It is widely believed that the theory of evolution is evidence that the diversity of life on this planet does not require a creator. However, the more we learn about the wonders of evolution, the weaker this argument becomes.
Those who believe in God have nothing to fear from evolution and would do well to study it if they want to learn more about him. For all of the hysteria created about evolution by atheists such as Richard Dawkins, the facts do not reflect the assertion that evolution disproves the need for a creator.
Evolution Is Wonderfully Complex
The first thing we need to remember about evolution is that it is by no means a simple process. It works in complete conjunction with the earths natural cycles and without the properties of the earth being as they are, evolution would not be possible at all. Evolution is a fine tuned mechanism, much like most of the laws of this universe. It is irreducibly complex by its very nature. After all, you cannot have evolution without the laws of physics as well as the natural cycles of this wonderful earth. If you take away just one of those incredibly complex mechanisms, then you cannot have evolution.
Evolution by natural selection is truly amazing when you think about it. It reacts to the world around us in such a powerful way. If a finch requires a stronger beak to pierce different foods, than evolution will provide this. If an animal requires camouflage in order to remain unseen by potential predators then evolution has the ability to change that animals genetic makeup for its benefit.
This is a truly remarkable system and shows incredible intelligence. Far from disproving the need for a creator, the process of evolution itself requires explanation. It was once thought that evolution was a purely random process and that it was only effective after millions of years. That idea has now been debunked, especially now that we have seen modern examples proving that evolution is by no means hit and miss and manages to adapt a species within one or two generations, not millions of years.
Knowing what we now do about the process of evolution, can we really say without question, that it is evidence against God rather than for God? Personally, i don’t see it. Where there is complexity, there is usually a mind behind it and evolution is no exception to that rule.
Does Evolution Ever Get It Wrong?
Perhaps the most surprising thing for students of the theory of evolution is that there are not many examples of evolution getting it wrong for the animals. This is true both in the fossil record and with modern-day examples of adaptation.
When we observe species from one generation to the next, we see change but that change is almost never a negative change unless we interfere. Previous thought was that evolutionary change would ‘fail’ a lot before it succeeded, but now we realise that when a species adapts, the general rule is that the change is for the benefit of the species.
The fact that evolution doesn’t seem to get it wrong very often is exactly what you would expect from a created universe. If it was completely random and unintelligible then yes, you probably wouldn’t assert that any kind of intelligent mind had anything to do with it, but it isn’t.
This is important because again it refutes the notion that evolution is an unintelligible force but it also makes perfect sense that a creator of life would make them adaptable in an ever-changing world.
The Limitations Of Evolution
Transitional fossils between species are notoriously difficult to find. This is because evolution has its limits. While it can create amazing diversity and change within a species, it cannot go past the ‘blueprint’ and create an entirely separate species from what there currently is.
Evolutionary Scientists such as Stephen Jay Gould admit that for evolution to create an entirely new species, it would require a massive leap in the evolutionary cycle in order for it to be able to happen.
There is no evidence to suggest that a new species could develop over millions of years, only that animals can evolve within their own genetic makeup.
This limit of evolution provides evidence that you cannot use it to explain how all life on this planet managed to emerge from a single-celled organism, far from it. Rather, it shows that there is plenty of room for a creator.