Are your spiritual
beliefs troubled by Darwinism? Are you bothered by
the theory of evolution, a theory many believe to
be fact? I just finished a wonderful book entitled
"Darwin's God" by Cornelius G. Hunter that
could help set your mind at ease.
Hunter is a biophysicist
with an interesting way of looking at Darwin's theory.
In his thoroughly researched and scholarly written
book, he argues that all evolutionists, from Darwin
himself down to his modern apologists, are heavily
influenced by their metaphysical concept of God. In
this instance, a very Victorian, Protestant concept
of God. In many cases, their "proofs" of
the theory of evolution are nothing more than the
concept that "God wouldn't do it this way."
While Hunter doesn't present his idea of how life
developed on this planet, he does show that there
are other belief options out there. To get all the
details, I recommend you read the book yourself.
Here's my take
on the subject of Creation. (Note: My "take"
is influenced by my Mormon upbringing as well as the
ideas of the author Michael Newton.) Did God create
the world in seven days? No. Is God (or Allah, Vishnu,
the Great Spirit, the Goddess, whatever you call him/her)
the moving force behind life and the universe? Yes.
Did/does God have help? Yes. Who are the helpers?
Souls just like you and me. Probably souls that are
further along in their advancement than we are, but
In between our
incarnations in the physical world, on this and other
planets, we continue our training in the spiritual
realms. Part of this training includes creating things.
All things are created spiritually before they are
created physically. The most complex things we create
are living things. We experiment in the spiritual
world with our spiritual creations, and at some point,
when our skills are great enough, our creations are
transferred into physical reality.
is full of planets in various stages of development.
Souls assist God in the on-going creation of the universe,
from organizing planets to creating life-forms to
populate them. We may start with something "easy",
perhaps inanimate, like a rock or something. Then
progress to creating a flower, or even a cockroach.
These skills take ages to develop, perhaps even hundreds
of thousands of Earth years, but luckily, we have
all eternity. Again, you or I may not posess these
skill sets yet, but we're working on them. Once we
perfect our spiritual creation skills, we assist in
the creation of physical worlds.
Obviously we have
to work within certain parameters. Life forms are
developed for each planet based on the characteristics
of that planet. For example: gravity, atmosphere,
resources available, temperature, etc., all play a
role in what can be created and survive on a particular
planet. Think for a moment of all the types and varieties
of life on this planet alone, from exotic fish surviving
in the depths of the oceans to majestic birds soaring
skyward. Then multiply that by the thousands of life
supporting planets throughout the universe, and imagine
all the possibilities.
Worlds and ecosystems
are created to operate as autonomously as possible,
but they may require a "nudge" from God.
For thousands or even millions of years, life would
seem to evolve and progress naturally. At certain
periods however, corrections may need to be made.
Wouldn't this explain the catastrophic elements in
the fossil record, where many life forms appear and
disappear almost overnight (in geologic terms)?
The goal of creation
is to produce a world capable of supporting life-forms
well developed enough to house our souls. On this
planet, such life-forms are humans. (Not cows, cats,
dogs, or mosquitoes, just humans.) On another planet,
the higher life forms may be different. By entering
a physical body, our souls can experience and learn
from the physical world. These physical "lessons",
be they pleasurable or painful, are a necessary part
of our overall soul growth.
many lifetimes, we reach the point where physical
incarnations are no longer required for growth, but
even then, we continue our spiritual progression,
until ultimately, we become one with God. I believe
the creation and growth will never cease however,
as new souls are organized and begin their growth
Whew! We covered
a lot of metaphysical ground there! At least I admit
to my metaphysical underpinnings, unlike the Darwinists.
Darwin was a negative
person, he focused on explaining the "evils"
of creation. Why are there parasites that eat the
flesh of living animals? Much like St. Augustine was
a negative person, who believed the idea of reincarnation
was a "revolting opinion" that souls be
required to "return again to that burden of corrupt
flesh to pay the penalty of torment." My beliefs
spring from a more positive outlook on life and creation.
I hope my rambling
opinion makes some sense to you, dear reader. I'm
not asking that you agree with it wholeheartedly.
I'm simply asking that you consider the ideas. Think
about other possibilities. Study, meditate, pray and
use inspiration to develop your own beliefs, instead
of blindly accepting those the evolutionists, or the
fundamentalist creationists promulgate. God bless