I was very impressed with the documentary, “Evolution vs. God”, produced by evangelist Ray Comfort. In this film Comfort interviews prominent evolutionary scientists from UCLA, USC and the University of Minnesota Morris, as well as students majoring in the sciences. He questions them about evolution, and asks some tough questions, and their responses become very thought provoking.
The thing I really appreciated the most was the way Comfort led them through a thought process toward God and Jesus Christ. He built on their answers and steered them in a logical direction in which Christ and salvation was the logical outcome.
The film began with a quote from Richard Dawkins: “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.” Dawkins intended this quote to denigrate Christianity and religion, while giving evolution the illusion of reason and intelligence. But Comfort turns the tables on him and demonstrates how evolution is built upon faith.
Those interviewed for the film admitted they were atheists and that there was no God. They came across as very certain that their reason for being an atheist was based on facts, evidence, science, logic, and that all scientists are in agreement over evolution.
Comfort defined the scientific method from Science Daily, which is “the collection of data through observation and experimentation.” He then asked if anyone could provide him with observable evidence that evolution is true- something he wouldn’t have to receive by faith. He was very careful in his explanation of what he was looking for. He wanted observable evidence for Darwinian evolution or a change in kinds, not adaptation or speciation. But time and again the only examples provided were examples of speciation and adaptation. No examples of Darwinian evolution were provided.
Evolutionists typically have a hard time answering these types of questions because they have a slippery definition and concept of what evolution is. The usual approach is to provide examples of speciation, adaptation and natural selection, identify them as examples of evolution, and then extrapolate that with the assumption that millions of years will produce new organisms with unique traits and functions. But even though they are unable to provide a single example of one organism evolving into another kind of organism, they believe that it’s a fact that evolution happens because we’ve been able to observe examples of speciation over the course of our lifetimes. But this is a bait-and-switch tactic. If the term evolution is properly defined, then examples of speciation, adaptation and natural selection should be excluded from the discussion. Otherwise it’s assumed that a change in the shape and size of a bird’s beak over time proves that an organism without feathers gave rise to birds with feathers (dinosaur to bird evolution). But this is unreasonable, and is a matter of faith because such a change has never been observed. There’s no reason to believe that the same process that determines superficial appearances in an organism, such as length and size, can create some unique trait that never existed in that organism’s ancestry, such as lungs from a lungless ancestor. We can’t assume lungs can evolve in an organism that never had lungs just because its ancestors varied in size, shape and color. Such assumptions are based on faith and not observational evidence.
It was very telling to watch those being interviewed struggle to provide real, observable examples of evolution.
Comfort asked PZ Myers, an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota Morris for an example of observable evidence that evolution is true, something he wouldn’t have to receive by faith, and Myers immediately began, “Sixty five million years ago…” And Comfort quickly explained that he wasn’t alive 65 million years ago, so we wouldn’t be able to observe what happened sixty five million years ago and that we’d have to accept such claims by faith. Myer’s example wouldn’t suffice as observable evidence for evolution.
Gail Kennedy, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, at one point admitted that evolution is not testable over time. I think she also had the best quote in the film, stating that “The problem with those who are unable to see evolution, I think it’s that they don’t have imaginations.” It’s humorous to think that one must have a good imagination in order to believe in evolution. But there’s some truth to that because evolutionists are very good at telling stories, hoping that if they’re clever enough, people will believe them.
After a while the professors and students were forced to admit that they’d need some amount of faith to believe in evolution, and that they don’t believe there’s any proof yet. Some admitted that they haven’t seen any evidence, and others admitted that they put their faith in the experts, similar to having faith in God. Finally some admitted that evolution was a belief built upon blind faith.
This really was an excellent film, and I’d encourage anyone to purchase a copy and watch it in its entirety. Ray Comfort and his ministry, Living Waters, is doing a fantastic job of evangelism and outreach through media productions such as this to impact people around the globe and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. They’re even providing free DVD copies to university students across the world. If you want to be part of this, please consider purchasing a copy, or donating to their cause. A link to their website is below, where you can order your copy. Currently the cost of the DVD is only $5.00.
If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think.