Creation and Evolution

Here are some reading material on the debate of creation vs. evolution. The intersection of science and religion is often characterized as mutually exclusive, yet careful examination (and proper interpretation) of the Bible and modern science are leading many to see an outstanding congruence!

34936: Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution
By Michael Behe / Simon & Schuster Trade Sales

Darwin’s theory of evolution has impacted almost every area of our lives. But, as Michael Behe so eloquently asks, “Can all of life be fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution?” Particularly, does evolution through the process of natural selection adequately explain the development of life at the molecular level? Behe’s (startling) answer: “Although Darwin’s mechanism – natural selection working on variation – might explain many things…I do not believe it explains molecular life” (emphasis added).

Why is it important for evolution to explain molecular life? According to Behe (and most biochemists), the foundation for evolutionary changes must occur at the molecular level before they can change an organism, and by extension a species. If this is not occurring, as Behe persuasively argues, then natural selection is now incapable of guiding the process, and a designer must be posited to explain the development of life on the molecular level. Though Behe is not a creationist, and stops short of calling the designer God, he has provided a very compelling argument for the necessity of an intelligent design behind the universe, and for the presence of a creator.

How does Behe make this argument? He looks at the so-called machines that are responsible for processes like vision or bloodclotting, and examines whether they can be explained by random mutation or natural selection. His answer, from years of study, is that the complexity involved in each process is too great; the development of each process involves knowledge of what is necessary at the present step and knowledge of what will be needed in future steps. Natural selection cannot and does not have the ability to see into the future; in fact, natural selection would tend to remove anything (on the molecular level) that is not currently used or needed.

The implications of Behe’s argument are amazingly far-reaching. If Behe is correct, and evolution really can’t explain molecular development, then natural selection is not enough to explain the development of life. Since natural selection is not enough, one has to posit an intelligence guiding the process (the process requires intelligence). Though Behe is far from affirming that the God of the Bible is indeed that intelligence, he has done a tremendous job of refocusing attention on the need for a designer. We affirm with Behe that there is indeed an intelligence behind creation. Thus, Behe’s book, filled with scientific explanations of the incredible complexity of our world, is a fascinating read. Its somewhat technical nature is necessary, for the processes of molecular development are indeed technical and complicated. After reading Darwin’s Black Box you will have a much greater understanding of just what was involved in God’s creation of this world. And it will give you a great starting point in any debate about the existence of God, because it proves that not all scientists blindly trust an unintelligent process (natural selection) to guide the development of life.

13608: Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (Paperback) Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (Paperback)
By Phillip Johnson / Inter-varsity Press

What’s the best way to discern and defeat the false claims of Darwinism? By developing solid critical-thinking skills, says Johnson. His non-technical discussion of Darwinism versus creationism gives you sound advice on spotting deceptive arguments, grasping scientific issues, understanding the impact of the Scopes trial, and more. Ideal for high school students, teachers, pastors, or anyone concerned about the creation-evolution debate. 132 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

13241: Darwin on Trial Darwin on Trial
By Phillip Johnson / Inter-varsity Press

Is Darwin’s theory of evolution really the settled fact experts insist it is? Johnson, a Berkeley law professor specializing in logic, dissects Darwinism’s scientific support and finds it woefully short on logic and severely lacking in confirmatory evidence. This rigorous—yet readable!—book is a great introduction to the controversy over evolution. 195 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

19290: Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law and Education Reason in the Balance: The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law and Education
By Phillip Johnson / Inter-varsity Press

Now available in softcover! In this hard-hitting best-seller, Johnson dares to challenge naturalistic thought—today’s prevailing philosphy that the material world is all there was, is, or will be. His penetrating assessment of naturalism’s pervasive influence on science, law, and education helps you form a clear, biblical response to this intellectual and moral threat. 245 pages, from InterVarsity.

911529: The 10 Things You Should Know About the Creation vs. Evolution Debate The 10 Things You Should Know About the Creation vs. Evolution Debate
By Ron Rhodes / Harvest House Publishers

Learn how to respond to people who don’t take creationism seriously! Rhodes shows teens and adults how to argue that the universe is packed with evidence of an Intelligent Designer; that the Book of Genesis is not a myth; and that life is not a “cosmic accident,” but a deliberate gift from a loving God. 192 pages, softcover from Harvest.

043311: Icons of Evolution, DVD Icons of Evolution, DVD
By Randolf Productions Inc

Are students learning the whole truth about Darwin’s theory of evolution? A growing number of scientists claim that many of the most famous symbols of Darwin’s theory of natural development are based on outdated research and sloppy logic. Explore this emerging creation debate and discover what happens in one small town when a teacher tells students that some secular scholars now disagree with Darwin. Fast-paced and fascinating! Approx. 51 minutes.

Bonus Features:

  • 10 Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher
  • Experts Answer Frequently Asked Questions about Evolution
  • Recommended Web Resources
  • Recommended Book Resources
  • Chapter Selection
742215: Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 1 DVD Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 1 DVD
By New Life Inspirational Entert

Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 1 enters the fascinating world of animals to reveal sophisticated and complex designs that shake the traditional foundations of evolutionary theory.

It also presents powerful evidence that proves that animal designs can only be attributed to a creator. They cannot possibly be explained by evolution. This program will inspire you to look more closely at the world around you. Approximately 50 minutes.

742231: Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 2, DVD Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution 2, DVD
By New Life Inspirational Entert

This DVD presents powerful evidence that proves that animal designs can only be attributed to a creator, and cannot possibly be explained by evolution. This program will inspire you to look more closely at the world around you. It enters the fascinating world of animals to reveal sophisticated and complex designs that shake the traditional foundations of evolutionary theory. Running time Approx. 50 minutes.

040353: Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution 3, DVD Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution 3, DVD
By New Life Inspirational Entert

This DVD presents powerful evidence that proves that the designs of animals cannot be explained by evolution, but only be a creator. This program will inspire you to look more closely at the world around you, as you enter the fascinating world of animals. For the past 20 years, Dr. Jobe Martin has been fascinating students with his lectures on the sophisticated designs of animals which are unexplainable by traditional evolution. Dr. Martin actually began his career as an evolutionist, but as his medical and scientific training progressed, he went through a revolution in his beliefs, eventually bringing him to a creationist stance. Approximate running time 80 minutes.