Origins - the enigma surrounding the beginning of life-the phenomenon of man's existence in the universe-is it all just some mysterious cosmic accident, the result of a lucky combination of the right chemicals thrown together by chance? Was it merely the capricious hand of fate organizing atoms and molecules into complex carbon-based living systems, the inevitable consequence of natural law given the right conditions?
Or was there an Intelligence that designed and created man and the universe for some grand purpose? These are issues that all cultures of the earth, ancient and modern, have grappled with for centuries. Hidden behind the veil of time, what clues might we find that could give us answers to some of these questions?
Palaeontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists and sociologists have ascended to the position formerly held by the scribe, the priest, and the storyteller as the modern interpreters of man's origin and destiny. In many cases they have propounded a naturalistic world view that contrasts sharply with the theistic view of creation by a Divine Being held by many Christians, Jews, Hindus and people of other faiths around the world. But are these modern views necessarily correct?
Is evolution really more scientific than creationism; do the true facts of science back up Darwin's theory more than they do the Bible? Does a religious outlook contrast with a scientific outlook on the origin of life? What has been the impact on our culture of the evolutionary theory that has dominated the media and societal elite for more than a century.?
In the following sections of this book we will investigate these issues. In order to facilitate this study, a concise compendium has been drawn up quoting from the works of various authors, many of them noted scientists highly regarded in their respective fields of endeavor, in an effort to find answers to these and other related topics in detail. As much as possible direct quotes from their works have been presented to the reader, interspersed throughout with some commentary to assist in smooth rendition of the material and to explain where deemed necessary technical language that may be unfamiliar to the ordinary reader. Some of the findings may challenge orthodox scholastic opinion with the traditionally accepted and preferred theories and dogmas, and thus the reader of this material, hopefully, will be stimulated to further independent research on his or her own. It is my earnest hope that this may furnish them with a useful tool in the understanding of human origins and that perhaps they will be led toward a fuller, more productive appreciation of man's role to play in the grand drama of our existence.
James M. Foard 10/7/95