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February 23, 2007
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During this time many non-believers have expressed their personal opinions regarding the socially accepted science of evolution often with supporting antiquated scientific theories. They attempt to dazzle readers sometimes with remarkable vocabularies as well as misleading depictions regarding what they "think" they know about creationism and Christianity.

On the opposite side of the debate the Christian often conservative, avid defender of the faith, hopelessly attempting to enlighten the non-believer on an issue that ultimately requires a personal experience with God, in addition to learned religious beliefs.

Flawed Information

In an attempt to dispel erroneous information and theories regarding "faith", which most recently has been defined by Alex Knepper as "Belief without evidence", it is important to make a distinction between how an atheist or someone who has no faith defines faith versus how people of faith define faith. Faith is not belief without evidence, but instead the belief in evidence of the things unseen. The most frequently used analogy to support this concept is faith or belief that the wind actually exists. Although no one can see the wind we know it exist because we see the evidence or the results of the wind.

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In science, a theory is a proposed description, explanation, or model of the manner of interaction of a set of natural phenomena, capable of predicting future occurrences or observations of the same kind, and capable of being tested through experiment or otherwise falsified through empirical observation. Falsifiable does not mean false. For a proposition to be falsifiable, it must be possible in principle to make an observation that would show that the proposition was false, even if that observation is not actually made. Using the most basic understanding of the scientific definition for a theory, the idea that human beings evolved from apes over a long period of time, the evolutionist has been unable to observe, record, or test through experiment that this theory is possible.

As a result scientist who support evolution resort to ad hoc hypothesis in order to defend the theory of evolution, due to evolution being unable to be justified under the basic scientific definitions of what qualifies to be a theory.

Slowly But Surely

Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a slow gradual process. Darwin wrote, "Natural selection acts only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a great and sudden leap, but must advance by short and sure, though slow steps." [1] Thus, Darwin conceded that, "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." [2] Such a complex organ would be known as an "irreducibly complex system". An irreducibly complex system is one composed of multiple parts, all of which are necessary for the system to function. If even one part is missing, the entire system will fail to function. Every individual part is integral. [3] Thus, such a system could not have evolved slowly, piece by piece. The common mousetrap is an everyday non-biological example of irreducible complexity. It is composed of five basic parts: a catch (to hold the bait), a powerful spring, a thin rod called "the hammer," a holding bar to secure the hammer in place, and a platform to mount the trap. If any one of these parts is missing, the mechanism will not work. Each individual part is integral. The mousetrap is irreducibly complex. [4] The missing link between man and ape is an example of a part missing in the theory of evolution!

A Theory In Crisis

Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a theory in crisis in light of the tremendous advances we've made in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics over the past fifty years. We now know that there are in fact tens of thousands of irreducibly complex systems on the cellular level. Specified complexity pervades the microscopic biological world. Molecular biologist Michael Denton wrote, "Although the tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than 10-12 grams, each is in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitely designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand million atoms, far more complicated than any machinery built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world." [5]

Conclusion

Even if you are not a Christian or person of faith it is impossible to negate the scientific advances in molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics which consequently render the science of evolution as worthless. As for attempts to literally bring evolutionist or atheist out of the "caveman" mentality, I believe this is only something God can do and just like God has his warriors, unfortunately the Adversary has his as well!

Jonathan R. Burrs
Hagerstown

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