Q&A: Disproving Evolution

Disproving Evolution


How can I disprove evolution to a biology professor?


You may be knocking your head against a wall in trying to "disprove" evolution to a biology professor -- unless that professor has expressed a willingness to reconsider his stance. The reason is primarily that evolutionary theory is a matter of faith to a large degree. The professor in question probably has a lot riding on his loyalty to evolutionary theory, and will not be willing to challenge his own commitments because it will cost him too much to find out that he is wrong.

I would also add that it is very difficult to argue with Darwinists because of their completely unfounded assumption either that there is no God, or that God is not active. That is, they presuppose that God does not exist or does not interact in creation, and interpret all evidence in keeping with that presupposition. And even if you could disprove evolution to this professor, you would not have proven God's existence. You would simply have created the need for a new or modified theory to explain the phenomena that Darwinism attempts to explain. Creationism is one such theory, but it takes a shift in faith commitment to buy into it. One must believe in God before one can believe in creationism.

That being said, there is a very good argument against Darwinism put forth by Michael J. Behe, professor of biochemistry a Lehigh University, that can be found in his book Darwin's Black Box. His argument is based on the inner workings of the human cell, and suggests that the human cell is irreducibly complex. That is, the human cell is so complex, and its functions are so interdependent, that the cell could not have developed slowly. The high level of complexity necessitates that the cell is quite advanced by evolutionary standards, while the interdependence necessitates that few or none of the sub-cellular complexities could have existed without the others already being present. There is no way for the complex human cell to have developed gradually.

Another book that isn't too bad is Darwin on Trial, written by attorney Phillip E. Johnson. This book approaches the question of Darwinism from the perspective of standards of proof. It suggests that only an emotional or faith commitment to Darwinism can sustain belief in the system, because it cannot be upheld by any other reasonable standard of proof.

Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.