Evolution vs. Creationism Pt. 2: Can Non-Christians Believe in Evolution?

The answer to this is obviously yes. Any one can believe anything, even if it contradicts the facts of our reality. The real question here is this: Is there any logical, rational, or scientific reason for people to believe in evolution? I say no. Evolution is believed by a large majority of people to be true because it is “science,” and many popular scientists believe it. It is also the only theory for the origin of life taught in most schools in th US. just because most people believe something doesn’t mean it’s true (e.g. the sun orbits the earth).

The thing most people point too when I challenge their beliefs about evolution is the so-called “fossil record.” Many people don’t even know what they mean when they say that. Those who do are pointing towards transitional fossils. The trouble with these transitional fossils is that we have very few. According to evolution all versions of life, including transitional animals, existed for very long time periods, so why are there so few fossils of animals that existed between the distinctive forms we see?

Unlike animals there are quite a few reported cases of ape-human crosses. These however could very easily be normal humans for a few different reasons. The first is that many of them are only small pieces of bones from which scientists (with a bias toward evolution) extrapolated the whole ape-man. The second reason is that humans have been manipulating body growth in some strange ways for a very long time. Take, for instance The Mangbetu tribe of Central Africa who practice a tradition known as Lipombo. Here’s a picture:

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Mangbetus doing lipombo

Notice that the mans head is longer than the normal human head. This means that if paleontologists find a human with a long head it doesn’t mean the fossil is a whole new species. Heres another example. The Vadoma tribe from zimbabwe:

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People of the Vadoma tribe

These people have two toes. This is just a mutation, it doesn’t make them not human or rather homo sapiens. People in China, also bound their feet for a long time, creating feet that look very strange, and un-human. Just because we find some strange looking human fossils doesn’t mean that they are ape-men. They could also be extinct species of apes that happen to have skeletons similar to humans.

The lack of these transitional fossils is just one reason to doubt evolution. There are animals that scientists believe lived millions of year ago that still exist, or existed very recently. The coelacanth is a perfect example of this. They are a species of fish that scientists thought had gone extinct 65 million years ago until they found out that these fish still live in our oceans today. How can a fish from 65 million years ago still be recognizable today? Evolution says that only 200,000 years ago humans were not modern humans yet this fish has stayed the same for 65 million years.

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A Coelacanth found near Africa

As far as we know life cannot form from non-life. There are no firm theories accounting for how proteins and amino acids could have been made, and then joined together in such a way as to make a living thing. There have been experiments done to try to prove that this is possible, but none of them have been anywhere near conclusive. There is a scientific law called the law of biogenesis that says that life can only come from life. This is a scientific law, more than a theory. Evolution, a theory, claims that this law is false, and that life did originate from non-life.

Evolution is the only theory that makes any sense whatsoever if God does not exist. Yet it is not as solid as people would have you believe. It is not fact, nor is it even a law: “a statement based on repeated experimental observations that describes some aspect of the universe.” The trouble is that no living human saw the creation of the world so no living human can be entirely sure about what happened. We can however take a look at the facts about life, and the universe to see what is most likely to have happened. The important thing to remember is that creationism, and evolution are on level footing, they are both scientific theories as well as beliefs.

Genesis 1:31 — God saw all that He had made and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.

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