Adam Hamilton entitles chapter ten of his book Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White “Apes, Evolution and Adam and Eve.” I would imagine he is trying to show the problems associated with this controversial idea of how we evolved.
For the evolutionists, we are descended from apes; for the Christian, we are descended from Adam and Eve.
In the post “One Christian Response to Evolution”, we explored the idea of scientific creationism and say that it is based on a young earth [10,000 years old], a literal interpretation of the Bible, and the idea that Scripture is history.
Now let’s look at “Another Christian Response to Evolution”: intelligent design.
Christians who believe in intelligent design agree with scientific creationists that whole-hearted acceptance of Darwinian evolution is not viable. However, they don’t throw Darwin away completely. They admit that some of Darwin’s ideas may be correct. On the intelligent design website it states “through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether various natural structures are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination thereof.” Some structures may have evolved by chance but not all. Unlike scientific creationists, they do not argue that the earth is only ten thousand years old; they admit it is much older. Also they are not trying to fit the idea of creation into a literal reading of the Book of Genesis. They see the complexity of this world and don’t think it can be explained totally by evolution.
Richard Dawkins, who is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, author, and an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, has a famous quote about intelligent design: “The likelihood of [evolution explaining the creation of the earth] was akin to a tornado blowing through a metal scrap yard, and leaving behind a perfectly formed Boeing jet in its wake.”
In other words, an intelligent Creator has to be behind it all. Unlike evolutionists who are convinced there is no God and human life is simply the result of random mutations with no purpose, intelligent design believers place God firmly within the evolutionary process. Unlike scientific creationists who start with the Bible and end up by explaining creation within a strict Biblical framework, intelligent designers start with nature and conclude that the complexity of nature cannot always be explained by randomness.
Intelligent design believers feel there is a purpose for God. On the “God Questions.org website”, it states that “while the Intelligent Design Theory does not presume to identify the source of intelligence (whether it be God or UFOs or something else), the vast majority of Intelligent Design theorists are theists. They see the appearance of design which pervades the biological world as evidence for the existence of God.”
All one has to do is ponder the wonderful complexity of this world and see that random chance is probably not going to account for the amazing types of life forms we have in the world today. Dr. Bill Harris, Professor of Metabolism and Vascular Research at the University of Missouri states that “We [intelligent designers] believe that there is evidence in biology, cosmology, in the natural world for the interaction with an Intelligence, both for its origin and its development and there are some pieces of the creation that call out for a Creator.”
Intelligent design is not evolutionary science; intelligent design is not scientific creationism and if you would like to find out more, I refer you to http://www.intelligentdesign.org/. There you will find more details about this Christian response to evolution.
There, you can begin to determine if this response to evolution is one that you can believe.