I’ve always struggled with trying to understand the topics of evolution, creation, design, origins of life, and so forth. I’m a Christian, and these areas have been one of the most challenging for me, as I’m sure they have for others. I have come to certain conclusions after many years of unease and wrestling, for example I do not and cannot reconcile human evolution with the Biblical narrative, for various reasons. So I do not accept human evolution. I am not very knowledgeable on that topic, however the fact that there are intelligent scientists out there who hold this view also gives me a certain permission to do so. I’ve also seen that there is increased debate surrounding Darwinism, which pleases me.
Anyway, the purpose of this thread is that I strongly desire to know more and find answers to questions that have always bothered me. Primarily I seek answers from Intelligent Design adherents, as this is the theory that feels closest to my own views. Creationism I see as unscientific (I don’t mean to offend creationists, I just feel it begins with certain Biblical assumptions that should be left outside science. And obviously things like a young earth seem irreconcilable with scientific evidence).
I do not desire input from Darwinists, atheistic evolutionists or evolutionary creationists who believe in human evolution. I don’t mean that to sound rude or exclusionary, its just that at this moment the point of view I want to learn more about is Intelligent Design. I’m not smart enough for huge amounts of input at one time! I may begin researching those other schools of thought at another time.
If there are no Intelligent Design adherents in this forum then apologies, I’m in the wrong place!
So my first question (and I apologise in advance that to the well informed this question might be very simplistic and muddled, I’m not a scientist! Here it is:
- One of the arguments against evolution is that a blind, unthinking process cannot effect anything. Evolution is not a mind, it is not conscious, sentient, therefore it does not have the power to plan and create change from one state to another. However, if this is true, how are observable changes over time effected? For example the gallapigos finches’ beaks. If blind unthinking evolution was able to affect this change why not other and more numerous changes? What is the method by which advantageous biological traits are aquired in a species? How does evolution “know” that the bird needs a fatter/thinner/longer beak, and produce that? What is the difference in this and going from, for example, a fish with fins to a reptile with legs?
PS - If there are creationists who accept an ancient earth and most other mainstream scientific opinions, but not human evolution, I’d be interested in your thoughts, too.