I am continuing my reading of The Greatest
Chapter 2 covers common ground between evolutionists and Creationists - natural selection, if I may use that term. What I mean is the gene pool. Last Saturday, just before leaving for a church sponsored service project, I put my baseball hat on, glanced at the mirror, and saw my dad instead of me. That kind of gene pool thing.
We creationists know that a species, or a "kind" from Genesis, adapts. Noah's sons went their separate ways after the flood, and here we are, given a boost by God after the Tower of Babel. Today's image bearer's namely humans, are somewhat different from our original created form, but we are still humans, bearing the image of God. Unfortunately, some of the changes include a choice to sin, leading in corruption, leading to decay, leading to death. Someday, in the future, we will change: Because God Himself invaded time in space in human form a as Jesus, lived the perfect life we could never live, took the death we deserved, someday we who trust in the person and work of Jesus will have resurrected bodies.
Dawkins uses the examples of dogs, cabbages, and cows. Anyone who breeds dogs performs "unnatural" selection (intentionally breeding for desired outcomes). But they are still dogs. So both evolutionists and creationists agree in natural selection, a "shuffling" of the "deck" of genetic "cards". But: I have a feeling Dawkins is trying to lull his readers into a quantum leap of faith:
But when there is a systematic increase or decrease in the frequency with which we see a particular gene in a gene pool, that is precisely and exactly what is meant by evolution. The question therefore becomes: why should there be a systematic increase or decrease in a gene's frequency? That of course is where things start to get interesting, and we shall come to it in due course. (Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth, page 33)
I'm on the lookout. Dawkins also briefly mentions "mutations" in this chapter. No doubt he's trying to use this observation to convince me that if I looked into enough mirrors, past my dad, past my grandfather, and past enough grandfathers, I'd see whatever common ancestor we and the primates have. Instead, I look into the mirror of Scripture and see my Father who is in heaven.