HELEN A re-run on some of this. I have received a couple of emails recently from folk here on this board about theistic evolution. One simply said in passing that this was what he had been taught and he had never questioned it, and the other asking me more directly why it was wrong. Very briefly, here is a response: 1. Theistic evolution means there was death before sin. 2. Theistic evolution means God considered this death and the involved predation and bloodshed to be ‘very good.’ 3. Theistic evolution means that our bodies were not created directly by God as Genesis tells us, but were co-opted from animals and just changed a little for us. 4. Theistic evolution means that man is limiting God to the beginning of creation only and demands that He set it all up to run on its own after that. That is not the message of Genesis. 5. Theistic evolution favors man’s word over God’s word, even when the massive changes evolution requires are biologically impossible. 6. Theistic evolution denies that life forms were created by initial populations referred to as ‘kinds’ in the first chapter of Genesis. 7. Theistic evolution denies the reality of evening and morning as markers in Genesis 1 for 24-hour days by claiming that these days were, in reality, ‘eras.’ Evolution itself ‘stands’ on four legs: time, chance, mutations, and natural selection. Theistic evolution removes only chance, and claims God directed the mutations and natural selection through time. Time: it is said that it took about 1 billion years for the first unicellular organism to become a multicellular organism with differentiated cells. The generation time for unicellular organisms (time from origin of a cell to it’s splitting or budding to produce a daughter cell) is usually no more than an hour. E.coli only needs 20 minutes. One billion years’ worth of hours means it would require far more time than evolution has to get from a fish to a man, for instance, when we are dealing with generation times of months to years. Evolution, even playing by its own rules, does not have a fraction of the time it would need for the diversification of life here on earth. Mutations: mutations are always variations in something that already works. Thus, most mutations which are expressed are negative, harming the organism. Because there is not a one-to-one gene-to-trait relationship there is another problem that arises. Most traits are the result of interactions among genes and their timing of expression. Thus, like a finely made watch, one part can be taken out with devastating effects on the works. However, also like a finely made watch, one cannot simply add a spring or gear here or there and expect it to continue running, let alone run more efficiently. So here is the problem: if you add, at random, more amino acids, or even another full protein (and there is no known way for a cell to manufacture a brand new protein), or even something as tiny as a few more ‘rungs’ in the DNA someplace, you have interrupted a mechanism which is integrated into itself with a massive amount of interconnecting relationships. This new material must somehow be integrated into this cell without disturbing the function, it must have proper timing devices relative to the rest of the cell, and the rest of the cell must know what to do with it! Mutations, in other words, don’t do what evolutionists need them to do. They do not build on one another to produce something new in form or function – they simply disturb what the original is. The one exception to this is with the unicellular organisms which have what are known as ‘hot spots’ which are designed to mutate in a back and forth fashion to give variety to the type of organism, allowing it to adjust to different environments. There are also hot spots in the DNA of higher animals, in this case including humans. In fact, work by Dr. Dave DeWitt at Liberty University and his graduate students has shown that when the hot spot mutation areas are taken out of both samples of DNA, we are almost exactly the same as Neandertals! And remember, hot spot mutations go back and forth, they are not directional. Natural Selection: natural selection deletes segments of a population for one reason or another. What is left is a reduced population with a reduced gene pool to draw from for future variations. The final result of this is something referred to as ‘over speciation’ or a ‘fitness peak.’ We often call them endangered species. They are so exactly oriented to their specific environments via natural selection taking everything else away from them through time that they cannot live anywhere else. Or perhaps, they lose their ‘identity’ as an individual species by breeding back into a larger compatible population. An example of the first is the spotted owl of the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. And example of the second is the snowy leopard, which would be quite happy to breed with other leopards if allowed. Thus, in short, evolution does not work the way we have been told and theistic evolution adds to the problem by blaming it on God and still denying the Bible, which is His Word.