A pastor in Colorado recently posted the above image on his Facebook page and made the following comment:
This snowflake was photographed in Russia. Is this not a most amazing picture? Let’s see, this is either the result of evolution or a Divine Architect. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……………….What do you think?
Well, since he asked, here’s my retort:
Why are there no in-between options? Why couldn’t God have used evolution as the method of creation? The cosmos and earth have obviously changed a great deal over the past 13.7 billion years (once there were only hydrogen atoms, now there are stars; once there were dinosaurs, now there are not; once there were no humans, now there are, etc.).
Crystals don’t just jump into existence out of nowhere. Each one has a history and obeys physical law. Crystal formation, like the cosmos as a whole, follows simple principles that lead to complexity over time, and that’s the same idea in biology (from a simple principle, natural selection, complex systems evolve).
It still seems pretty darn miraculous that simple laws (in physics, chemistry, and biology) bring about complexity over time. If it’s not a miracle, it will do till the miracle gets here. And all the evidence of science converges on an old and changing cosmos. So if you give evolution to atheism, you’re basically telling religious believers to reject mainstream science. But my response is: Even an architect builds her structures in time; they don’t just appear as rabbits out of a hat. If God exists and is an architect, She is an architect in history, in time. And that means that maybe science over the past 150 years has simply discovered God’s methods of creation and you’ve got God in a box of your own making.