I have just come up with a way of explaining BioLogos thinking that I intend to use in an apologetics group. Please feel free to suggest improvements to this. I am also interested in any other analogies or inventive ways that people have come up with to get the message across! I am already aware of and particularly like the analogy of language change. As a linguist, I relate to that. I am also aware that there are BioLogos resources. But it would be great to have several different and new ideas to choose from!
Here is my analogy:
Spot the difference
Concerning the genetic evidence for an evolutionary tree (including humans)… If someone showed me a Spot the Difference puzzle with just 8 differences between two otherwise identical pictures, I would not believe that the artist had drawn both pictures from scratch. Surely they used “cut and paste”?! A brilliant artist could probably draw both from scratch and fool us, but if they had all the possibilities in the world, why would they draw them as almost identical unless they wanted to make us believe that they were essentially the same picture? If that artist went on to produce say 10,000 pictures, each differing from a previous one by only 7 or 8 points, and if it was possible to work out the “cut and paste” order from one picture to the next for the whole set of pictures, would you still think the artist had started from scratch each time? Even if the artist was capable of it, why do it? Especially if the artist is known for his creativity? I would rather conclude that using “cut and paste” is a legitimate tool for the artist! If the artist doesn’t think so, why go to all this trouble to make us think that is what he did?!
(I might give them an appropriate Spot the Difference puzzle to start this off!)