by George McCready Price (1870-1963)
(This was ©1925 by Southern Publishing Assoc.)
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"The Predicament of Evolution" (1925) by George McCready Price is a very good, time-tested defense of creation theory. This book clearly shows that known science from the time of the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (also of 1925) did not at all support evolutionary contentions.
Science itself is inherently limited to those data that can be recognized, collected and reliably interpreted by human senses. Each human has been entrusted with a maximum of five (5) senses during this lifetime. Thus our science (in only rediscovering what has already been put into place from long ago; like gravity, electricity, DNA, etc.) is limited to potential understanding within those few dimensions of the universe that we can sense.
Chap. 1 - The Problem "... Evolution says that sin, suffering, and death are inevitable, a part of the very nature of things, something inherent in matter itself, ... Either matter is eternal, and contains within itself an inherent element of conflict or resistance to moral and spiritual good; or, if God made matter, He must have endowed it with this troublesome element of physical and moral evil, because of some wise purpose that we do not understand. ..."
Chap. 2 - Heredity and Variation "... Heredity is shown in all the various ways in which an animal or a plant is like its parent. Variation is illustrated in the ways in which it is unlike its parents or its ancestors. The two ideas are antagonistic; if variation had full sway there would be no stability of type; if heredity only prevailed there could be no evolution. In Darwin's day very little was known about either of these principles; but this ignorance of the real facts permitted Darwin to assume almost anything he wished regarding variation. ..."
Chap. 6 - Degeneration "... But it is a very remarkable and a very instructive fact that the fossiliferous strata do not contain any traces of these desert forms. If we judge the ancient world only by the plants and animals found in the stratified rocks, there were no deserts in existence, just as there were no extreme temperatures even in the arctic regions. ..."
Chap. 9 - Darwinism "... No one denies that in a somewhat mild way there is a competition for a good supply of food or other opportunities of existence. The Christian says that this is not the normal, but a wholly abnormal, condition among living things; but he adds that such a struggle could never explain any tendency toward advancement; for struggle for existence, hardship, and privation among animals and plants do not develop, they degrade, they tend to bring about degeneration of the type. The scientist adds that Darwinism 'may explain the survival of the fittest, but it can never explain the arrival of the fittest.' As for the inheritance of acquired characters, which Herbert Spencer pinned his faith to so tenaciously, it does not seem to happen. It seems to be a pseudo-scientific idea, like perpetual motion or spontaneous generation. ..."
Chap. 13 - Babylon the Great "The history of 'Modernism' is quite ancient. It is as old as speculative philosophy, as old as man's organized opposition to God's plan for saving men. . ... Christianity says that man in his natural state is at enmity with his Creator. He is not subject to the Creator's laws and rules, indeed he cannot be without a change of nature. This change of nature the Bible calls being born again. And Christ on a memorable occasion said, 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' That is, he cannot enjoy eternal life...."