As part of the DCHS curriculum, all seniors must take the school’s Apologetics course so they can “place absolute confidence in the Truth of scriptures” and “critically differentiate between the truth claims of other belief systems and the Truth of God’s Word.” Furthermore, the course description states, “Rather than prepare students to answer critics with simple responses and Bible verses, the approach in this course is to prepare students to engage in meaningful dialogue with non-Christians, ask thought-provoking questions, and expose flaws in other people’s worldview with gentleness and respect.” 

So it came as no surprise on Tuesday to walk by the Apologetics class and hear teacher Dr. Craig Taylor talking about Darwin and reciting passages from Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species.

“Basically, I was pointing out one of Darwin’s statements that reads, ‘if it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory (Darwin’s)  would absolutely break down,'” said Dr. Taylor. “He is referring to something known asirreducible complexity--the function of a complex biological system that is not possible if any of the system is removed; systems that could not have gradually evolved through a series of intermediary steps.”

Dr. Taylor went on to explain to his students that science has produced several examples of irreducible complexity, such as the light-sensing system in the eye, the transport system within the cell, the bacterial flagellum, and the blood clotting system.

“We can use Darwin to provide evidence of how his theory of macroevolution, adaptive changes accumulating to produce new species, breaks down,” continued Dr. Taylor.

To reinforce this argument, Dr. Taylor also shared with his students that Darwin also said, “Mere chance…alone would never account for so habitual and large an amount of difference as that between varieties of the same species and species of the same genus.” In other words, Darwin himself admitted that something else must account for all the diversity seen in nature.

“Perhaps, for the honest searcher after Truth, that something else is an Intelligent Designer. We can use Darwin to support the search for Truth and the belief in Intelligent Design,” Dr. Taylor said. “Darwin himself taught that we should consider all evidence and then make a judgment based on the evidence.”

Dr. Taylor concluded by asking his Apologetics students if they knew they could use Darwin to defend Intelligent Design at which one student exclaimed, “I do now!”