engineering. He is the author of numerous books, including The Young Earth. He has also led numerous expeditions to Mt. Ararat in search of Noah's Ark. Dr. Morris' topic at our conference was "The Challenge of Evolution" (watch).
The Religion of Evolution
When discussing Evolution we hear the phrase "Evolution by mutation and natural selection." That's an important word — "natural selection." That means Evolution by natural processes and by natural law. Evolution is just something that according to Evolutionists just naturally happened. It required nothing supernatural. Got it? We're talking natural here.
I really think Evolution is the religion of naturalism because it believes there is nothing supernatural at work on planet earth. This is a worldview. It's in its truest sense a religion. Therefore, Evolution is also an anti-Christian religion. It's the religion that believes natural processes have done it all, including natural selection, when it comes to everything existing that does so today.
Remember that science has to do with observation. That's what scientists do. They make their observations. They perform their experiments. They collect the data. They make observations. But, when we are talking Evolution and Creation, we can't observe them. If they happened at all they happened in the unobserved past when nobody was watching, because they are not happening today. We can't see Creation happen. I've got to tell you, no Evolutionist will claim that they've ever seen Evolution take place. They say it happened in the past when I wasn't watching. Well, Creationists say the same thing. Both of these are worldviews concerning unobserved history. This is not strict science here, rather it's a philosophy about the past. Evolution in truth is a worldview about the past, trying to explain the fact that you and I are here and are what we are without a supernatural God.
Darwin thought Evolution up because he had given up on God. He knew we had to have gotten here some way, and with only natural law to work with, natural selection became Darwin's best guess. But, Evolution doesn't fit the scientific evidence very well.
So, both views — Creation and Evolution — are about unobserved history.
We don't observe Evolution or Creation happening in the present, but we do see mutation happening all the time. In fact, all of you have mutated while you've been reading this. You are all mutants. Thankfully, your cells are so well designed they find those mutations and fix them before they can do any damage. So, we do see mutations, but they're not innovative. They're not helpful.
We also do see survival of the fittest, but that's kind of a totalitist thing. I mean, the fittest survive therefore they survived? Yeah.
Mutations and survival of the fittest are impotent to bring about true evolutionary change. To go from a frog to a prince you need a lot of really helpful mutations. But, again, mutations are overwhelmingly harmful and not helpful or innovative. They are what we call birth defects when they get into the reproductive cells. That's what a birth defect is — a mutation. Evolutionists claim that trillions of helpful birth defects have turned that frog into a prince. You know we've never observed one helpful birth defect. You could count them on the fingers of one hand, even if you are a mutant and don't have any fingers. Beneficial mutations — that's a contradiction in terms. It doesn't happen. These are harmful, not helpful.
Evolution goes uphill, but what we see naturally is going downhill. We do see survival of the fittest, but that's not really natural selection.
Did you know that Evolutionist don't even claim to have seen natural selection take place? They ascribe everything to natural selection. Natural selection is almost a god to them. It can do everything like turn a frog into a prince, but we don't see it really working. There's nothing selecting about natural selection. Selection means you've got to think through it and make your choice.
Biblically, what's really happening is that the organism itself was created with these marvelous powers to adapt and vary so that it can survive. God has built that into the organisms, not into nature doing the selection. The organism itself varies in order to survive.
Evolution's just the wrong way of thinking about things. We don't observe vertical change. Evolution is vertical change, but we don't observe it. What we do observe is stasis. We do observe things staying the same. Evolution is all about changes, but what we observe as scientists is stasis. We have never seen anything other than stasis. We have seen some downhill slides. We have seen some extinctions, but we've never seen anything new come into existence. We've never seen anything natural climb a hill. It always goes downhill. So, observation concludes that Evolution didn't happen.
Christians ought not to believe in Evolution because it just didn't happen. Christians ought to believe in true things.
For one, Evolution doesn't happen in the present. Evolutionists will say, "Oh, well maybe it happened in the past when we weren't watching." Well, we do have a record of life in the past and that is in the fossil record.
For example, let me show you a little bit about the fossil record using the trilobite. Trilobite fossils can be found in one of the lowest levels of the geologic strata, the oldest levels, say 500 million years ago according to Evolution. I don't buy the number, but don't get hung up about the number. I think that's a wrong number. Anyway, according to them 500 million to 550 million years ago this creature lived. The trilobite is a very common fossil. Evolution says you go from simple to complex, or ameba to man, right? Simple to complex. But, I've got to tell you, these trilobites down here at the bottom which are supposed to be the oldest, well they are quite complex. This creature is as complex as any creature around today.
Life started out complex, and it's still complex. There's no such thing as simple life. If it's living, its complex. If it's simple, it can't live. There's really no such thing as simple life. Life has always been complex. For example, the trilobite, sometimes in the fossils you can even see the eyeball which contains a complex lens. This, supposedly the most ancient of creatures, is as complex as any eyeball that's around today.
Things started out complex. They stayed complex. They are still complex. There's no such thing in the fossil record as simple to complex.
In the final part of Dr. Morris' presentation on the challenge of Evolution, he'll explain what three beliefs are foundational to the Christian worldview.