To my thinking the gaps between the lifestyles of flying, swimming, running, leaping, jumping, burrowing, camouflaging, natural instinctive behavior, and conscious human thought…with their accompanying widely divergent physical characteristics…are too large and fundamentally discontinuous to be joined gradualistically in Darwin’s “tree of life”….even when attempting to use creative, hypothetical imagination to close the gaps…in lieu of factual evidence.
The differences in lifestyle programs that perfectly coordinate with the physical differences…that separate a lion from an elephant from a water buffalo from a giraffe from a homo sapien…into complete wholes having distinct and discrete differences with no incrementally transitional intermediates in between their behavioral characteristics…this last piece of commonsense evidence for me removes Darwinian macroevolution out of the range of rational believability.
I think that the scientific pursuit of an understanding of information, in addition to mater and energy, will take us right up to the edge of divine creative methodology. We possess the intellectual capacity and the cognitive reasoning skills to adventure there. And it appears to this Christian believer that God has not only left the door wide open for us…through an orderly and intelligible natural world…but has placed so many clues along the path that our scientific journey will eventually reach that edge…if not beyond.
But if it turns out that this is as far as human investigative efforts can go…if it turns out that there is an impassible boundary limit that separates divine creative thought processes beyond which we cannot go…then so be it. This in itself would be a final definitive answer to our questions about some aspects of ultimate reality…that initially started the modern Scientific Revolution.
That the narrow parameters of human scientific investigation could ever discover the natural explanation for the existence of life, or of self-conscious thought, or of an absolute moral standard, or of such immeasurable and unquantifiable realities as love, friendship, honesty, loyalty, fidelity, determination, ingenuity, bravery, humor, self-sacrifice, and individuality, to name only a few imponderables…is an open question that commonsense I believe would answer in the negative.
As Christians, our view of the upcoming end-times can affect our thinking regarding the expediency and timeliness of taking up our cross and following Jesus…as we approach the last-days shake-up of this world. This is the subject of Chapter Four.