A Monkey's Nephew

I found that I wanted to dig into this thing called “Evolution” and comprehend what it meant. Certainly, we’ve all seen the multi-figured image from our grade schools that shows the evolutionary steps of a monkey to a man, right. I’ve heard a lot of chatter over the years and found that I don’t believe in the Theory of Evolution, but I found that I couldn’t explain clearly why not.  I have heard people say that God used evolution, but that didn’t make a lot of sense simply because “why would He want to or need to?”  Seems like someone’s hoping we can all just get along….I want to find the truth and I want to be willing to look at all facts and see what’s really there, even if I don’t like it.  Rhetoric is not proof, cynicism is not faith, clinging to a belief without questioning it seems too timid.  If God is real, then I think he can withstand a few questions and peeks behind the curtain.  Even if my research doesn’t lead me to complete empirical conclusions, it should get me to a close enough jumping off point to a reasonable conclusion.  Seems like good research should get us closer to one conclusion than another, right?  If we insist on being rational about it, we should be willing to go where the best evidence takes us.

the_evolution_of_manThe Theory of Intelligent Design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best described as designed versus random chance or natural selection that Darwinists would claim. There are many books on this concept of Intelligent Design. I have read 2-3 and have a few more. I also thought it would be fair-minded to read some books from the other side of the debate.

I read both “The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins and then read “The Dawkins Delusion” by Alister McGrath. I also read “The Blind Watchmaker” by Dawkins and then “Darwin’s Black Box” again, “The Selfish Gene” by Dawkins and then “The Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. I read “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel.

I found a certain arrogance in some of the books I read, I’ll let you find out for yourself which ones.  In my search for information, I noticed time and again that some authors would spend a lot of time on more emotional issues and opinions than concrete conclusions. I appreciate passion, but when someone frequently jumps into sarcasm vs. real science, I began to have a hard time accepting their positions completely.  I was actually surprised to find that the neo-darwinists were much more apt to spend a chapter on emotional attacks and ridicule of opposing views.  Frankly, I expected the creationists to play the emotional/spiritual card more often than they did.

What’s the conclusion:  well this post is already getting long, but let me mention a few concepts that really got me thinking:

1.) Irreducible Complexity

2.) Information storage at the molecular level

3.) Fine Tuning in the Universe

I like the clarity of the information I was able to find.  I liked being able to reach some conclusions that made sense without just taking someone else’s word for it

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