A young-Earth biologist’s perspective on evolution
I believe young-Earth creationism is wrong, but there are a couple of young-Earth creationists who (whom?) I have a lot of respect for. Two of them are Todd Wood at Todd’s Blog, and Paul Garner at The New Creationism. I think they are completely wrong about Earth history—I believe this for both scientific and Biblical reasons—but they are respectful, well-informed, deeply committed to the truthfulness of Scriptures, and more willing than most young-Earth creationists to say that there are things in popular young-Earth creationism that simply do not work.
Todd Wood recently wrote a blog entry called The truth about evolution. Here are a few quotes:
Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is evidence for evolution, gobs and gobs of it. It is not just speculation or a faith choice or an assumption or a religion. It is a productive framework for lots of biological research, and it has amazing explanatory power. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth about the failure of evolution. There has really been no failure of evolution as a scientific theory. It works, and it works well.
Creationist students, listen to me very carefully: There is evidence for evolution, and evolution is an extremely successful scientific theory. That doesn’t make it ultimately true, and it doesn’t mean that there could not possibly be viable alternatives. It is my own faith choice to reject evolution, because I believe the Bible reveals true information about the history of the earth that is fundamentally incompatible with evolution.
A few observations:
- This won’t be very popular with a lot of young-Earth creationists who have put a tremendous amount of energy into trying to prove that evolution is a giant lie from Satan. It will, therefore, for the most part be ignored.
- I think Dr. Wood could solve his dilemma by taking a closer look at what the Scriptures actually say. I am convinced that the Biblical foundations of young-Earth creationism are made of sand. The Bible does not say anything one way or the other about biological evolution, it does not say that animals did not die before Adam’s sin, it does not say that the sedimentary rock record was deposited by Noah’s flood, and it even does not say that the Earth was created only 6000 years ago.
Grace and Peace