The Teaching of Evolution and the Believer
I have got a number of things which I have written about evolution;
however, I need to sort through them and post them as I have time.
- Some people don't think
that there is any actual support for creationism or for intelligent
design. Much of what is found in related literature are attacks
on evolutionary theory (and, in many cases, these are reasonable
attacks. However, there are also positive, valid reasons for
believing that God created the earth. World Population Growth (HTML) (PDF)
deals with one of these arguments, which, insofar as I know, is
exclusive to this website. Now, some of you will get bogged down
in the mathematics or simply just glaze over when you come to that
portion. So let me give you a less-technical summary of
what you will read. There is a
population growth equation which is found in virtually every Algebra
II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus textbook, high school or college level.
If you take any two world population figures from any reputable source
and plug into this equation, you can determine a population growth
constant for man. Then you can use that constant to determine
approximately when man was first found on this earth.
Evolution teaches that modern man is roughly 1 million years old.
However, by using this equation, man's time on this earth is somewhere
between 2000 years and 25,000 years. If you choose
population figures on both sides of a slow growth period of time (e.g.,
around the Middle Ages), you can stretch out man's time of this earth
to perhaps 25,000 years. If you take more recent figures, during
a time when man has has better luck with war, disease and famine, the
time frame is much less. This is only an approximation and
nothing more. However, they key is, evolution is off by a factor
of 40. That is, if we chose the longest possible period of time
that man has lived on this earth, evolution is off by a factor of
40. So, what would have to happen is, world population would have
to start from nothing and build up to today's levels, die off
completely; build up to today's level,s, and then again, die off
completely; and continue to do this 40 times in order for evolution to
jive with the most common, population growth model that we have.
- When I was a
teacher, a science teacher and I had a debate on evolution in our
school newspaper. He (or another science teacher) sent me a short
article (HTML) (PDF) from a science textbook company which I wrote a response to (HTML) (PDF).
- A letter which I wrote to MENSA on the Creation/Evolution Debate HTML PDF
- One of the best books that I have read is Lubenow's Bones of Contention.
I've read the book several times and summarize and review some of his
points. I am hoping that, after reading this short synopsis of
some of his chapters and some of his reasoning, that you will purchase
a copy of the book for yourself. HTML PDF