Today, Andrew Wilson spoke powerfully about the evidence for God and how the evolution theory doesn’t actually disprove Christianity. It’s fascinating! Here are my notes, I hope you find them as intriguing as I did:
The Darwin fish is a statement that the evolution theory has discredited Christian beliefs.
Is that true?
Obviously, if Darwin’s theory is wrong it doesn’t affect Christians.
The question is though, what if it was right? If it was true, does that undermine the gospel?
Here some reasons why people might believe that this theory affects Christianity with some comments:
1. It proved the earth is billions of years old.
Thats not because of Darwinism. They believed that the earth was old before Darwin.
2. Proved there was death before humans.
The discovery of fossils. First dinosaurs were discovered before Darwins theory. 100 years.
3. Darwinism or evolution stopped Christians from taking genesis literally.
Not true. Origen in 200AD made that assumption. Darwin didn’t cause that.
4. Evolution led to modern atheism.
70% of people say they believe in God or a supernatural being. The high noon of modern atheism was pre-Darwin (most likely the French Revolution). Atheism was there already and Darwin just gave people a way of working it out
5. Now we know how complex life developed, there is no need for God. God was an excuse for our confusion.
Dawkins says “Darwinism destroyed the illusion of design”. A physical explanation rules out a personal explanation. But does it? Take the example of love and hormones? As part of the process of falling in love, you get hormones released but you also believe in love. You don’t play the two off against each other. It’s just another way of describing the same reality.
Some people would think that the fact that we have some mechanism for understanding how the world was created disproves God. If you saw a beautiful garden, you’d assume there was a gardener. Isn’t this true of life?
Next question: how did we get here?
What caused the Big Bang and what caused it to form galaxies and universes etc?
Often you will find that people haven’t really thought through the answers to that question. There are only three types of answer:
For the universe to be possible and stars and planets, there are 15 different numbers that have to be one part in a million for it to happen. Imagine a roulette table with one million numbers. And you hit the right number! You go to the second wheel and the you hit that! You do that for 14 numbers with more than a more. The 15th is the daddy of roulette. 10 to the power of 60 numbers. Unthinkably small luck. That’s the kind of odds we’re talking about when thinking about a universe coming into life.
It’s the same as throwing an object at a target two inches across from a distance of 20 million million light years away.
2. A multiverse
A multiverse is lots of universes. Maybe there are billions and billions of universes and we are the one where life exists. Is there any evidence for it? No. Could there be? Probably not. Because if it is observable it will be in our universe. That means we have to invent universes. You can’t scientifically prove God but we generally assume design before parallel universes.
In order to get rid of evidence for ONE entity, we are actually making the leap of faith much larger by believing in multiverses.
3. A Creator
You see an iPad and you assume design. You don’t think there was a lucky explosion in Silicon Valley!
Has God revealed himself? If there was a God, is it powerful enough to communicate with the world he has made? If he existed. If God, then what? If there is a God, what do we do then? Might the resurrection of the dead be possible? Might he take the form of a human in order to save the world from sin?