There is no reason to argue a case for Creation from within the theoretical construct of evolution, but that is what a lot of people try to do.
When I say evolution I am referring to the origin of species, not simply the adaptation that happens on a daily basis. This definition of Evolution includes the entire fictional narrative of life evolving from the primordial soup, beginning with the process known as Abiogenesis.
I know that many scientists like to make a big deal about how Abiogenesis and Evolution are different things. Abiogenesis pertains to the origin of life, but Evolution just describes the adaptive changes and genetic drift that happen as part of daily life. There are two ways to look at this approach:
- On one hand this makes no sense at all and is really just a rhetorical feint designed to put creationists on the back foot. It demonstrates a failure to comprehend the theoretical basis of the evolutionary process. When, for example, does Abiogenesis stop and Evolution start? What level of complexity is this? At what point do molecules change into a line of dividing cells passing genetic material from generation to generation? When do we pass from chemistry to biology in the development of life? The distinction is moot because it is part of the same narrative: godless existence. We’ll call this “big E” Evolution.
- But let’s step back and look at the situation from our enlightened Biblical perspective. It is more accurate than you might imagine. In our Biblical narrative, evolution is indeed a process of change that is extensively documented, but it is a process that depends on death. The passage of heritable traits from one generation to another and the differential survival and relative reproductive success of different progeny is the basis for evolutionary change. This process, correctly called Devolution, began after the fall of man in Genesis 3 when sin entered the world and death by sin. Abiogenesis is indeed a completely separate phenomenon, because it is part of the sequence of events that took place on the first day of creation. We’ll call this “small e” evolution, properly named Devolution.
There is a simple spiritual remedy for evolution which is so powerful that most Christians seem to be unaware of it.
It goes like this:
The Bible says that sin came before death.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17)
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12)
Evolution requires that death, billions of years of it, came before sin.
This means that the evolutionary origin of humanity is impossible, but the process of evolution, as change in allele frequency over time, is completely accounted for within the narrative of Creation.
If death is not the punishment for sin, but is just part of a natural process of life, what do we need to be saved from? Any attempt to incorporate an evolutionary origin of humanity into a theology of Christianity negates the need for a savior.
Is the origin of humanity by Evolution or Jesus Christ? You can’t have both.