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Can sin save the Creator?

My last post about AJ Castellitto’s column attacking evolution has drawn the attention of the author himself, in the comments. In my reply, I pointed out the fact that, by denying evolution, creationists are accusing God of failing to come up with any idea as good as Darwin’s. The Genesis design won’t let species improve and makes it impossible for new species to emerge, which means that sooner or later, as environmental conditions change, all of God’s creatures are going to go extinct under conditions where evolution would have allowed life to continue. Rather a shabby bit of work for an “intelligent” Designer!

AJ’s “rebuttal” (as expected) was to try and blame extinction on sin.

Creation is dying – the effects of sin…. Completely consistent with the Biblical rendering of reality…. You needed 3 paragraphs to spew nonsense & propaganda?

Evolution is on trial here not God

But is sin enough to save God from the mediocrity and failure that creationism consigns Him to?

The problem, remember, isn’t just that species go extinct. According to creationists like AJ, God’s design for creation never did include any mechanism that would allow species to innovate, improve, and generate new species. God’s design explicitly locks down each species to a fixed and narrow range of variations, always and forever, even before the Fall. That’s a bad design. The best it can do is delay the inevitable ultimate breakdown. It can never achieve the power and versatility of an evolutionary system.

Remember, too, that God’s plan of salvation (as the story goes) is supposed to be something He came up with before He even started creating the world. That means He knew before He started that His creation was going to be corrupted by sin—and He still had to wait for the genius of a man like Darwin (a seminary drop-out) to show Him how He could have designed a much more robust and versatile system that was equipped and ready to deal effectively with the detrimental effects of entropy.

Meanwhile, AJ tells us God is not on trial, yet it is AJ himself who is accusing God of failing to figure out how to overcome “probability, entropy & the futility of mutations.” Perhaps he does not intend to, but he really has no choice. There’s only one real world out there, and if he’s going to claim both that God created the world, and that the world has all these deficiencies that keep it from having awesome evolutionary powers, then he’s got to say that God’s design for life on earth is deficient, needlessly fragile, and inferior to Darwin’s idea. And then he has to claim that this flawed and inferior implementation is what God, in His ignorance, believed was “very good.”

The problem with Genesis, and the problem that evolution exposes, is that Genesis is a myth invented by superstitious and ignorant people who understood very little about how the world really works. We can imagine mythical gods we label as “all-wise” and “all-powerful,” but we can’t invent myths that contain information we ourselves do not possess. The reason the Genesis account lacks any mention of any kind of evolutionary abilities is because the people who invented the myth knew nothing about evolution, and therefore the God they imagined was unable to include it in His “creation.” And not even sin can save Him from being exposed as a fairy tale.