The next issue I want to address is the problem of the evolution of Sexual Reproduction. I want to preface this post by stating that the following statements and thought grew out of a conversation I had with an Atheist I met on Twitter who goes by the Twitter name @almightygod. He also happens to be a fellow blogger here on WordPress, and you can find him and his blog at http://almightygod.wordpress.com/ Anyways, these statements and thoughts I am about to share grew out of contemplation and reflection on topics discussed during an email correspondence I had with this man, and I don’t actually know if any of these are valid objections (let alone whether they have been brought up by others), nor do I know if these objections have already been presented and refuted, or if they are original to me, and I want you to get involved and let me know in the comments what you think of my arguments, if you have heard them before, and if you know of any refutations to the following arguments (or if you have refutations yourself). I am really hoping to generate a lot of conversation on this topic, and I encourage you to post any thoughts or problems you have with any of my arguments. Anyways, lets get on to the topic at hand, the problems I see with the evolution of sexual reproduction.
I find little value in any viewpoint that takes a radically skeptical view of truth, because it is nigh impossible to live out such belief. We cannot function and perform our day to day tasks while living as though we cannot know anything. It is impractical, and completely goes against how we live our lives. I do however see the value such radical skepticism has, in that it allows us to be challenged in our thinking and not just take what we think, or what seems intuitively true for granted.
There are some Atheists out there who don’t claim they have such a radically skeptical view of Truth, but do however say that we shouldn’t live by faith in anything, whether that be religion or otherwise. These Atheists desire to take a large step away from faith, what they see as the basis for religious belief (which in turn they see as a bad thing) and instead claim they want hard evidence for anything they believe. They desire the kind of evidence they claim we get from science. This kind of thinking is not necessarily a radically skeptical view of truth, but it is a strong form of skepticism, which I find untenable. It says that you can’t take anything on faith, and instead must be able to prove it through (mostly empirical) evidence. This is simply a false way of viewing the world. There are multiple things that everyone (even people who do not believe in any religion) take on faith (unless presented with valid reasons for thinking otherwise) everyday.
First, before we get into the actual post for today, I want to say I will work on getting the next Post about Evolution up within the next few days. Between that post and this one, I will try and keep posting things that I wish to share. I also have an upcoming post that is a reflection on the inconsistency of our own individual thought, and how we still expect complete perfection (consistency) in the thought of others.
This Post, What I Forget About Jesus: A Reflection, is one that I wrote earlier this year (January 7, 2011) and it is a reflection that was quite (and still is) relevant to my life. I found (find) myself currently in school full time, working towards a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (if not also a Doctorate), and I sometimes feel like my life isn’t enough, what I am doing isn’t enough, and that is the context out of which the following reflection grew. Enjoy, and God Bless.
Too often we read certain parts of the Bible, such as the Genesis account of creation and Noah and the flood, in a way that tries to extract scientific truths out of it, when in reality the purpose and intention of the Bible is not to be a scientific book. The Bible is a theological Book, and it should be read as such. We read different types of literature for different types of reasons, and they each have different purposes. The purpose of a poem is not the same as the purpose of a biography. The purpose of a Scientific journal article is not the same as the purpose for a prose narrative.
The first problem I see is with the beginning stages of Evolution. Evolution says that all life must have evolved from a single-celled organism. Before we even get to this single-celled organism, however, there is a previous problem with how this organism could have come from non-living material, but since I have already covered most of that problem in a previous post (Evolution and the Origin of Life), I will not deal with that here. The problem I want to address here is the origin of the Genetic code. Our Genes are the blueprints for life. One of the things I find difficult to understand is how such a complex system of storing and expressing such a vast amount of information can be generated from non-life. If there is no intelligent source, how can you have any sort of intelligible information?
It has been too long since the last time I blogged.
So, I have registered for classes next semester, I am super excited, because I got into a class called “Christianity & Science.” I can’t wait for this class to begin! I was never big into science as a high school student, mainly because doing science for its own sake didn’t excite me, and I didn’t really care for it for the many years I spent partying and living for myself after. It wasn’t until I surrendered my life to Christ that I became interested in it, and even then not right away. I still don’t enjoy doing science myself, but I am really interested in what science and scientists are discovering, what they are saying, and how this can (and whether it should) inform our worldviews. I notice that there are many things that are held as scientific truths, that are not, and other things that are faith (not fact) based claims. I started becoming interested and passionate about science and what it says because of my passion for Christ, and my passion for Christian apologetics.