3 Reasons I Don’t Believe in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution
For many, the theory of evolution is an accepted fact of life’s origin. But not everyone accepts it as fact. What are some reasons to reject the theory of Darwinian evolution?
Much of society and education embrace Darwin’s theory of evolution as a fact to explain our origins and the vast diversity of life. The theory of evolution by natural selection was first formulated by Charles Darwin in his book On the Origin of Species in 1859. The theory of evolution states that:
- All life-forms on earth (human, animal and plant) have a common ancestor.
- All of life’s diversity arose from gradual modifications driven by the process of natural selection where the fittest life-forms would survive, passing their traits to their descendants.
Now it’s a fact that’s been demonstrated that there can be changes within a species—what might be called microevolution. However, Darwin’s idea that one species could change into another (such as a dinosaur evolving into a bird) is theoretical. Such changes—what might be called macroevolution—require chance occurrences with astronomically low odds and cannot be proven.
The theory of Darwinian evolution attempts to explain why life doesn’t require a designer or creator—in other words, God. Consider the following quotes:
- Richard Dawkins, a world-renowned atheist, wrote in his book The Blind Watchmaker: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose” (1996, p. 4).
- Francisco Ayala, an evolutionary biologist and philosopher, wrote in his book Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion: “The functional design of organisms and their features would therefore seem to argue for the existence of a designer. It was Darwin’s greatest accomplishment to show that the directive organization of living beings can be explained as the result of a natural process, natural selection, without any need to resort to a Creator or other external agent” (quoted in Signs of Intelligence: Understanding Intelligent Design, 2001, p. 146).
Both of these scientists agree that what we see in nature appears to be designed, yet they believe that it happened without a designer. This goes to the heart of the issue: Is there a master designer who created all things, or did it all come about by natural processes? Here are three reasons why I do not believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Reason 1: The uniqueness of human beings
Human beings are unique among all forms of life. We have unique capabilities unparalleled in the animal kingdom that set us apart. (That’s why I can say with 100-percent certainty that no animal is going to read this blog and be offended.) These include the capabilities of self-analysis, self-consciousness, awareness of mortality, contemplation of the meaning of life, humor, creativity, appreciation, ability to design, imagination, innovation, abstract reasoning, language, numerous other advanced cognitive skills and consideration of the spirit world.
All our knowledge of information systems shows that information must come from an intelligent source, in other words, a master programmer.
Can these capabilities be explained by biological means? Human DNA is 96 percent similar to that of chimpanzees (though DNA is so densely packed with information that a 4-percent difference is actually more significant than we may comprehend), and the human brain is neither heavier nor larger than brains found in some animals. These differences cannot be explained physically. To me, the biblical explanation is more convincing. The Bible reveals we have a spirit given to us by God that provides us with abilities unique to human beings (Zechariah 12:1; Job 32:8; Proverbs 20:27; 1 Corinthians 2:11).
Reason 2: Life comes from life
Though Darwin’s theory begins with a single living cell, the theory of evolution is embedded in an even greater evolutionary theory that starts with the origin of the universe. Darwin proposed in a letter to a friend that life may have originated “in some warm little pond with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts,—light, heat, electricity [etc.] present, that a protein compound was chemically formed, ready to undergo still more complex changes.”
Michael Behe, in his book Darwin’s Black Box, wrote that “in private many scientists admit that science has no explanation for the beginning of life” (2006, pp. 172-173). Scientists today still speculate on the origin of life. But all the speculation involves life spontaneously arising where there was no life before. They ignore the fact that nature shows that living things only come from other living things and that life does not spontaneously generate on its own. The Bible reveals that God is the source of life (Genesis 2:7; Job 33:4; Nehemiah 9:6; John 1:3-4; Acts 17:25).
Reason 3: DNA, the information source directing life
When Darwin formulated his theory, he did not know about DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). DNA is a sequence of chemicals that form an instruction code, found deep inside a cell’s nucleus. The instructions within DNA allow cells to build complex proteins (see this amazing video).
DNA functions similarly to computer code. Bill Gates likened DNA to a “computer program but far, far more advanced than any software we’ve ever created” (The Road Ahead, 1996, p. 228). Scientists have even started using DNA for data storage and see its potential to store the entire Internet in a single room!
Evolution supposes a scenario where chemicals arranged themselves by chance in the correct order to produce the first living cell. German physicist Bernd-Olaf Küppers explained the issue this way: “The question of the origin of life is thus equivalent to the question of the origin of biological information” (Information and the Origin of Life, 1990, p. xviii).
All our knowledge of information systems shows that information must come from an intelligent source, in other words, a master programmer. Nature cannot produce information. This fact alone convicted atheist professor Antony Flew to accept the existence of a higher intelligence in 2004.
As we learn more about the complexity of life and our universe, we can better understand the words of Paul in Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”