(This is a slightly revised version of a paper the author presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in November 2006. Two of the authors of the critiqued texts [Grudem and Lewis] read the paper shortly thereafter but to date have given no speciﬁc responses to this critique of their views.) Over the past few decades there has been a growing and often very heated controversy in the public square and in the Church (not only in America but in many other countries as well) over evolution and the age of the earth. Systematic theology texts are influential in this debate as they are used in the training of future pastors, missionaries, and seminary and Christian college professors and are also read by many lay people, thus affecting the Church’s witness. The epistle to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
by Tas Walker Darwin considered the Australian Aborigines as primitive and not much evolved from the ‘anthropoid apes’.
He anticipated that the ‘wilder races’ would become extinct because survival of the fittest meant they would be superseded by the evolutionarily-advanced ‘civilised’ races.
that involves isolating, describing, and structuring data, usually by typological classification, along with chronological, functional, technological, and constituent determinations.
The research involves artifactual and nonartifactual data.
An evolutionary view of human origins underlies the World Heritage listing of the Lake Mungo site.
Such a view was not good for the first Australians. By evolution I mean the idea that changes have occurred in organisms over time to produce new species and that life began from a common ancestor. This is known as microevolution and has been observed for thousands of years. Evolution is myth, ideology, religion, or philosophy. And, invariably evolutionist “proof” exits the realm of science into metaphysics and teleology. And watches are a lot less complex than single-celled organisms. William Paley’s watchmaker analogy remains unrefuted. Even if the universe were a million times older than it is it could not happen. One has a better chance winning the powerball lottery a billion times in a row than for life to emerge through random selection. Gould, the Harvard evolutionist, recognized the problem and introduced the idea of punctiliar equilibrium: evolution by leaps and bounds. When I state no evidence exists to support evolution I mean exactly this. To give one a sense of how evolutionists think is a quotation by Richard Lewontin, a Harvard evolutionary biologist: Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We observe that species adapt, mutate, and variate. Evolutionists expand such reasoning into the areas of morphology, cytology, pathology, etc. But again, we confront that nagging problem: no evidence.6. Many atrocities were perpetrated on Aboriginal communities because of these evolutionary beliefs.Incredibly, in the 1800s, it was not uncommon for Aboriginal people to be hunted and shot as specimens for science. The first Aboriginal settlers to Australia were descended from people as intelligent and inventive as any other culture at that time.Over 20 states are considering changing (or have recently tried to change) their high school science standards to allow students to be exposed to scientific criticisms of evolution.