In this tenth and final part of our series, The Christian and Evolution, we will look at the tenth danger attributed to theistic evolution in the article, 10 dangers of theistic evolution by Werner Gitt. That is, that it misses the purpose.
Does Theistic Evolution miss the purpose?
Here is their argument quoted directly from the article.
In no other historical book do we find so many and such valuable statements of purpose for man, as in the Bible. For example:
- Man is God’s purpose in creation (Genesis 1:27-28).
- Man is the purpose of God’s plan of redemption (Isaiah 53:5).
- Man is the purpose of the mission of God’s Son (1 John 4:9).
- We are the purpose of God’s inheritance (Titus 3:7).
- Heaven is our destination (1 Peter 1:4).
However, the very thought of purposefulness is anathema to evolutionists. ‘Evolutionary adaptations never follow a purposeful program, they thus cannot be regarded as teleonomical.’ Thus a belief system such as theistic evolution that marries purposefulness with non-purposefulness is a contradiction in terms.
The claim is that evolution misses the purpose. But the whole of science can not talk about purpose at all. It is silent on matters of meaning and purpose. Sure, some would like to suggest that it gives evidence for certain conclusions of meaning and purpose (that there is none), but others take the same evidence and suggest that it demonstrates completely opposite conclusions (there is meaning and purpose). Science in and of itself is silent on the matter. Therefore the theory of evolution is as well.
Some argue that evolution itself is not teleological, that is, it has no end. But science itself can not demonstrate this. They can show that purely natural explanations occur, and that nature has no end. But they can not demonstrate that God is or is not behind nature, using its very laws for his ends. Theistic evolution makes the claim that God is in fact behind nature, using its laws for his own purposes. Since the theory of evolution (and all of science) is silent on purpose, it is up to other metaphysical commitments to decide that matter for each individual.
Summing it Up
Science is silent on matters of purpose and meaning, no matter what some might suggest. Theistic evolution can agree with all the points made in this argument. The theory of evolution itself does not contradict them. Some might suggest that man alone is not the entirety of God’s purposes for theological reasons, but that has nothing to do with the theory of evolution.