Disclaimer: BELOW I HAVE SHARED WHY I DON'T BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION. I INVITE YOU TO DISAGREE OR CHALLENGE MY LOGIC. I'M NOT ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE LEAK-PROOF ARGUMENT AGAINST EVOLUTION, BUT AM PUTTING MY REASONS FOR REJECTING IT INTO WRITING TO HELP ME CLARIFY MY OWN THOUGHTS IN A WAY THAT WILL MAKE ME BETTER ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THEM.
When I was in jr. high, high school, and college I remember being taught the theory of Darwinian evolution as if it was verifiable fact. I have since become convinced that it is not at all true. Some of my reasons are obviously religious ones. Here they are:
1) GODLESS BEGINNINGS - From what I understand, evolutionary theory is committed to the trying to explain the origins of the world, our race, etc. through natural causes alone. Since I believe in the supernatural, I have neither need nor desire to try to understand the world as if there is no God. Any supernaturalist should consider that when the possibility of God is thrown into the mix, then the need for the theory of evolution no longer exists.
2) APE-MAN GAP - In my mind I just can't wrap my head around how man could have evolved from apes. Sure, I may have almost as much body hair as an ape. But the fact that I am typing a sentence on a man-made computer alone demonstrates the humongous gap between apes and men. And if survival of the fittest is true, and we are a later stage in the evolutionary process, then why do apes still exist at all? The gap between apes and men is far too great for me to be able to believe in the plausibility of our common ancestory. This may seem like a weak reason to some folks, but logically I just can't make the connection.
3) FOSSIL RECORD - It would seem that if evolution were true then there would be an abundance of fossils that demonstrate transitory stages in evolution. Paleontologists have known for decades that these fossils simply do not exist. The more fossils that are found the greater the distinction becomes between fossil groupings. This has forced evolutionary paleontologists to come up with theories such as Punctuated Equilibrium. To me this idea takes a much greater leap of faith to believe in than I could imagine a naturalist being willing to take.
4) IRREDUCIBLE COMPLEXITY - This is the idea that some things are so complex that they could not function at all in a simpler form. Micheal Behe expounded on this idea in his book Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. The human cell, which Darwin was unable to study in great depth, is irreducibly complex and could not have functioned at all unless all of the parts were present from the beginning. In other words, the cell could not have evolved.
5) EVIDENCE OF DESIGN - In so many areas of study, researchers examine data to see if there there is evidence of an intelligent design behind what they see. If an archaeologist finds a small piece of a clay pot, he considers it enough evidence to begin to believe that an intelligent being created it. When someone dies, examiners examine the body to see if the death was by natural causes or if there is evidence that a murder occurred (which is death by intelligent design). When a building burns down, investigators examine where there is evidence that points to arson, or if the fire was an accident. Arson equals fire by an intelligent designer. Contrary to what many believe, the Intelligent Design movement is not a religious movement, but it is a movement within science that says when we look at the complexity of the world, there is clear evidence that points to an intelligent designer. Who would look at something like Mount Rushmore and pretend that it could have occurred by natural causes? Then why would we look at something like a human brain or a human cell and imagine that it could have occurred by natural causes.
6) LOGICAL CONSEQUENCES - As sad as it is, the logical consequences of Darwinian evolution are that some living creatures should die for the sake of the survival of the fitter creatures. This is called the survival of the fittest. If one was committed to this worldview, in my opinion, then destroying people who are inferior in physical or mental ability would be the logical and even the right thing to do. This is what Hitler thought when he convinced his followers that the Jews were subhuman and that the human race would be better off if the Jews were destroyed. The very fact that this idea is so offensive to our minds tells me that evolution is not true. Evolution would say that ideas like compassion, altruism, and love are merely concepts that evolved over time and continue to exist because they aid the survival of the one showing forth the quality. I'm not ignorant of the fact that Christians have done horrendous things throughout history. But I will say that the logical consequences of following the teachings of Christ, though not always carried out, are wonderful and good.
7) SCIENTIFIC DISSENT - This has been a big eye opener to me. When I was taught evolution it was presented as if every intelligent person believed in the theory. I now find out that there are thousands of PhD. level scientists who reject the theory of evolution. There is NOT a scientific consensus about evolutionary theory. For just a couple of examples check out these websites:
8) MICRO VS. MACRO - From what I understand, microevolution is the idea that change takes place within a given species. For example, human beings are taller than they were a century ago. Macroevolution says that the same changes that have taken place within a species over billions of years actually created every species. No one I know denies the findings of microevolution. However, this in no way validifies the theory of macroevolution.
9) EARTH'S UNIQUENESS - The planet we live in is so strangely and uniquely suited for life. So many things had to be just right for life to exist. The odds of it happening by natural causes are so preposterous that I don't buy it. Many scientists do not either. For a few examples go to http://www.privilegedplanet.com/links.php.
10) INFORMATION TRANSMISSION - Many scientists point out that the universe is not merely made up of matter but also of information. In my mind, the large amounts of information in every bit of human DNA needs another explanation besides evolution.
I am obviously not a scientist. I have received some of the information that has led me to reject the theory of evolution from Christian sources who as I am are committed to a supernaturalist worldview. I also have Christian friends who embrace the theory of evolution as the way that God created humankind. I don't doubt their Christian faith or their commitment to seeking true knowledge. I speak for myself alone in saying that I just don't buy Darwinian evolution anymore.