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New Insight on Evolution – a Feature of Creation

Timeline of evolution of life shows evolution as feature of creation

Evolution of life follows certain universal “principles of creation” and can be said to be a distinct feature of creation

Dr. Andrew Wilson on evolution as feature of creation
Dr. Andrew Wilson lecturing online 23rd April 2024. Screenshot

Part 3 of “Evolutionary Creationism: A New Perspective on Purpose and Human Origins”, a presentation by Dr. Andrew Wilson, Professor of Scriptural Studies at HJ International Graduate School for Peace and Public Leadership (HJI), New York, USA, given on a special online program 23rd April 2024 hosted by HJI and the Higher Purpose Forum (HPF).

See part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5

Until now, my lecture was about astrophysics. The next part is about evolution and biology. It’s titled

Evolution is a feature of creation

That means evolution was created guided by the principles of creation.

Geological time scale
Geologic time scale with detail down to the period. Illustration: United States Geological Survey / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image

We can see evidence of the principle of growth through three stages, for instance that since the Cambrian explosion there are basically three eras in the evolution of higher life forms, namely the Paleozoic, the Mesozoic, and the Cenozoic era.

And so we can see the principled pattern of formation, growth, and completion.

In other words, evolution that we see of life is but a manifestation of the principles of creation.

It is the purposeful development of life forms over billions of years to arrive at the goal of God‘s creative work, which is human beings, who could know God, and with whom God can have an object partner relationship.

So just seeing the number three here in terms of the geologic era, it’s indicative of the fact that there’s could be a principle of growth at work in evolution.

Darwin taught that evolution was purposeless, that it developed the way it did, basically by chance, and natural selection would select out the most fit creatures to survive.

But evolutionary creationism says that life unfolds to realize a predetermined purpose, namely God‘s purpose of creation.

And if there is growth through stages, it implies that there must be an end, an endpoint to evolution, which would be completion of the original design that God intended when God began creating.

Charles Darwin in 1854
Charles Darwin in 1854, 5 years before he published The Origin of Species. Photo: Maull & Polyblank / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

And that original design that existed before life began, is something that would not be in the vocabulary of an evolutionist who follows Darwin, or the Neo-Darwinian synthesis that reigns in biology today.

But for the evolutionary creationist, the basic theme of life unfolding to realize predetermined purpose, means that the survival of the fittest that Darwin saw, is but a means to that end – an external cause of change.

But the internal cause is the unfolding of God‘s purpose.

So, let’s look at this a little bit more.

Stages of growth

The Origin of Species
A 2017 edition of ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin, originally published in 1859. SD Books

Darwin looked at everything as species. Every species was an individual species, and just look at his book. It’s entitled “The Origin of the Species”.

But if you look from a kind of a 35,000 foot view, we can see species as stages. Extinct species are from earlier stages in the lineage of the modern creatures that exist today.

And a very good example is birds. We can see that dinosaurs were the growth stage of modern birds, that in the dinosaur era, feathers developed.

3 stages of growth feature of creation
3 stages of growth according to the Principles of Creation. Illustration: FFWPU

And then another stage of development of dinosaurs, in the Mesozoic era, was the evolution of flight.

And it was out of those stages, formation and growth, that we get to the completion stage, which would be birds today.

And birds, of course, realize the final purpose – to relate with human beings. By our appreciating and enjoying birds and eating the products of birds, namely eggs and chicken, we can connect them with God.

Continued in part 4.

See part 1, part 2, part 4, part 5

Featured image above: Small timeline showing different events in the evolution of life. Illustration (2012): LadyofHats / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image

“New Insight on Evolution – a Feature of Creation” – text: Dr. Andrew Wilson

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