There is no doubt that the theory of evolution has made a significant contribution to the decline in Christian belief within western nations over the last few decades. The widespread proclamation of evolution as an established fact has convinced many people that there is a purely mechanistic explanation for the origin of life – one which precludes the necessity for a supernatural creator. Atheism and agnosticism are now rampant, and I regularly encounter people who say, in a round-about way, “Hasn’t evolution disproved the existence of God?”
In my experience, atheists tend to fall into two camps. The first are those with a pre-existing atheistic conviction for whom the theory of evolution is a convenient stand to hang their disbelief. Noted atheist, Richard Dawkins, falls into this category. He confessed as much when he wrote, “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” (Dawkins R., The Blind Watchmaker, Penguin, London, p. 6, 1991) In other words, “I was already a convinced atheist, but evolution now at least makes my pre-existing belief intellectually defensible.”
For hardened atheists such as this, even if every scaffold of evolution can be undermined so that the edifice finally crashes to the ground, their atheism will remain unchallenged because their fervent belief that there is no God is a pre-existing supposition that requires no proof. Their atheism arises, not from reasoned and balanced examination of the evidence, but from a desire to not be accountable to an almighty creator God.
This is why, even though the evidence-base for evolutionary theory is rapidly crumbling, many hardened atheists refuse to relinquish their grip on the theory. Consider this astonishing admission by Dr. George Wald:
“There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution.” (Wald, George, “Innovation and Biology,” Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100)
In other words, “I know evolution doesn’t make scientific sense, but I will believe it anyway, because I don’t want to consider that God may exist.” Extraordinary!
But the second category of atheists and sceptics, are those with a less dogmatic unbelief. These tend to be people who are genuinely convinced that evolution is scientifically proven and that it has somehow displaced God. As a conference speaker and seminar presenter who travels the country speaking on the topic of creation / evolution, I have the privilege of revealing the steadily mounting scientific evidence that directly repudiates the theory of evolution and which points to the existence of a creator God. I document the crumbling evidence base for evolution, including its sheer impossibility in the light of modern genetics, and describe the growing tide of leading scientists who are embracing intelligent design as the only feasible explanation for the origin of life.
After these conferences I am regularly encouraged to meet attendees whose worldview has just been turned upside down and who are now considering the existence of God as a real possibility. Removing the blinkers of evolution and outlining the evidential basis for belief in God opens the way for faith. One recent post-conference conversation is typical. A man came up to me and introduced himself as Graham, a medical doctor who had always believed in evolution and was, therefore, an atheist. The conversation then went as follows:
Graham: “That was an epiphany!”
Me: “I’m glad it was helpful.”
Graham: “No that wasn’t just helpful, that was an epiphany! You’ve just turned my whole worldview upside down. I came to this conference believing that I evolved from slime and that when I die, I will just fade into oblivion. I am leaving here tonight convinced that I was made by a creator God and that one day I will stand face to face in front of him.”
For people such as Graham, who have never really investigated the facts for themselves, evolution was an assumed truth that ruled out any possibility of God’s existence. But once they are confronted with the hard evidence, once the blinkers are removed, faith becomes possible.
After many years of speaking at conferences and seminars, I finally published my book earlier this year, called, “No More Monkey Business: Evolution in Crisis.” It is, in the words of one reviewer, “a stunning exposë of a failed theory”. It has proved extremely helpful in bringing the truth about this important topic to a much wider audience. The book also challenges the false premise that it is possible to believe in God and evolution simultaneously.
I recently sent a copy of the book to Dr John Ashton, an internationally acclaimed PhD scientist who has written several books on the creation / evolution topic and has participated in some celebrated debates with atheists. I first met John a couple of years ago when he attended one of my seminars on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. When I recently sent him a copy of my book, I asked if he would read and critique it. He eventually wrote back to me, saying, “Kevin, you have done an excellent job. In fact, I think you have done a better job than I did in my books.”
If you, or someone you know has been fooled into thinking that evolutionary theory is a substantiated fact, I recommend “No More Monkey Business” to you. I guarantee that it will challenge your thinking. “No More Monkey Business” is available through Amazon, Koorong Books, Ingram Spark, and – cheapest of all – through my website, SmartFaith.net.
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