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Theistic Evolution

Theistic evolution attempts to explain life origins by universal expansion 3 ½ billion years ago as a result of the Big Bang. The belief that evolution brought about life systems and the evolution of man from primates. This view interprets the Book of Genesis allegorically (no global flood). There is no special creation or design in the universe.

This belief became a popular compromise in the 19th century, which attacked Darwin’s natural selection. Nevertheless, naturalistic mechanisms such as Lamarckism were favored as being more compatible with purpose than natural selection.

In order to reconcile Lamarckism with the Bible, some theists took the general view that, instead of faith being in opposition to biological evolution, some or all classical religious teachings about Christian God and creation are compatible with evolution.

In general this views evolution as a tool used by God, to create life systems into being; it is therefore well accepted by people of strong theistic (as opposed to deistic) convictions. Theistic evolution also can blend with the Day-Age theory of the Genesis account; considering that the first chapters of Genesis should not be interpreted as a “literal” description, but rather as a literary framework or allegory.

From a theistic evolutionary viewpoint, the underlying laws of nature were designed by God and that the complexity of the entire physical universe evolved from fundamental particles in processes such as stellar evolution and the Big Bang, wherein life forms developed in biological evolution, and in the same way the origin of life by natural causes has resulted from these laws.

Theistic evolution can be described as a “creation theory” in holding that divine intervention brought about the origin of life or that divine Laws govern formation of species, though many Young-Earth creationists would deny that this position is creationism at all. In the creation-evolution debate its proponents generally take the “evolutionary” side. While supporting the methodological naturalism inherent in modern science, the proponents of theistic evolution reject the implication taken by some atheists that this gives credence to ontological materialism.

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It is generally recognized that the rocks have left us a record of human activity in the past. But in 1976, the finding of the Laetoli footprints in Africa literally put evolution back on the map. Mary Leaky discovered 70 human footprints in stone, some 3.7 million years old in tuff, in Tanzania known as the Laetoli tracks. But archaeologists have interpreted them the age to fit the social paradigm of human evolution.
They looked like they were made by modern human beings, but that created a problem. The depressions left by our ancestors were in a stratum dated at 3.7 million years. No modern human could have laid down that track since we were not around yet according to evolution.
Did humans evolve over millions of years through evolutionary change? Was life seeded from outer space by alien-like creatures with advanced technology? Or are we the product of special creation as outlined in Genesis?
Could these footprints in stone simply be as they appear – from a modern human? To the scientific community it’s unthinkable and unacceptable. Why? Because they would have to conclude that either modern man is much older than we have thought or that our dating techniques are faulty. Either way, there is a big problem for scientists. So, “interpretation” of evidence is an important tool that often comes to their rescue.

But this is not the last time that human fossil footprints have been found in ancient rock strata. Many track sites around the world point to a global phenomenon and continue to pose life’s four great questions (Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose here? Where am I going)? Evolution embodies the frustrations of questionable identity, uncertain past, meaningless present, and a hopeless future.
It is apparent that as more discoveries are made, they will continue to contradict the accepted evolutionary model. In fact, more recent conclusions by scientists show that the fossil evidence is devastating to the evolutionary model and negates the entire concept of uniformity and the evolution of man.

I have spent the last 15 years excavating and researching this phenomenon which began on the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas. I have interviewed on several occasions over the years the old-timers such as the late Emmitt McFall, who was born and raised in Glen Rose. He showed me personally where these giant human fossil footprints have been discovered and where others had been cut out in the 1930’s by the early researchers. I have also interviewed, the late Grover Gibbs who has co-authored the book, “Valley of the Giants”. He has also explored the region of the Paluxy River ever since he was a kid. Growing up he worked at the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Glen Rose. Occasionally, the young Grover gave tours to people who wanted to see the dinosaur tracks and human tracks.
In the late 60’s C.N. Doughtery (co-author of Valley of the Giants) moved to the Glen Rose area and began to research the tracks. In their book he explains that when asking the locals how big the human tracks were they would slowly spread their hands apart till about the 18-24 inch mark.

Could man once have been 12-18 feet tall?

Doughtery walked the river month after month waiting for the right conditions to spot these alleged goliath sized impressions. Two years later his efforts paid off and spotted not one but two giant men tracks. The prints measured 21 and one half inches long and 8 inches across the toes with a seven foot stride from heal to heal. A man with 22 inch feet and a 7-foot step would be approximately 12 foot tall!

But were these human tracks? Both Gibbs and Doughtery were convinced till their deaths.
If a footprint in stone does not appear to be made by a modern type human then it is not a problem for evolution. A footprint from an apelike creature in stone poses no problem. If the footprints around the world seem modern then they support Genesis. Were these footprints in ash and stone caught as the world heaved during the Flood? Is the fact that they are next to dinosaurs indicate we lived at the same time as the giant plants, insects and animals of the ancient world? The first several chapters of Genesis talk of man being giants. Goliath and the King of Bashan give us glimpses of these giants by placing them at approx. 10-12 feet tall.

Nevertheless, human fossil footprints present a huge problem and threat to the scientific community. Here’s why:

1.) If the tracks are millions of years old, why haven’t they eroded away millions of years ago? Running water over a print for 65 million years should have erased these prints so long ago. Since they were not eroded away, could it mean that they were placed down recently – perhaps only a few thousand years ago?
2.) Dinosaur tracks are found in the same limestone strata as the human fossil footprints. This indicates that dinosaurs and men lived at the same time and not 60 million years apart as evolution teaches!
3.) A human with a seven foot stride and 21 inch feet means that at least one 12 foot giant man lived at some point in prehistory.

What if the footprints are from a modern human?

The implications of the Paluxy river footprints are significant. Dinosaurs and giant human tracks in the same strata imply that:

A.) Evolution has to rewrite its theories and timelines so that humans and dinosaurs lived contemporaneously.
B.) Aliens seem less likely as an explanation for our existence.
C.) Greater confidence can be put in the book of Genesis, which states that God created all living things in 6 days.

Modern human footprints in stone agree with Genesis.

But this is only a brief introduction to this intriguing subject of human footprints in stone. If you would like to continue this study there is a good resource book on this entitled, “Evolution and Human Fossil Footprints”. You can get your copy today available at http://www.paluxydragon.webstore.com/