Richard Dawkins has dedicated his life to the message of evolution and a godless universe. So what is the ground he shares with those who reject evolution and believe that mankind is God’s special creation?
I know for a fact that many serious and devout followers of Jesus believe in evolution. However, there are those of us (including many scientists) who believe in a six day creation and a young earth. We are not dangerous fundementalists, but sane people who have robust and well thought out arguments for our beliefs. Whichever position you take, I hope in these next few posts to inspire, challenge and ultimately encourage us all to embrace the Lord Jesus more fully.
Mr Dawkins wants us to know that many leading church people believe in evolution; Arch-
Bishops, Cardinals, Priests and theology teachers. The thing is, he believes that it is
irrational to believe in both evolution and God. Let’s look at why Mr Dawkins would think
The Christian God is loving?
Christians like to tell people how loving God is, and yet Mr Dawkins looks at his version of
pre-history and sees it relying on death and the removal of the weak – not very loving.
The Christian God cares?
Mr Dawkins realises that if God designed man to develop from evolution, it tells us
something about the nature of God. Evolution relies on one generation dying off after
producing mutated offspring; and then each generation fighting amongst itself so that only
the strongest survives. If intelligent design is true, then that intelligence is totally uncaring.
The Christian God is compassionate?
Christians like to tell people how compassionate their God is, but when Mr Dawkins
studies the fossil record he sees cancers, deformity and destruction. He can’t be blamed
for thinking that the person who supposedly designed all this suffering is not very
We have a problem
Richard Dawkins understands that many Christians suffer from a terrible and illogical
conflict between what they say about God and what they say about our origins. If God
were the author of evolution, that would mean that He is the author of death, disease, conflict, and suffering. Far from being the defender of the weak, God would rely on their destruction as a means of promoting His creation. Mr Dawkins is clever enough to work out that this contradicts what Christians say about God.
Mr Dawkins agrees with the creationists
Okay, so I am pushing that one a bit. But, whilst He thinks that people who believe in
special creation are of sub-normal intelligence and a threat to society, he also realises that
their world view agrees with itself. He might disagree with creationists, but he understands that the creationist belief is not conflicted with itself.
True or false?
As I see it, we all struggle with allowing the Bible to interfere with what we believe at some level. It is this transformation in our thinking, by the Holy Spirit, that leads to maturity.
For me, believing in the literal interpretation of Genesis isn’t a question of science versus the Bible, it is a question of truth versus lies. The battle ground is about who decides what truth is, man or God? The fact is, that so many of the ills that are facing the church and society come from how we view those first few chapters of Genesis.
What is God really like?
Yahweh is compassionate, merciful, generous, long suffering, kind, gentle, just, He is a
defender of the weak, He lifts up the down trodden and cares for the poor. All of this is
the direct opposite of the nature of evolution. We can’t have it both ways, to be congruent
we need to make a choice, God is good or He invented mutation and death. My hope is that the next few posts will help people with that decision, or at least to engender a respect for those of us who believe this way.
If creation is true, then why does science prove the opposite?
Good question, stay tuned.
Go well my friends