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One Serious Scientist Who Doubts Evolution

You get up in the morning and go to work or school. But everywhere around you screams “there is no ultimate reason” to do so.

The universe began in some random explosion, from the quantum fluctuation of nothing, some Big Bang we are told.  Over billions of years stars formed and exploded building the elements (C, N, O etc) that all plants and animals are made from, we are told. We are just reorganized star dust, they say.

It is said that man is just the product of millions, even billions, of years of evolution, the most recent stage in some unguided evolutionary process.  Finally man evolved from some past ape-like ancestors several million years ago, so we are told.

“There is no doubt now; no serious scientist has any doubt that evolution is a fact, in the sense that we are cousins of chimpanzees, monkeys and wombats and cassowaries.”

(Richard Dawkins, Oxford Univ., COSMOS magazine interview 23/5/2012)

Once mankind believed a God of Love created the universe and put the first man and woman in a perfect beautiful Garden where there was no death or anything that would hurt or destroy.


In the Garden of Eden, all animals were vegetarians and Adam and Eve, his wife, just picked the fruit from the trees for food. It was a Paradise.

But for the past 150 years we have been told that man evolved, he was not created by God, and that death is a natural part of life. It is ‘survival of the fittest.’  That means ‘strong over the weak’ is really all that counts.

Prof. Richard Dawkins says

“…we live in a universe which has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference…”

(Dawkins, R., River out of Eden, Weidenfeld and Nicolswi, Chapter 4, 1995.)

But the Bible tells a different story: “God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited.”  (Isaiah 45:18)  God “… hangs the earth upon nothing.” (Job 26:7)

If God is in control, He has a plan and purpose and a design not only for the planet but also for your life. It really depends on who sets the Rules? If you believe you evolved from some past ape-like ancestor, then you can decide what the Rules are yourself and there are no ultimate meanings. But that would be a lie. God sets the Rules, not man. He has a plan and purpose for you.

Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the beautiful Garden and God cursed the world as a result. This is when death first entered the world. Because we are all descended from Adam we inherited our sin nature from him, which always tends to rebellion against God, and hence we will all die. But there’s more, so read on.

Here is one serious scientist who doubts evolution — what we can call molecules to man evolution. No doubt plants and animals change, we see the changes, but those changes are not turning microbes into microbiologists. There is a big difference. The difference is information, specific coded information like we find written in our DNA. It can only arise from the Intelligent Mind never by blind random chance.

I once believed in the Big Bang and evolution. I was taught this in high school and took those beliefs with me into university. I was an atheist at that time. In university I studied physics, and had a particular interest in astronomy and cosmology. I wanted to know how the universe started and where we came from. I asked Christians at my university but they could not answer those types of questions. They always said “just believe.” But that made no sense to me.

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

The universe must be understandable and I later discovered that it is. But the understanding did not come from science. It came from revelation, revelation in my heart and soul.

I am now a professor of physics at a leading university in Australia. I have done a lot of research on physics, astrophysics and cosmology but none of that work gave me the answer. Only by seeing the universe through the lens of God’s Word, the Bible, could I make sense of the world and the universe around me.


“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Not the Big Bang but the Creator God, whose Hebrew name ‘Yahweh’ means the ‘self existent One’—never created, but always existed.

Creation was only about 6 thousand years ago. God created the whole universe in 6 ordinary days and rested the seventh day. I see no contradiction in all I’ve studied and taught in university to this simple truth. It is because we have no access to the past that one cannot make a measurement on the past. Professional scientists know this.

That barrier to knowledge, some argue, is cosmology’s Achilles’ heel. ‘Cosmology may look like a science, but it isn’t a science,’ says James Gunn of Princeton University, co-founder of the Sloan survey. ‘A basic tenet of science is that you can do repeatable experiments, and you can’t do that in cosmology.’*  [emphasis added]

‘The goal of physics is to understand the basic dynamics of the universe,’ [Michael] Turner says. ‘Cosmology is a little different. The goal is to reconstruct the history of the universe.’ Cosmology is more akin to evolutionary biology or geology, he says, in which researchers must simply accept some facts as given.* [emphasis added] (*Cho, A., A singular conundrum: How odd is our universe?, Science 317: 1848–1850, 2007.)

Galaxy cluster
Galaxy cluster

The professional scientist does not know the answers to the fundamental questions. He must believe by faith himself.  Science cannot provide the answers.

God created man in his own image, ...” (Genesis 1:27).  Not evolution, over billions of years, with plants, animals and man evolving from pond scum.

All people on Earth are descended from Adam. In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve sinned against God and so God cursed them and the whole universe.

“…sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

All deserve death “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) but Jesus Christ fully paid the penalty on the Cross—as only a Holy God could—for those who repent of their sins.

Jesus died for our sins by substitution for those who trust in Him. Will you? Or will you rebel and choose what the devil offers?


There is none righteous. No one is good enough to attain to Heaven on his or her own efforts.

For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12,13)

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By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

3 replies on “One Serious Scientist Who Doubts Evolution”

One serious non-scientist that doubts evolution: me. 🙂
Thank you Dr Hartnett. Your book Starlight, Time and New Physics was great, even though I got a little lost in the appendices . 🙂
I’m glad that you’ve got your own site, much like Dr Tasman Walker has concerning Geology.
Keep up the great work!


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