The rise of the theory of evolution has become problematic for some sects of Christianity. There are many who discount the idea of evolution entirely to fit their level of faith. Others believe that God created the universe billions of years ago and then just left it to its own devices to evolve over time. This is called theistic evolution. Of course, it is impossible to know what theory is actually correct. There is very little that we know about the beginning of the universe. My generation as a whole has bought into evolution as it is presented by media and common core education. So where should we as Christians stand on this subject?
First, the research. What does the Bible say about how old the earth is? Well, it really doesn’t say. The 6,000-year theory comes from the genealogy that is littered throughout the Bible. We cannot be sure that the genealogy is complete, however. It does not perfectly stretch from Adam to the end of the Bible without gaps. We also do not know how large of a gap there was between the seventh day where God rested and the creation of man.
Evolution is roughly based on a few scientific reasons. Carbon dating is a major indicator as well as interstellar matter and how long it would take to form said matter. The problem is that carbon dating is more unreliable than what is presented in schools. We’ve learned through many different studies that the formation of carbon can be sped up under different conditions. Empirical evidence has shown this through Spirit Lake after Mt. Saint Helens’ eruption.
Regardless of this, the theory of evolution has grown considerably since Darwin and has become more refined over the years. A theory is something that is formed through the scientific method. It has been tempered through multiple experiments. If something does not agree with your hypothesis, then you change your hypothesis until you can find results that match. That becomes your theory at the end of everything.
Many sects of Christianity have attacked evolution on the basis of its changing nature. I was taught this at a young age, but I cannot fully agree on this premise. The fact that it is changing is not necessarily a bad thing for Christianity. I will explain why later. The truth is that evolution is getting more precise as time goes on. That’s why it is constantly changing.
On the other hand, I also cannot agree with the sentiment to fully place faith in the theory of evolution as it is presented today. If it is constantly changing, you should be prepared for it to change again. We should always look to the future where our understanding of science, in general, will be different. Faux scientists consider our understanding of evolution as fact. Science does not generally believe in absolutes except where we have made laws. Newton’s laws of motion are examples. No matter how Richard Dawkins may try to spin today’s theory as fact, it will never be so.
So where do Christianity and evolution intersect? Many theologians discount the most basic theistic evolution theory that God left the earth to its own devices and stopped intervening. Many Christians believe in an active God that is still performing miracles today. Another theory that I believe to be closer to the truth is that God created the earth at a certain point in its evolution. He created certain creatures at different times in their evolution.
Where does the process of evolution come from? There is something innate that does this. Where does that come from? To me, it makes sense that it does exist, but there had to be someone intelligent enough to make it so. If you look at how complex the cell is, you will know that it is extremely unlikely that the universe was created randomly. Life on earth would not survive if the distance of the moon and sun were any different. For this to be as precise as it is, for that to have been accidental is laughable. Someone had to design it.
At the end of the day, Christians should have a similar mentality to the real scientists researching and experimenting with the theory of evolution. Many Christians believe that because God is immutable that we should be as well. Our understanding of God is constantly changing too, so why shouldn’t our approach to science be the same? God made science, right? He made logic and reason. If all of that is true, then the theory of evolution should eventually lead us closer to God’s master design. I believe it is not possible to fully understand everything at play in our universe, but we can get closer every day.
Millennials need to be able to cut through the noise that plagues our scientific fields. Anyone who presents theories as facts probably have an agenda. This goes for both scientists and Christians alike. Our job as young people is to examine everything and attempt to sift through false evidence and biased research so that the next generation can take our work even further. We would be doing a disservice to our progeny if we blindly believe everything we’re told by the media. So get out there and question both sides. To get closer to the truth, we should work together without bias to discover the supreme design that is our universe.
Disclaimer: This is not peer-reviewed material and should not be used as academic fact. This is an opinion piece that should be taken as such. Some research went into this post.