Theistic Evolution - Part 2 - A 1,000-Page Critique
Contributed by Stephen J. Huxley
In a previous post I described and evaluated the biblically incompatible view of theistic evolution. While my discussion was intentionally brief, a new book from Crossway, Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique, provides a thorough and compelling critique of the “theistic evolution” viewpoint. Theistic evolutionists claim that God used strictly blind evolutionary mechanisms to create all life on earth, including you and me. But the experts in this book argue that theistic evolution is deeply flawed in terms of scientific evidence, philosophical reasoning, and theological truths.
The book opens with a critique of the neo-Darwinian mechanism, explaining why it has failed to explain the origin of life’s complexity. Multiple Ph.D. experts such as Stephen Meyer, Douglas Axe, James Tour, Matti Leisola, Winston Ewert, Jonathan Wells, and Paul Nelson explain why natural selection and random mutation have failed to account for many biological features.
The next section in the book tackles the issue of common ancestry. This issue is important to the debate over theistic evolution because theistic evolutionists often claim that humans are descended from apelike progenitors, not from Adam and Eve as the Bible teaches. Chapters by Ann Gauger, Casey Luskin, Ola Hössjer, and Colin R. Reeves examine the genetic and fossil evidence for human-ape common ancestry and find it to be extremely weak and lacking.
This section also includes full-blown critiques of common ancestry by Stephen Meyer, Günter Bechly, Paul Nelson, and Casey Luskin looking at why the fossil, genetic, embryological, and biogeographical evidence fail to demonstrate universal common ancestry, the idea that all life on earth came from a single cell. Fallacies in the basic premise of Darwinism – from goo to you via the zoo – are explained in scientific and logical terms.
The third section turns to philosophy, boasting chapters by J. P. Moreland, Stephen Meyer, C. John Collins, Colin R. Reeves, Steve Dilley, and John West explaining why theistic evolution makes for very poor philosophy. A central problem raised is theistic evolution’s claim that God guided an unguided evolutionary process.
The last section of the book then turns to a biblical critique of theistic evolution, explaining why theistic evolution contradicts crucial Christian doctrines in the Old Testament and New Testament. This section includes contributions from Wayne Grudem, John D. Currid, Guy Prentiss Waters, and Gregg R. Allison.
While this is a massive book—nearly 1000 pages long—it’s a crucial addition to the library of anyone who wants to understand theistic evolution and why it poses a challenge in the church today. Whether read cover to cover or not, it is a resource that should be in the personal library of those who must engage in critical ideas that span the disciplines of science, theology, and philosophy.
Stephen J. Huxley is professor in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Huxley's areas of focus help prepare individuals to employ deep and critical examination skills in order to reach informed conclusions and decisions.
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