In other words, one might ask how WAGER-WORTHY Evolution? How much money would you risk on a bet dealing with Evolution?
I’ll list just the few bodies of evidence that makes me PLENTY confident in Evolution:
The age of the Earth. Geology and physics, using very different methods of measurement and tests using different kinds of technology, demonstrate a dramatic congruence placing the age of the Earth at MILLIONS and MILLIONS of years … in fact 4+ BILLION YEARS. So would you be less anxious betting everything you had if you knew the Earth was not less than 6000 years old?
There is ZERO evidence of a global flood that wiped out Egyptian civilization. At some point between the 4th Dynasty and the 6th Dynasty, the population of Egypt should have dropped to ZERO. And yet we find no such break in Egyptian culture, in its physical record of its buildings, or in its written histories. So would you be less anxious betting verything you had if you knew there was never a global flood described by the Bible?
But I’m saving the best for last. I am absolutely CONVINCED in common descent, and that strange new species can emerge from out of nowhere… because of the STRANGE PATTERN of fossil deposition we see:
A) If we are to believe that dinosarus and dinosaur-like creatures were all living when there were ELEPHANTS and HIPPOs and RHINO’s … then when the great flood came, we would find bones of LARGE MAMMALs all mixed together with the bones of DINOSAUR-type creatures, right?
And the giant reptiles that supposedly shared the oceans with giant whales… their bones would ALSO be all mixed together. In fact, in a global flood, we should even find the bones of giant marine whales and reptiles all mixed in with the bones of giant terrestrial mammals and reptiles.
B) But what do we find? we find the oldest layers (or the lowest layers) have NO large mammals in them… they don’t exist. Only the large reptiles do - - both water and land types.
C) And then, these large reptiles, water and land, suddenly disappear! Was it the flood? Maybe. But OUT OF NOWHERE … the largest of mammals (rhinos, elephants, hippos, etc.) appear where there had never been any such creatures. This REQUIRES that they emerged from the SMALLER mammals… in SHORT… evolution.
D) But we really aren’t done yet. There are the AMAZING developments in Australia! Let’s just assume that all life in Australia was wiped out … just like it was supposed to be wiped out in Egypt. And then the animals were released from the ark. What do we find happens in Australia?
A group of very strange and exotic marsupials apparently RACED to Australia while it was still near the shore of India or Africa… and they started to thrive, while Australia started to move quickly out into the middle of the ocean! But apparently all these maruspials… all of them were FASTER than the placental mammals … never made it to Australia after the flood!
And all the strange marsupials that we find in Australia (and New Zealand) …we don’t find them anywhere else in the world.
There is only ONE explanation for this kind of pattern of mammalian distribution:
A) that marsupials were the dominant mammalian life forms in Australia when Australia was adjacent to one or more of the other continents.
B) that after Australia moved into the middle of the ocean, it kept new strains of placental mammals from settling in Australia … and it allowed the marsupials to disperse throughout Australia and occupy the ecological niches that placental mammals would eventually take everywhere else!
C) And this is the only explanation for why Australia’s marsupials never made their presence known elsewhere in the world … because they were CONFINED to Australia… over the span of millions and millions of years.
So - - if these categories of evidence don’t convince you to bet the farm … you should probably stay away from mutual funds as well…