With the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859, the scientific study of biological life in nature, and biblical, God-composed journeys of faith were inseparably intertwined. Darwinism says that natural processes alone can produce all of the vast diversity and wonder of nature…including our intellectual and moral reasoning. Biblical Judaism and Christianity say that the intelligent designer God is the creative mastermind behind the uniquely distinct and discontinuous physical body-plans for fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, mammals, plants, and trees, and that God is the imaginative inventor behind all of the diverse behavioral lifestyle programs for existence and survival.
The Old and New Testaments of the Bible present God-composed journey of faith life-scripts, all centered around the innovative and unconventional concept of the cross of Jesus Christ…that God’s ways displace our ways…which is singularly and exclusively unique in all of human literary history and experience, outside of the Bible.
Truth by definition is exclusive. A lion cannot be a cheetah or a leopard. A lion cannot be everything it may want to be. A lion cannot have the speed of a cheetah, or be able to hide up in a tree for prey to come by like a leopard…and still be true to the body plan and life-script of being a lion (1 Cor. 12:29…”Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers?…”; and Jn. 21:20-22). God-composed life-scripts…unique, distinct, and exclusive…are real and true in the living world of nature and in human experience.
Conformity to worldly conventional normalcy is the great leveler…of bringing all human experience down into the horizontally flat band-width of unimaginative life-programs…overly concerned primarily with the security of basic survival needs…to the exclusion of purpose (Mt. 6:25). Worldly safe, conventional normalcy would never produce the risk-filled adventure of faith life-scripts like those of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, David, Daniel, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Joseph and Mary, Peter, John, James, and Paul, to name only a few.
A biblical-quality, God-composed journey of faith life-script, even amidst the most basic and humble of life’s circumstances (Lk. 2:7; Mt. 13:55; 27:38) is at the uppermost pinnacle of imaginative adventure within the unique context of our created capacity for intellectual reasoning, moral judgment, free-will choice, and our inbuilt drive toward discovery (Mt. 6:33), when combined with divine purpose.
Our human thought process is progressive. We discover truth in incremental steps…sometimes the hard way through errors and mistakes…sometimes by sheer accident…but mostly through persistent effort. Our knowledge “evolves” and progresses over time. History clearly teaches this.
I think that one of the reasons why Darwinism appealed so strongly to the scientific world of the late 1800’s is the naturalness of seeing a parallel application of the human progressive thought-process…the steadily advancing “doctrine of progress” in technology and science…applied to origins and development in the living biological world. In hindsight, this would seem on the surface like a rational extrapolation.
But the fundamental mistake we cannot make today is to project our common experience of editing, revising, debugging, fine-tuning, problem-solving in the reactive mode, and “scrapping the whole thing” and “going back to the drawing board” realities of the human enterprise…to the specified complexity and functional coherence we now see clearly in the living natural world. We now understand that complex systems of information like computer software programs, books, newspaper headlines, and the genetic DNA code found in all living things, requires intelligent design in their initial origin irrespective of subsequent revising and fine-tuning.