Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Opus 2013-188: Better with Time?, part 2 of 4, Evolution

The first thing I remember about evolution was an animated feature that showed how different creatures could experience a small change and have it morph into something permanent.  The film was well done and it made sense.  Evolution was planted in my mind.  As I got older I began to learn more about science and biology.  I read and thought.  I began to see how complex life was.  After a time the gaps in the logic of evolution began to be too big to pass over.  I discovered that it wasn’t a matter of “missing links” but that all the links were missing.  I realized that some of the steps in the fossil record had entire creatures constructed from one or two pieces of bone. 

I have come to realize that even people who are convinced about evolution are aware of its weak points.  Michael Crichton was one of those.  In his novel The Lost World, he goes into some of the problems with evolutionary theory.  It was an interesting sample of the twisted logic that is necessary to believe in evolution in the face of the facts.  He even falls back on one of the lines that I have read as an argument against evolution.  He is discussing all of the simultaneous changes that needed to take place in order to squeeze evolution into the time available.  His point is that it could not happen.  In the paperback edition, on page 227, he says,
“And to imagine all these things happen purely by chance is like imagining that a tornado can hit a junkyard and assemble the parts into a working 747 airplane.  It’s very hard to believe.”
If you want to read his whole discussion get the paperback and start around page 225. 

To be continued...

Crichton, Michael.  The Lost World.  New York:  Ballantine Books, 1995.

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  1. Evolution obviously exists, we call it "selective breeding" or "survival of the fittest." That STILL doesn't explain the origin, though.

    1. "Selective breeding" is not the kind of thing that evolutionists are talking about. You don't cross two dogs and get a cat, you get another dog. And it is deliberate, not an accident. I remember listening to someone talk about pedigree bulldogs. He said the "selective breeding" had produced an animal that could not reproduce on its own because the heads of the animals were too big for the birth canal. A dead end street except for the intervention of a higher order.

      But even if you accept evolution, as you say, what was the origin?

      Grace and peace.


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