I have a favorite Charles Darwin quote. Whenever I share that quote in a PCC Update, one or two well-meaning Christians will confront me. They will be somewhat upset that I shared a Darwin quote, and say something like, “Darwin goes against everything you and I believe in as Christians. You should not endorse him in any way.” Last week I shared my favorite Charles Darwin quote and received a typical response.
This is how I answered that response:
This quote is 100% correct and does not disagree with anything you and I believe. My faith in God, the creator of the universe, is strong enough to not be affected by Darwin’s misguided theory on macro evolution. I’m sure your faith is just as strong.
Agriculture, however, has benefited greatly by Darwin’s scientific work on micro evolution. Never in a zillion years will a dog evolve into a cow. It is impossible for one species to evolve into a completely different species. There is, however, a tremendous amount of variation within the canine species and within the bovine species. This is a result of micro evolution.
Let’s say a herd of cows is moved from northern Europe to the tropics of Africa. That herd of cows will gradually change to fit its new environment. Some animals will die – but those that are adaptable to change will change and survive. That’s micro evolution. It has been going on ever since God created the universe. Micro evolution is a part of God’s original design. Pharo Cattle Company has been successfully utilizing micro evolution for over 30 years. As Darwin correctly stated, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
I really like this particular quote because it relates to man the same as it relates to all other animal species. The world around us is constantly changing. The present is different from the past and the future will be different from the present. For example, horses were replaced by tractors with internal combustion engines. Most of the farmers who were unwilling to adapt and change did not stay in business much longer. They sold the farm. Their descendants have jobs in the cities. Selling the farm had absolutely nothing to do with a lack of strength or a lack of intelligence. It had everything to do with an unwillingness to adapt and change.
As you and I know, there are some major changes taking place within the cow-calf sector of the beef industry. The old paradigm of increasing production per animal is being replaced by the paradigm of increasing production and profit per acre. These two paradigms are antagonistic toward one another. As production per animal increases, production and profit per acre decreases. With the cost of land, feed, fuel, labor and other inputs increasing, it is becoming more and more imperative that producers make a paradigm shift to continue to prosper in the cow-calf business. Those who cannot adapt and change will not survive. They will be forced to sell out and their children and grandchildren will be forced to get jobs in the city.
Darwin’s work on micro evolution has very few flaws. It has been studied and utilized by Christians and non-Christians alike for well over 100 years. We must be careful that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Quote Worth Re-Quoting –
“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ~ George Bernard Shaw