Evolution

from mud to Mum - the atheist's reality

I'm not a scientist however like you I can read, I can look at the world around me, and  I can think for myself.
I previously accepted at face value the theory of molecules-to-man evolution. 
In my transition from agnostic and skeptic to Christian, I looked at both sides of the issue for several years.
I saw there was sufficient room for doubt in evolutionary theory to allow the possibility of a creator God.
I needed to find the truth for myself, and only God could reveal it to me.

To me, the whole creation vs. evolution debate is secondary or subsidiary to the overarching issue of theism vs. atheism.
Does God exist or not? That is the question I needed to ask and answer for myself.
I came to know the God of the Bible, so now I look at the issue differently.
I ask different questions, such as: "ok, so God created us; how? when? why?" and "why did God make it difficult to reconcile belief in a Biblical recent creation with modern scientific theory?"
I don't have all the answers, but I don't need all the answers. I can keep an open mind, keep learning, however once I knew that God exists, it was a matter of how, when, why etc... not if.
This subject can be an interesting diversion, however I don't need to be immersed in the quagmire of the scientific "debate".
An example of the range of views on just the first two verses in the Bible (Genesis 1:1-2) is here.


Most scientists appear to accept evolution as fact and present it as fact.
The fact is, molecules-to-man evolution (Darwinian, neo-Darwinian etc.) has not been proven to be fact.
Neither has Biblical creation proven to be fact.
Both sides have unanswered questions or "problems". 
The biggest "problems" for me as a creationist include:
- the consistency of the newer-to-older dating results of the rocks as you go down the geologic column.
- the consistency of big numbers from radiometric dating methods.
- the apparent sorting of fossils from "simple" to more complex as you rise through the column.
(See the creationist websites below for possible explanations).
These problems don't affect my trust in God or the Bible.
I can't unknow what I know.


My church's position and work in this arena can be seen at the Geoscience Research Institute.

Here are some other links I find useful:

Somewhere in the middle: (I think)
Evolution News and Views


Some random thoughts & quotes:

"HUMANS and other vertebrates evolved from a tiny sea creature resembling an eel, British and Canadian experts have confirmed.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Toronto said today that the extinct 505 million-year-old Pikaia gracilens is the most primitive known vertebrate - making it the oldest ancestor of humans.
Co-author, Jean-Bernard Caron, said, "It’s very humbling to know that swans, snakes, bears, zebras and, incredibly, humans all share a deep history with this tiny creature no longer than my thumb." 

 your ancestor... 

your ancestor... 

or

"A two-inch-long, worm-like sea creature is the earliest-known animal to have the beginnings of a backbone, Cambridge University scientists have confirmed.
This makes Pikaia gracilens, which evolved more than 500 million years ago, a precursor of modern vertebrates, including humans.
Human beings, as well as fish, amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals are all descended from this two-inch creature - Pikaia gracilens which lived in the sea 505 million years ago."


 your cousin... 

your cousin... 

"HUMANS and gorillas last shared a common ancestor 10 million years ago, according to an analysis of the first full sequence of the gorilla genome. The gorilla is the last of the living great apes - humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans - to have its complete genetic code catalogued."


So, my great, great, great, ....totally great grandmother or grandfather (which?) was a tiny sea creature resembling an eel...or a worm?
And I am one of the living great apes, related by ancestry to my distant cousins the chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans, along with swans, snakes,......?

I know that I am not descended from a worm, and I know that I am not related to a gorilla.
How you come to know this, if you do, is your story; I won't convince you by presenting mine.


More philosophical approaches to the creation vs evolution issue in the three videos below.

NB. When evolutionists use the term "survival of the fittest", they mean the survival of the most adaptable (those most able, for whatever reason, to better adapt to, survive, and thrive in a certain environment), not necessarily the survival of the biggest, strongest or most intelligent.



  This handout image released by the Nature Publishing Group shows an artist's reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, a bag-like sea creature which lived about 540 million years ago that is thought to be the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans.

This handout image released by the Nature Publishing Group shows an artist's reconstruction of Saccorhytus coronarius, a bag-like sea creature which lived about 540 million years ago that is thought to be the earliest known prehistoric ancestor of humans.

HUMANS’ earliest known relative was likely an egg-shaped creature that ate and expelled from the same gaping orifice some 540 million years ago, scientists reported.


 Making a mark: Scientists believe the face underwent evolution to better protect it from injury when punched.  Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Making a mark: Scientists believe the face underwent evolution to better protect it from injury when punched. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Fists 'helped shape the human face'.

Five million years of slugging it out with fists has left its mark on the human face, scientists believe.


 Cockroaches have quickly adapted to have an aversion to the glucose used in baits.

Cockroaches have quickly adapted to have an aversion to the glucose used in baits.

"In a remarkably rapid display of evolution at work,..."

actually Natural selection at work.   

They’re still 100% cockroaches, aren’t they?

Yes, a creationist cliche, however...aren’t they?

A classic example of the fact of natural selection being used to support the fancy of atoms to Adam evolution.


 Meet the ancestors? New evidence supports the theory that life on Earth began on Mars.

Meet the ancestors? New evidence supports the theory that life on Earth began on Mars.


 The organisms discovered on a balloon returning from the stratosphere probably contain DNA, supporting the notion that life on Earth may itself have extraterrestrial origins. Picture: University of Sheffield

The organisms discovered on a balloon returning from the stratosphere probably contain DNA, supporting the notion that life on Earth may itself have extraterrestrial origins. Picture: University of Sheffield


 Scientists have discovered what may be the earliest known creature with what we would recognise as a face.

Scientists have discovered what may be the earliest known creature with what we would recognise as a face.

Scientists come face to face with evolution's missing link.

''This fish is really important for understanding the deep, distant evolution of the human body plan.''

...the rebuttal


 A skull of Romundina, one of the earliest jawed fish

A skull of Romundina, one of the earliest jawed fish

Jaw-inspiring: Ancient fish was pivotal in evolution of face, researchers find

"When you look at Romundina, it's like looking at yourself in the mirror, but with a 415 million-year-old image.It's like in a science-fiction movie. You look at the mirror, but it's not you. It's your ancestor." Vincent Dupret of Uppsala.

 A computer model of a Romundina based on scan data from the 2 cm long Romundina skull.  Photo: Uppsala University

A computer model of a Romundina based on scan data from the 2 cm long Romundina skull. Photo: Uppsala University

"The face is one of the most important and emotionally significant parts of our anatomy, so it is interesting to understand how it came into being"
Per Ahlberg, an expert in vertebrate evolution at Uppsala University in Sweden


 Flinders University paleontologist John Long.  Photo: AFP

Flinders University paleontologist John Long. Photo: AFP

Study of African fish helps scientists crack the origin of breathing

The overlooked 'nose' of an African fish has forced scientists to look at the fossil record with new eyes.


 A specimen of the modern Australian ostracod  Newnhamia fenestrata  with the right valve removed.  Photo: Renate Matzke-Karasz

A specimen of the modern Australian ostracod Newnhamia fenestrata with the right valve removed. Photo: Renate Matzke-Karasz

World's oldest sperm found in Australian fossil

The world's oldest and best preserved sperm has been discovered in 17 million-year-old fossils unearthed in far north Queensland. 
(Read the full article to get the full picture).