Dr Michael Jarvis obtained a PhD from Cape Town University in 1971, with zoology as major subject. He has written 36 scientific papers in reviewed scientific journals and 58 in popular science publications. Full CV available from E-mail: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people are agnostics or atheists or have turned to other faiths, because of what they see in the most evident structures and actions of the Christian church down through the centuries. It is essential to face this issue and try to determine how Christianity arrived at this sad position.
The well known and respected South African theologian Desmond Tutu, formerly Anglican archbishop, has said, “In Africa we have something called ‘ubuntu’ in Nguni languages, or ‘botho’ in Sotho, which is difficult to translate into English. It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong.
I am assuming that you have accepted the very substantial scientific evidence that our Universe started out with an enormous explosion about 15 billion Earth years back. Since that time the billions of galaxies, each composed of billions of stars like our sun, are still moving outwards at enormous speeds.
To many millions of people, who have been raised in our scientific generation, an insistence that our earth is a mere 6000 years old is un-acceptable. In addition, when some Christians insist that this is the only possible understanding from biblical accounts, such a viewpoint often results in people concluding that the Bible must be wrong. This conclusion can result in them discarding the rest.
In scientific literature some scientists speak of micro-evolution as small changes within a species but not necessarily leading to formation of new species. Macro-evolution describes changes above the species level, resulting in formation of new species. However, some biologists lump all changes together and consider macro-evolution to be simply the result of micro-evolution.
In this article I will firstly look at some significant scientific evidence relating to the Bible documents. This is necessary since a discussion of Jesus Christ relies in large measure upon these written accounts.