“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;”
It has always been my contention, in the sermons and presentations which I give, that talk about human evolution can be dangerous. Why so?
The first problem in the discussion is the equivocal way in which evolutionists use the term evolution. In a linguistic sense, it can simply mean change. So, it could be noted that characteristics of one population of humans has changed over time. This could be described linguistically as evolution. But it is not biological evolution. To a biologist, Darwinian evolution must involve mutations which produce new and better genetic information, which, over time and natural selection, will improve the population. Such novel genetic information is not, in practice, actually seen, but this does not seem to stop biologists referring to the evolution of human beings in an unfortunate manner.
Evolutionary articles are wont to describe changes in skin pigmentation as evolution. Describing such changes as “evolution” can be risky because it can easily lead to discussion of which skin pigmentation is “better” and more highly evolved. One can see how such discussion can lead to racist conclusions.
Such problems do not exist in a biblical context, where we see, as a foundation to anthropology, that all human beings are descended from one man, Adam, and are therefore of one race. So the different levels of pigmentation that God has given to us can be seen as glorious and reasons to praise Him for His goodness.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that every human I meet is descended from the man that You created. Therefore, we are related and can be redeemed by the one Redeemer, the Last Adam, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Skin Color and Natural Selection, < https://answersingenesis.org/natural-selection/skin-color-natural-selection/ >, accessed 7/29/2020. Image: Shutterstock, licensed to author.
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