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Today's Creation Moment

Jul
26
Evolution – A Matter of Faith
John 1:3-4
"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
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Darwin Was No Geologist

Psalm 46:2
"Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."

Charles Darwin's ignorance of geology, a science he never studied, probably resulted in the biological errors he made in formulating his theory of biological evolution.

Crossing the River Santa Cruz at Comandante Luis Piedra Buena, ArgentinaAs he sailed on the Beagle to the Pacific, Charles Darwin read Charles Lyell's book, Principles of Geology. That book, of course, theorized that the Earth's geology was the result of the slow processes we see today working over millions of years. On the way to the Galapagos, he had a 16-day stopover in Argentina. He spent some of the time exploring the valley of the lower Santa Cruz River. He later wondered in his journal how the small and lazy Santa Cruz River could have carved the 300-foot-deep valley. But he allowed that Lyell's idea of long ages could solve that problem.

Later, at the Galapagos, he tried to explain plant and animal diversity based on those same long ages. Today, geologists believe that melting glaciers at the headwaters of the river formed a huge lake behind a natural dam. When that dam broke, the rushing lake water quickly cut a spillway that became the valley through which the Santa Cruz River gently flows today.

It appears as though Darwin's assumption that Lyell knew what he was talking about when he wrote of long geological ages influenced his biological interpretations.

Prayer: 
Lord, when I am intimidated by evolutionary challenges to the truth of Your Word, comfort me with Your promises. Amen.
Notes: 
Acts & Facts, 7/08, pp. 10-12, Steven A. Austin, "Red Rock Pass: Spillway of the Bonneville Flood." Photo: Crossing the River Santa Cruz at Comandante Luis Piedra Buena, Argentina. Courtesy of James Cadwell. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license.