Monday, May 30, 2016

Creationists and IDists v. BioLogos

This post is a little complicated, but it is important concerning the "evolution wars," and I've edited a few times to make it as clear as I can. To start, BioLogos is a group of people who are committed to Theistic Evolution (TE). TE is the premise that animals and humans developed by evolution helped along by God. This help could come directly, such as if He intervened in the genes of an embryo to be therefore born slightly different than its parents. Many people believe this, but it does have the problem of people coming from animals. Or, in the version pushed by BioLogos, God could have acted in a Divine Hands-off manner (also known as Deism). This scenario supposes that God somehow caused evolution to happen in a pre-planned way that would LOOK to us as random.

There are several problems with this Deism view. One problem is that it correlates exactly with any secular or atheist’s view of evolution, what we call neo-Darwinian evolution. Secularists look at evolution as random (the random genetic mutation element means the basis of evolution is random even though there is a non-random element called selection). Another problem with this view is that there is a logical fallacy in saying life looks like it was brought about in a random way because biological structures do NOT LOOK random. Our bodies have trillions of cells working together to give us life. A cell is a basic unit of biology. Proteins, which are the working molecules of the cell, are very specifically constructed for what they do. The DNA inside the cell acts as a code to make the proteins, and therefore must also be very specific. These molecules do not look random.

So we have a group of people (BioLogos), many of whom are scientists, who tell us God somehow created animals and plants and people, but we are supposed to go by the book of all secularist and atheist scientists. In contrast there are other groups of people who are actively questioning the secular view and secular-like TE view put forth by BioLogos. One group of Intelligent Design advocates is called the Discovery Institute. These people are dedicated to make the facts known about proteins and other biological structures and claim these structures were designed. They are using scientific methods, such as information theory, to try to prove what they are saying. Other groups are Special Creationists (believing in direct supernatural creation by God), such as Answers in Genesis and the Institute for Creation Research. These also have scientists in their ranks and are using their websites to argue their cases.

Since BioLogos backs atheistic outlooks on creation and evolution, the arguments of the Discovery Institute and Creationists are directed against both Biologos and atheists. On the Discovery Institute’s newsletter website and his own, Dr. Cornelius Hunter is showing why the BioLogos arguments of Dr. Dennis Venema are wrong. In the links below there are articles that point out faults and also go to other references which cover enlightening insights of several ongoing arguments. Though Creationists and Intelligent Design advocates are accused of being anti-science, the irony is that in matters of biological complexity they are more precisely scientific than BioLogos.

http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2016/05/shared-errors-biologos-on-broken-genes.html .

http://darwins-god.blogspot.com/2016/06/biologos-broken-genes-and-urate-oxidase.html#comment-form .

So a major problem with BioLogos is though they say they want to show how science and religion can be reconciled, they promote both a non-religious and non-scientific (illogical) view of evolution. They imply that God is not really needed because evolution is random anyway, and that if you want to believe in God, you still better believe in non-divine-type evolution.

The person who started BioLogos, Dr. Francis Collins, a self-professed Christian, has been instrumental in the present legal status of using human embryos in scientific research. Though the BioLogos people profess to be Christian, neo-Darwinian evolution has been the only option until recently (see The Third Way of Evolution) for atheists. Casey Luskin, who worked for Discovery Institute for many years, has published a paper called Darwin's Poisoned Tree in the Trinity Law Review about the relationship between the teaching of evolution and atheism. You can find the paper at this link:

http://www.discovery.org/a/25273 .

It is not unusual for Christians to be right about some things and wrong about others. This is part of growth and learning. BioLogos Christians are wrong to push their random evolution agenda. Somehow they are blinded, perhaps by some imagined promise of scientific discovery, to the amazing design in biology that is obviously seen by others as supernatural creation. Refer to Romans 1:20 in resisting intimidation by scientists who tell you we came about by chance:
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse. (USCCB, NABRE).

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