The evolutionist is locked into an intellectual box from which there is no rescue. Evolutionary theory is naturalistic by necessity — everything must be explained in purely naturalistic terms. Only nature can explain nature, and there is no other source of meaning or truth. Thus, in the end the theory of evolution — and the theory of evolution alone — must explain everything about humanity.
So says Dr. Al Mohler in his blog post: “The End of Evolution?” Is it possible we’re moving into a post-evolution scientific era? Geneticist Steve Jones at University College London seems to think so. At least where it involves human evolution. Mohler references a recent lecture by Jones:
Speaking on his chosen topic, “Evolution is Over,” Jones argued that human evolution has reached an end because of changes in human health and human behavior.
Jones argues that human evolution is at a standstill because one of the crucial engines of evolutionary change, genetic mutation, is stalled. Jones explained that evolution moves forward by natural selection, mutation, and random change. Mutation is stalled, at least in part, because fewer older men are having babies.
Basically, reproduction and human behavior are failing to follow evolutionary patterns. (I’ve always wondered why humans haven’t evolved into something better by now.) Mohler suggests that Jones’s observations point to a larger lesson about the “inherent limitations of the evolutionary worldview.” He writes:
Evolutionary theory cannot possibly explain the totality of human experience, much less the reality of human origins. Evolutionists — if consistent — believe that every human experience, every emotion, every physical attribute, every hope, and every fear is simply a feature developed by means of natural selection.
That’s a cold theory, and it just doesn’t make sense to the vast majority of Americans — and it shouldn’t. The Christian worldview offers a far more satisfying, true, and understandable account of human origins and human existence.
Ultimately science does not operate free of human experience. Eventually the two intersect. And sometimes the result is a step in the right direction.