Why Do Intelligent People Believe Evolutionism?

by Dennis Petersen

I have often had well-meaning Christians ask me how some unbelievers can hold on so stubbornly to their evolutionist theories in support of their unbelief.  When they are faced with the challenges that there really are no genuine evidences to validate evolutionism, why do so many intelligent people stick to it? That’s a good question.

Dealing With A Perennial Problem

Is it possible that such a vacuous fable as evolutionism is maintained by intellectual pride merely because of the academic world’s popular rejection of the Creator and the necessity of moral restraint that is so obviously clear in nature itself?  To sustain widespread aggressive support for a deception as empty as evolutionism, there has to be an underlying philosophical agenda by those in positions of academic power.  This seems clearer when we witness their strident intimidation of faithful Christians and their sometimes-slanderous measures to malign those who steadfastly resist the hollow idea of evolutionism and reveal the bankrupt speculation for what it really is.

Establishing a baseline of understanding among Christian thinkers

Some intellectual scientific types insist that to be true to science we can never arrive at the discovery of absolute truth.  After all, science, they say, must always be open to new discoveries; capable of overturning previously held theories and interpretations of raw information.  Herein lies the fundamental problem with what could be called “scientism.”

For the Christian, insightful spiritual discernment would have us realize why those without new life in Christ can never make sense of something so profound as truth.  The person who lives in natural (carnal) thinking is not capable of understanding the spiritual truths of God (1 Cor. 2:14).  Truth demands letting go of pride plus true repentance.  Remember that it is natural for the “gentile” mind to be darkened in their understanding when they are excluded from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18). Why does God invite us to “come and reason together” with Him (Isaiah 1:18)?  Is it possible that evidence is needed to enter our mind and stir our God-given conscience, so we can, at least, make a choice that moves us in the direction of the truth? This can only be possible when God gives them the gift of repentance (2 Timothy 2:25).

Jesus made it plain how anyone who wishes to discover the truth must do so.  In John 8:31 Jesus says “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  Notice He begins with a big “If.”  That qualifier is unavoidable; ye must be followers of Christ indeed!  Then, and only then, shall ye know the truth! …Which incidentally will set you free from the “futility of your mind” (Ephesians 4:17).  That futility is the place where every human is who has not embraced the free gift of Christ’s redemption.  And only through the Spirit of Christ who indwells all believers, can anyone be guided into the truth anyway (John 16:13).

Think about the gravity of this concept.  It may help us adjust our focus in the way we reason with people, be they believers or unbelievers.  I believe we need to recognize this principle well so we don’t linger in the frustration of trying to get unregenerate people to acknowledge the truth without first leading them to Christ.  Then the Holy Spirit can guide them in ALL the truth.  If Jesus truly meant what he said in the statement, “WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING,” then how important is it to personally know Him as our Lord before we can make sense of everything else in life?

For some help in the process of confronting the blockades that skeptics often raise, take a look at a short video that offers good answers:


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