I reckon the band Devo got it right and man is currently de-evolving! We are forgetting major trades, suffering cancers on an unprecedented scale and are physically going down the tubes with our lifestyles and environment fast. If the theory of evolution is true, it is doubtful the fittest species on earth will be man!
There are countless theories of evolution and each TV programme spouts, with amazing confidence, a completely different theory of evolution from the last TV programme, but less commonly known is the fact there are different ideas in the Christian world about how old the earth is and how man developed too. On one extreme there are those who say it is 6,000 years old and on the other extreme you have the physician-geneticist scientist Francis Collins, who advocates theistic evolution in his book The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Collins is best known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, but far more importantly than that, he rides a Harley-Davidson. Must be an Evo’ I guess!
Francis Collins is the evangelical Christian who founded the organisation BioLogos where science and faith co-exist. With reference to Adam and Eve Collins asks if Genesis could be presenting “a poetic and powerful allegory” about God endowing humanity with a spiritual and moral nature? “Both options are intellectually tenable,” he concludes. He thinks the universe was created by God about 14 billion years ago with its properties being precisely tuned for life and that humans shared a common ancestor with the apes, but are unique in ways that defy evolutionary explanations and point to a spiritual nature, such as the knowledge of right and wrong and the search for God.
John Lennox is a Christian and Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science who teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. His most recent book, on the interface between science, philosophy and theology, is God’s Undertaker – Has Science Buried God? asks, “What did the writer of Genesis mean by “the first day”? If I believe that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, am I denying the authority of Scripture?” Lennox suggests that Christians can heed modern scientific knowledge while staying faithful to the biblical narrative.
You may think that to be a christian you must first sign up to zero evolution, seven literal days of creation and the Scottish National Party Manifesto (future
devolution), but what these scientists did instead is argue that so many areas within evolutionary theory are inexplicable without God. Personally I don’t believe, as Devo put it, “God made man, but he used a monkey to do it!” God could easily have created a literal couple to kick it all off or as part of a process for while evolution exists within species, as you can see by the different colours and shapes of people, it doesn’t mean all species had to evolve. Jesus created an eye, so why not a whole guy? God’s abilities are not limited by science’s ability to explain them, science is limited, God is not. Nonetheless intelligent thinking on theistically guided evolution (example from Alvin Plantinga) makes it unwise to insist walking with God is dependent on rejecting evolutionary theory, so evolutionary theory should not be a barrier to meaningful church involvement.
Was Theistic Evolution copied from Devo?