Evolution and the Invisible Man

Luther Blackmon
Marion, Indiana

As impossible as it is to explain the human body apart from intelligent creation, it is even more impossible to account for those characteristics of man which have no material form: his mental endowments, articulate speech, his power of abstract reasoning, his appreciation of the beauties of nature, his enjoyment of music, his moral sense, conscience, his dominion over the rest of creation, his religious faith, his belief in God. Even evolutionists admit, "the intelligence of man so far surpasses that of the nearest competitors, the anthropoids, that the mental gulf between them is immeasurable" (Lull, Evolution Of Man, page 38). Let me pose a question here, and don't toss it aside until you have given it some thought. How did man come by his idea of God? Every idea we have comes to us through the five senses: touch, taste, smell, hear and see. If you think this is not true, then try to think of one idea that you have, about anything, that did not come through one of these senses. I have asked people who were born blind if they have any idea of color. The answer is always, "No." - One man said he associates color with things. For example, he hears people say grass is green. When he hears the word "green" he thinks of grass, but it makes no picture on his mind. He cannot think "green." He thinks "grass." If he could not hear, music would have no meaning. If he had none of the five senses, he would be a vegetable. This is not original with me. Alexander Campbell asked Robert Owen this question in their debate. Campbell undoubtedly got it from John Locke, the English philosopher. Owen tried to answer by saying that man created God in his imagination. But imagination cannot create. It is like a carpenter who can take wood and tools that already exist and build a house, but he cannot create either the wood or the material of which his tools are made. Imagination can combine the body of a lion, and the face of a man and one has a sphinx, or, the body of a horse and part of a man and one has a Centaur. But if anyone thinks he can create in his imagination an entirely new idea not borrowed from things he already knows, which things he acquired through his senses, let him take a crack at it. So  if God does not exist, then nobody ever saw, heard, smelled, tasted or touched Him and therefore can have no idea or thought of Him. I hope I do not sound irreverent. God revealed Himself to man (Heb. 1: 1-2). "God  spake in times past." Man heard. That is why man knows about God

May 3, 1973