Editor’s note: In a break from our last couple testimonies, we hear from an individual who was submersed in an young-earth creationist worldview, but chose to keep his Christian faith even after learning of the untruths he had been indoctrinated in.
We knew Luke Simpson was a man after our own heart after he told us of how he had been banned from Ken Ham’s Facebook page. That’s sort of a rite of passage for theistic evolutionists these days. Anyway, we hope you like his story.
When I first became a Christian, I struggled with evolution vs. creationism. A group of scientists from an Australian young-earth creationism organization known as Creation Ministries International came to a local church and put on a seminar. The feeling of reassurance hit me, so I converted to YEC without really thinking about it. It was less about the science and more because it seemed an easy scapegoat that would let me keep my faith and fend off doubt.
I started to apply the teachings of Answers in Genesis’ and CMI’s articles in conversations with evolutionists. But the more I studied their arguments or researched scientific articles in order to refute evolution, I would always come up with problems — especially with experiments disproving the claim “evolution can’t produce new genetic information.” I searched creationist websites for refutations of these valid experiments but found no results; the same was true with certain transitional fossils.
YEC proponents’ poor arguments and constant brainwashing, arrogant attitude and degrading of notable scientists just annoyed me so much that I wished to investigate the opposing position. I actually jumped back and forth for a little stage, because I was ridiculed and felt insecure even though I was beginning to understand that evolution was right. But I matured intellectually, following my brain objectively rather than my feelings.
I read Ken Miller’s book “Finding Darwin’s God” and, in the first chapter, it ripped through all the foundations holding my young-earth creationism beliefs together. By the end of the book, I was a convinced evolutionist and maintained my faith.
I went on later to read books by Richard Dawkins, Francis Collins, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Jay Gould and more, plus documentaries, and unlike the creationist arguments and worldview, it was consistent, rational and easily explained by the evidence available. And I found it fascinating.
Now, I have a massive grudge against the young-earth creationism viewpoint for making me think I can’t be a Christian if I accept evolution. But I should add that I still love and care for young-earthers; we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and I want to help them have a better understanding of our scientific origins.
I nearly became an agnostic, due to the criticism I faced, but I found people and churches who were more aware and accepting of evolution, and even embraced it themselves. I have now met many such Christians along the way, and it has encouraged me to keep trusting Jesus.
Evolution was once a stumbling block, but now it is an element of my faith that — for me — confirms God’s glory.
Luke Simpson, 20, lives in Sydney, Australia, and is studying science at the University of Western Sydney. He plans to major in geology.