Wow! I’ve had a great time over the last few days with an out-of-town guest talking about what is at stake in the debate of Intelligent Design vs. Evolution. Our conversation started out with normal dialogue about “Is it a big deal if . . . ?” Is it a big deal if God created the world in six days or over millions and millions of years? Is it a big deal if God created Adam and Eve specifically or if He set a plan in motion through which people evolved? Normally I would have sloughed off the conversation and moved on . . . but this time, I didn’t.
I’ve been learning a lot lately that ideas have consequences, so I knew better than to say, “No, it doesn’t matter.” So I said, “Yes, I think it is important.” What a great thing to say! My friend (who is not a conservative Christian like myself) and I started searching the internet to talk about young earth theories, evolution, science, and the purposes of God.
Everything we discovered was so interesting! I’d never had the opportunity to research this topic alongside someone who was mutually interested and coming from such a different perspective. It was very motivating. Too often we can go back and forth in dialogue with limited information, but to go together with someone to find and discuss credible information was powerful!
First we wandered to answersingenesis.org and watched videos . . . Millions of Years: Where Did the Idea Come From? (which discussed who was significant in the progression of these ideas . . . good, but not exactly what we were looking for). . . it was really interesting to see the way the ideas transformed over time and how little basis there is for how dogmatically it is taught.
I have so many thoughts about it all that I’m debating just how many blog posts I should write. After we watched those videos and had some lively discussion, we rented Ben Stein’s new documentary, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” It was great! As we think more about how ideas have consequences, check out this clip.
Last, I want to include the favorite clip of my friend. He was floored when scientists discussed how much more complex they understand the cell to be now . . . versus when Darwin came up with his theory. Go to http://expelledthemovie.com/videos.php and click on “The Complexity of the Cell.” It is really amazing!
-Tim C. Williams