In light of the numerous recent articles on evolution and the historicity of Genesis 1–3, it seems appropriate for one who is engaged in molecular biological research to write also, in order to clarify the present status of evolution as a scientific theory.
The theory of evolution has been in existence and more or less accepted for more than a hundred years. A large body of circumstantial evidence, much of which was available to Darwin already a century ago, is explained by it. This includes such things as the fossil record, similarities in form among animals and plants, and the geographical distribution of animals and plants. The theory put forward to explain these data is one of gradual development over long periods of time, the logical starting point being inorganic matter, and the logical end point, man.
A theory with such a vast scope, and which by its very prehistoric nature cannot be proved, would undoubtedly be passed off as idle speculation, if it were not for its theological implications. As we all know, the theory offers a naturalistic alternative to the creation account contained in the Bible, and this is considered to be a highly desirable thing by those who do not want to recognize the Creator. The proponents of evolution have done such an effective job of propagandizing this religious theory, in the name of empirical science, that some formerly orthodox theologians are revising their interpretation of the Bible to make room for it.
From the scientific point of view, evolution may have been a plausible hypothesis in Darwin’s day, but it has now become untenable, as a result of fairly recent developments in molecular biology. Darwin was aware that his theory contained various unproved assumptions, which would have ...1
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