Was Earth Designed for Us or Did We Evolve to Adapt?


by Hugh RossDecember 10, 2021

Question of the week: How can we show an evolutionist that Earth suits us best because Earth was designed to be compatible with us rather than the idea that we naturally evolved to become compatible with Earth?

My answer: I get asked this question nearly every time I speak on a university or college campus. Apparently, the hypothesis that humans became compatible or naturally evolved to adapt to Earth’s present conditions has become dogma in many university course offerings, more so in the social sciences than in the physical or life sciences. Consequently, I devoted an entire book to answering this question, Improbable Planet.1 Additional evidences that our supergalaxy cluster, our galaxy cluster, our galaxy group, our galaxy, the Local Bubble, the Local Fluff, the solar system, and the Sun, Moon, and Earth have been exquisitely prepared and designed for humans are presented in my next book, Designed to the Core.2

A very brief answer is that the Milky Way Galaxy, the solar system, and Earth were designed to be the ideal home for humanity and global human civilization millions and billions of years before humans showed up. More than 400 distinct features of Earth must be fine-tuned to make our existence and civilization possible.3 Even with all this exquisite fine-tuning the time window during which humans can exist in a civilized state is extremely narrow.4 It is no random accident that we happen to be here during this narrow time window when the resources we need to sustain global civilization are uniquely available.

The evidence for purposeful design for the specific benefit of human beings is especially compelling in the context of what is needed for billions of humans to be redeemed from sin and evil. Every component and every event in the universe, Earth, and Earth’s life plays some role in making redemption possible for billions of humans. 

Endnotes

  1. Hugh Ross, Improbable Planet (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2016).
  2. Hugh Ross, Designed to the Core (Covina, CA: RTB Press, 2022).
  3. Hugh Ross, “RTB Design Compendium (2009),” Reasons to Believe (November 16, 2010).
  4. Hugh Ross, Weathering Climate Change (Covina, CA: RTB Press, 2020), 167–186.

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About Will Myers

I am an "Intelligent Design" writer who has the Christian faith. Part of my background is that I have a degree in physics, and have been inducted into the National Physics Honor Society. Sigma Pi Sigma, for life. My interest has lead me into metaphysics, farther into Christianity. Optimum metaphysics becomes religion.
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