The Query of Evolution: Did the Creator leave Breadcrumbs?

Over the last few months I trawled MyNews24, reading many opinion pieces and comments relating to Christianity. Oh let’s be honest the buzz is the on-going on-line debate between evolutionists – and themselves really – regarding the whole creation thing.

Admittedly I’m no scientist – neither are the vast majority of zealots rallying under the Darwinian banner – but I can observe, and relate, that which is patently obvious to all. The Query of Evolution begs response; below is an answer, well three answers, simple enough for my kids to grasp I hope:

Cast your Gaze Skyward

The Good Book says The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. The splendour of the universe, its grandeur and majesty solicits consideration regarding its order; just explore the immense complexities of the human eye; or the improbable intricacies of a single celled organism. Intelligent design, like proverbial breadcrumbs, point to a divine architect, and are strewn within plain sight, evident to all. To deny this is to shut your ears as all creation around you screams of the awesome greatness of its Creator.

Cast your Gaze Causeward

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Ever wonder why there is something rather than nothing at all? Out of nothing, nothing comes; yet all around us we can plainly observe all kinds of something. Everything we see is an effect of a cause. An impersonal, meaningless and purposeless nothing could not have formed beings so brimming with personality, obsessed with meaning and bent on purpose. Only the most devoted or hoodwinked follower could be duped into placing their faith in ‘evolved out of nothing’ rather than ‘created by something’.

Cast your Gaze Inward

In the image of God made he man. Why is it that the awareness of right and wrong dwells within your being? And it’s not just you, all humanity has a shared imprint of this knowledge stamped within them; it transcends you and me, humanity even, and universal laws require a universal lawgiver. To deny that you’ve been created and bear the mark of the divine crafter within you is to turn a blind eye to the bright florescent signboard blinking within your soul.

“What I’m trying to say is there are evidences for the existence of God, rational and empirical, you’ve just got to look. While I cannot discount the presence of faith in my life and the need for faith in yours I wish you to know that a Christian’s belief in a creator is not a blind leap into the unknown but a rational walk along a pathway well lit by faith.”

via The Query of Evolution: Did the Creator leave Breadcrumbs? | News24.

7 thoughts on “The Query of Evolution: Did the Creator leave Breadcrumbs?

  1. This sounds almost Thomistic :-)

    Seriously, though, I’m not sure that I understand the point you’re making by directing this at “evolution.” If it’s a refutation of the idea that we all evolved by chance and that the universe, and life itself, is ultimately meaningless, then I think it’s excellent. But if (and your use of the term evolution makes me wonder at this) it’s a rejection of all scientific evolutionary theories as incompatible with Christian (or any theistic) faith, then I think it’s not only unnecessary but also dangerous. As St Augustine said (in a quote that I recently posted), if educated people hear Christians talking nonsense about things they know something about, then they are just going to write off Christianity. There is no necessary incompatibility between some evolutionary theories and findings and Christian faith, although there is indeed an incompatibility between some – ultimately nihilistic – theories of it and Christianity.

    • Hey there,

      The object of this post was to proposition Creation and nothing more. In fact I don’t think any of my arguments go beyond a transcendent creator.

      I do believe in a young earth, but it wasn’t my intent to go that far in this post; that’ll come in another.

      Thanks for commenting Macrina. PS, your interaction on the site has given me opportunity to read up a little more on the Orthodoxy; thanks for sharpening me.

  2. In the same contribution he again drags along the idea, as opposed to a tried and tested scientific theory, of a conjurer’s trick of universal proportions, namely, the “creation of the universe from nothing through quantum fluctuations,” whatever it is that he means by “nothing”.

  3. Nice post Mark. The only think I need to point out is that the application of the statement “in the image of God” is incorrect. The original meaning of the this phrase has nothing whatsover to do with likeness but representation or election. We should understand “imago dei” more in terms of a coin that bears the image of Caesar. The coin is in the image of Caesar because it bears his image and hence represents his rule. However the coin does in essence has no likeness to Caesar. The incorrect interpretation of imago dei as pointing towards the soul or spirit is just a slippery slope towards Gnosticism

    • Umm, Simon, on what basis do you disregard the plain words of Scripture (Genesis 1:26-28) and its earliest interpreters. If the Christian understanding of humanity’s creation in God’s Image (and Likeness) was in any way linked to Gnosticism, it would hardly have been set out so clearly by Saint Irenaeus of Lyons who was, after all, the arch foe of all things Gnostic!

      • Hi Macrina, I am not disregarding the scripture, I am challenging the interpretation thereof. I disagree with the Calvins idea that the “in the image of God” mean likeness in the same way that a cup of salt water is similar to the sea. Such intepretation sometimes leads people to make statements suggesting the soul was something godly whereas the body isnt – this is what I mean by Gnostic interpretation and is not Biblical. My view is closer to that of Karl Barth who explained that these words don’t describe something that is within us but something that we are (relational & representational). So we “are” in a certain relationship with God and other humans beings, and we are meant to be representative of God in certain areas of this life. On a more general note for me I am not too phased whether intepretator are “early” or “late”. People have erred in the past and people will err in the future. Like I explained with the coin in the image of Caesar. It does not mean that the coin has any likeness with Caesar but people trading in this currency become representitive of his rule.

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