Divine Creation Vs. Evolution

By H. L. Bruce

John Roach Straton once wrote, “Disillusionment came to the present writer when he discovered that Evolution is not a fact of science, but a dogma of philosophy; that both its history and its essential nature prove that it belongs primarily to the realm of subjective speculation and not to the field of objective fact” (ISBE, p. 1048A). “It is evident that it originated in heathen and pagan minds and was not a native product of Christian intellect” (ibid.).

Science Is On The Side Of Divine Creation

In the article “Man Does Not Stand Alone,” by A. Cressy Morrison, former president of the New York Academy of Science, in Reader’s Digest, December, 1946, the following is found:

“Suppose you put ten pennies marked from one to ten, into your pocket and give them a good shuffle. Now try to take them out in sequence from one. to ten, putting back the coin each time and shaking them all again. Mathematically we know that your chances of first drawing number one is one in ten; of drawing one and two in succession, one in 100; of drawing one, two and three in succession, one in 1000, and so on; your chances of drawing them all, from number one to number ten in succession, would reach the unbelievable figure of one in ten billion.

“By the same reasoning, so many exacting conditions are necessary for life on the earth that they could not possibly exist in proper relationship by chance. The earth rotates on its axis at 1000 miles an hour at the equator; if it turned at 100 miles an hour, our days and nights would be ten times as long as now, and the hot sun would likely burn up our vegetation each long day while in the long night any surviving sprout might well freeze.

“Again, the sun, source of our life, has a surface temperature of 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and our earth is just far enough away so that this ‘eternal fire’ warms us just enough and not too much! If the sun gave off only one half its present radiation, we would freeze, and if it gave half as much more, we would roast.

“The slant of the earth, tilted at an angle of 23 degrees, gives us our seasons; if the earth had not been so tilted, vapors from the ocean would move north and south, piling up for us continents of ice. If the moon were, say, only 50,000 miles away instead of its actual distance, our tides might be so enormous that twice a day all continents would be submerged; even the mountains would soon be eroded away. If the crust of the earth had been only ten feet thicker, there would be no oxygen, without which animal life must die. Had the ocean been a few feet deeper, carbon dioxide and oxygen would have been absorbed and no vegetable life could exist.

“It is apparent from these and a host of other examples that there is not one chance in billions that life on our planet is an accident.”

Evolution’s Difficulties

Charles Darwin himself said positively, “The beginning oi the universe is an unsolvable mystery” (ISBE, p. 1048A). “So great is the difficulty of evolution, that Professor J. B. S. Haldane, declined to debate evolution with Col. L. M. Davis and Douglas DeWar, unless the question of the origin of life on the earth was excluded from the debate” (The Transformist Illusion, Chapter 1, p. 9). How many atheists and other evolutionists of repute do you know today who are willing to meet a person in a debate on the origin of matter?

Neither Scientific Nor Scriptural

The theories of evolution will stand neither the test of science nor the scrutiny of scripture’s eye. “An all-powerful God could have made the world and created man and woman by evolutionary process if He had so desired and willed; but the Bible revelation tells us that He did not so make the world, man and woman, and we may stand upon that revelation with full assurance. There is ample ground, therefore, for the emphatic conclusion of such scholarly and discriminating recent writers as professor Mullins, Prof.. Machen, Dr. Conrad, and others, that the acceptance of Evolution leads not merely to a type of religion (?) that is radically different from Christianity, but diametrically opposed to real Christianity” (ISBE, op. cit.).

Truth Magazine, XVIII:34, p. 6
June 27, 1974