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Faith's anchor stronger than evolution's

Published:Saturday | August 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Please allow me to respond to the recent articles in your illustrious paper on the purpose and meaning of human life. Most of the writers postulated that life has no transcendental or ultimate meaning beyond that which the human person attaches to it. I am responding to this view as a Christian pastor and theological educator.

One of my challenges with the humanistic evolutionary view of human life on this planet is that it is grounded in the very reality that the proponents skilfully attack - faith. What these Darwinian enthusiasts have failed to acknowledge in their reflections is that evolution is unscientific in that it has no basis in empirical fact.

It was grounded in Darwin's observations and conjectures, which have not been demonstrably and irrefutably verified.

It takes more faith to embrace evolution and its offshoot called humanistic fatalism than to believe in deterministic creationism and intelligent design.

Some people are claiming, on the basis of the evolution of species and the supposed accidental emergence of life in the universe, that human existence is purposeless and meaningless. I refuse to accept that.

survival of the 'unfit'

This perspective would have led us as a species to the edge of nowhere millennia ago. We are not here today because of the survival of the fittest, but because of the survival of the 'unfit' because of divine providence.

History has demonstrated that the underdogs who have lived on the margins of society and on the underside of history have emerged to leave their mark on the world because they were driven by something more and beyond themselves. Christians, like other humans, experience existential anxiety in the face of death or what Paul Tillich calls "non-being". This does not make their faith null and void; nor does it negate the metaphysical proposition that God is the ground of being or Being itself who has given rise to all other beings.

The wise man says in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes that the great Divine One has placed eternity in our hearts. That is why we yearn for "something more," something beyond the meaninglessness of a humanistic, evolutionary, and self-determined existence.

I choose to believe in intelligent design and in a grand purpose behind the existence of the universe, not just because the Bible tells me so, but because life itself demands it.


Academic Dean

Bethel Bible