If you think Evolution is false, read these books

Well, I’ve started my blog today and I will try to propose you one or more books per day. I am probably being a bit unrealistic, but let me try!

Now, to start this off… One of my preferred blogs of lately is Why Evolution Is True. It’s a funny blog for me, since the author is very articulate and very direct (even blunt) defending something I don’t have a problem with. It’s funny to see someone keep fighting a ghost that should have disappeared long ago and do that with such verve and in such beautiful prose. And, yes, arguments are impeccable too.

The ghost is Creationism. The Theory of Evolution, which I learned as a boy (even on religion classes!) as the simple explanation of the incredible variety of nature is rejected by some as some “devil wrong explanation” that is driving people from God and the truth: that Earth and species were created by God directly.

Well, they are wrong. Scientifically, it makes as much sense as claiming the Earth is flat or humans were created by aliens.

If you don’t believe me, just read these two wonderfully information and interesting books: The Greatest Show on Earth… 

… and Why Evolution is True.

In Portugal (there’s where I am), we have no problem accepting Evolution — and we are still a deeply religious country. We find it incredible that people still have a problem with this explanatory model, which is almost self-evident once you understand it.

For example, this blogger asks “If Evolution is True Why Can’t I Believe It”, as if his acceptance of evolution had any bearing on the truth of it. Well, Evolution will be true or false regardless of what we think of it; in fact, God will exist or not regardless of what we believe. So, we should try to understand reality, not yell that something is unreal because I can’t believe in it. (By the way, people who don’t believe in Evolution do it because they have an emotional attachment to an older, worst explanation.)

Evolution is still, well, evolving, but, as usual with science, if there’s no certainty regarding a final version of the explanatory model called “Theory of Evolution”, there is certainty regarding the falsehood of Creationism. Science is humble and so has no certainties; but science is also a powerful error-detecting machine and Creationism is an error if ever there was one.

In fact, if you think this is a fight between different groups of scientists, you should understand that science didn’t start looking for some explanation to disprove Creationism. If Creationism was the best explanation around and conformed to evidence, scientists would be just as happy to accept is as they are happy to accept Evolution. In fact, there is a very strong consensus among scientists that Evolution is a very good framework to understand where we came from. It’s quite simple, really. (Just read those books and you’ll see what I mean!)

Scientists are not the Devil. They are truth-seekers and they may be wrong, but they didn’t decide beforehand on what to believe. they research, discuss, apply a very good method and change their minds if needed…

(By the way, don’t try to argue with me, argue with those books. I’m just proposing books, not explaining Evolution.)

ADDENDUM

A good video about this that I’m still watching:

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5 thoughts on “If you think Evolution is false, read these books

  1. I agree with your point that Darwin’s theory is very easy to accept once you understand it. And it is interesting that you are in Portugal where Darwin is accepted and people are religious at the same time. I know that Buddhism in another religious tradition that is also comfortable with evolution.

  2. God Caused Order

    Ordered systems or structures do not happen spontaneously. We never observe orderliness occurring by accident, without an intelligent cause to direct the order. No amount of power or energy is enough to bring order out of chaos. Try shooting a wristwatch with a bullet; the watch’s order does not increase! (The only order in a watch is that which the watchmaker intelligently puts into it at the beginning.)
    Likewise, if we drop a plain glass bottle of spoiled milk on bricks, it quite naturally shatters into a more disorderly arrangement: chaotic glass fragments mixed with spilt spoiled milk. It could never reform itself into a more exquisitely- sculpted glass container containing fresh milk!

    The mere addition of “lots of energy” is not enough, either. A tired human eats to gain food energy, but eating hot coals is not an adequate energy source, because it fails to match and cooperate with the orderly design of human digestive systems.

    Everyday experiences, such as broken watches and spilled milk, remind us that order does not happen by itself. In fact, our entire universe teaches us that same truth. The earth’s rotation, the moon
    cycle, and the changing seasons are just a few of the ordered processes observable in nature. These processes don’t happen randomly but are divinely caused by God.
    God is the Author and Organizer of
    orderliness. His design and construction of our own bodies, through the complexity of biogenesis, is a proper reason for
    glorifying and thanking Him for making us.

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