Defending Evolution from ID Distortions

The Birth of an Evolutionist


Having been raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, I grew up hearing the theory of Darwinian Evolution often scorned as an atheistic  rationality against God. I was raised to believe that the earth was no more than 6,000 years old and that therefore “we didn’t come monkeys.” In fact, the SDA church is the source for the modern YEC movement. Young Earth Creationism was a requirement for me when I was baptized into the church and officially became a member.

As I went to private schools run by the church, we were often indoctrinated into Creationism. I remember in my sixth grade science book, the flood of Noah was used as an explanation for geological formation, and that humans and dinosaurs co-existed, and that humans were individually created separately from apes. — Ironically, the same textbooks classified humans as primates along with monkeys and apes. — However, despite all the Creationist indoctrination i was put through,  little by little, I began losing faith in a Young Earth.

I began using common sence to determine that the earth and universe was much older than 6,000. It was basically all because of starlight and light speed. I reasoned that if light took millions of years to reach us here on earth, then the universe had to be older. — However, I still didn’t consider Carbon-14 and other dating methods because I was taught all my life that they were inaccurate. I then revised the belief in the creation week into long ages much like progressive creationists though I had no idea progressive creationists existed. I then also concluded that the flood of Noah was a local event because it was the only explanation that seemed to make sense. Certainly this would be acceptable, wouldn’t it?

A recently as the summer of 2008, I had stayed away from evolution thinking that there was no reason to accept it, or rather “to believe” in it. Finally, in all my ignorance of evolutionary theory, I left a comment on a blog that talked about Evolution being “both theory and fact.” — I ignorantly commented that Evolution was only a hypothesis, and nothing more, but that I accepted an old earth. This then drew other comments calling me ignorant . . . and I was.  I had no real response.

I then decided to look up what scientists said about Evolution. I was then troubled by all the support that it enjoyed in the scientific community. The fossil and genetic evidence I ran across bothered me, and the YEC apologetics I found online didn’t give me any comfort. The most convincing Creationist I read online was Harun Yahya, but I think that was only because he was not a YEC. He accepts the old age of the earth. As a result, I took more comfort in his works than I did from organizations like Answers in Genesis and the Insitute for Creation Research, though this isn’t to say I never read up on them.

In short, I did everything possible to avoid accepting that Evolution could possibly be true for the next full year. After all, I thought that if Evolution were true, then that would inherently mean that God was not our creator. I began reading Micheal Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box and Harun Yahya’s The Evolution Deceit, and used the arguments in those books against Evolution. I then was countered by even better arguments against those given in those particular books.

By July of 2009, I was finally losing what little faith in Creationism I still had. Though in the early part of that month, I was still an Old-Earth Creationist, my comments about Evolution became less and less dogmatic. I finally made statements like “I am a Creationist, but Evolution may in fact be true.” — What finally got rid of any doubt of harmonizing God and Evolution was a short three video series I randomly found on YouTube which beautifully ( and it can be watched by clicking here.) For at least a couple of days after this, I considered the points made, and I finally decided to do more investigation about the topic. By investigation, I mean unbiased with no preconceptions. This research fully convinced me that Evolution was indeed a scientific fact, and that God was fully in harmony with Science.

— An Evolutionist was born.

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6 responses

  1. My experience was almost exactly the opposite of yours. I had no religious guidance when I was young. I studied and believed in Evolution from the time I was 10 years old, until I was 25. Belief in Evolution ruined what should have been some of the best years of my life. Life became meaningless to me.
    My life was changed because I picked up a Bible and started studying it. The Bible talks about deceptions that would deceive even the “very elect if it were possible.” That’s what you have seen. It’s the same thing I saw, and was deceived by; very clever evolutionary propaganda. I wasn’t able to see through it at all until I asked God, if he were real, to show me what was really true. I’d never heard of Creationism, or Intelligent Design, but I began to see some of the things that I’ve heard from them years later.
    Over time I have become absolutely convinced of the very things you’ve been led away from. Just because Evolutionism is better funded, controls the public education systems, and can afford the best lawyers, doesn’t mean they’re right. As a matter of fact, the Bible predicts all this, and ultimately the end of the world because of it. Faith in Science instead of God will be the downfall of mankind.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:31 am

    • krissmith777

      I am very sorry that you see a “belief” in evolution as the root of what ruined your life. But whether you like evolution or not has no bearing on whether or not it is true or false. It is the evidence from science that determines that.

      I do not accept evolution because of any weakness of faith or because it is “better funded,” as you put it. I am as much a Christian now as I was before I accepted the fact of evolution. It is not a barrier to devout belief in God.

      April 6, 2010 at 4:26 am

    • Dale Husband

      It is a fallacy to assume that life is meaningless because there is no God or because evolution is true. We make life meaningful by whatever we do and the choices we make to improve our lives and influence others.

      “Faith in Science instead of God will be the downfall of mankind.”
      That is nonsense. The Dark Ages, after the fall of the Roman Empire (which had become dominated by Christianity in its last years) was a time when belief in God was absolutely powerful and science was simply not part of the people’s lives. It is ignorance that will bring down mankind, not failing to follow a religious belief.

      “I had no religious guidance when I was young.”

      You also must have been taught nothing about why religion was flawed and a failure, and thus you were seduced by it later. It is clear that many people are prone to emotional manipulation by a community they are attracted to and want to be part of. That happened to me many years ago.

      June 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm

  2. Kris, I want to take a moment to congratulate you on your perseverance and willingness to investigate your established beliefs. I’ve been through this same process and understand how difficult — yet exhilarating — it can be.

    The position you are in is quite exciting and you are perfectly placed to apply the same rigour to everything you hold to be true. As we settle down into our conclusions it becomes more and more difficult to genuinely question and doubt our assumptions but given that you have recently had to put truth before comfort I reckon you are perfectly placed to use the same methods for everything else.

    Recognise the patterns that led you to believe falsity in the past and see if you can detect them elsewhere.

    Regardless of the conclusions you come to I admire anyone who is willing to genuinely doubt even at the expense of their most cherished and deeply-held beliefs.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

  3. Hi Kris, Damian let me know about your new blog the other week and I thought I’d leave you a bit of encouragement. I’m happy to see someone who was one a creationist/ID proponent change their mind. I hope you enjoy the journey and wherever it leads you.

    Ryan

    August 10, 2010 at 9:04 am

    • krissmith777

      hey, rmbrowning, been a while!!

      August 11, 2010 at 12:24 am

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