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THE EVOLUTION OF EVOLUTION
Any commentary or discussion on the human condition will at some point raise the subject of Evolution, no matter how tangential it may seem to the topic at hand. The promotion of the theory by Darwin, Wallace and others from the mid-nineteenth century on, exacted a severe toll on the Christian faith. The discovery in 1902 by the German explorer, Oscar von Beringe, of the mountain gorilla in Uganda, confounded many. Here was a creature which organised itself into a social structure and displayed human-like emotions. To Victorian society it was both an object of fascination and dread. An unsettling spectacle to many Christians, its very existence inveighed against the then-prevalent conviction that Man was unique, created in the image of God.
Today, relatively few Christians fret about Evolution. As Christianised societies have departed from a belief in the Scriptures, most no longer recognise – nor care – how the teaching contradicts the Bible’s view of humanity. Ongoing discoveries in the field of genetics have resulted in the demotion of Man from one made in the image of God to that of a higher order of animal – an accidental by-product. This perception now permeates all analysis in the social sciences, history, anthropology, psychology and astronomy (the declared aim of which is to uncover evidence of random intelligent life beyond our solar system).
Atheistic science, nurtured in the dogma of human evolution, is unhappy with us as a species, and seeks to improve on the human being, which it regards as defective and not truly fit for purpose. That we are defective is undeniable. Easily distracted and erratic at any age, our mind and our memory are faulty. We are prone to errors of judgement – else why is our second thought often better than our first? We break our ankle and wind up in hospital from simply stepping off a kerb during a Sunday stroll. Such errors and frailties vindicate the view of the atheist-evolutionist, who argues that these are immutable flaws in our biology and construction, that such frailties prove no outside top-order competent Mind made us.
Rebuttals to these criticisms are found in Genesis and throughout the Scriptures. The account of Man's fall into sin predicts illness, dying and death and a gradual atrophy of human powers and genetic muddling. Simply put, the Bible already knew that humanity would become a mess and gives the reason: that we are fallen from our original perfect state.
Notwithstanding, the fact that Man alone, as a self-aware being, is able to find fault with himself – that is, to compare himself against an ideal standard – favours the Bible's explanation of the human condition. Humanity’s persisting, inherited memory – its shared meme – is that of once having been perfect in a dim and distant past. His restless endeavour to better his condition is an instinctive attempt to regain Paradise, Utopia, Shangri-La – however named. For although God subjected mankind to dying and death, He also implanted in it a felt need for a future deliverance, one which will be effected at Christʼs return (Rom. 8: 20, 21, KJV):
[T]he creature was made subject to vanity [inutility, depravity], not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
May-June 2018. no copyright.