Evolutionists believe we the humans are a creation of evolution. Yes, we are – that is not a question in a dispute between evolutionists and Religion.
Everything in our world (the God’s or Cosmic world depending on one’ beliefs) is in the process of evolution after it is created. Plants, animals, birds, earth, everything else were in the process of evolution after all distinct species were created including us the humans. Evolution created a great variety of birds, dogs, cats, monkeys, fruits, grains and everything else we the humans are enjoying and utilizing, as well as a great variety of us the humans such as blacks and whites, Frenchmen and Chinese, chubby and skinny, etc.
Thus the question is not if we the humans are the product of evolution but rather when we the humans were created and began our evolution. To answer this question we have to define the humans, and here, on this crucial issue, evolutionists and Religion fundamentally differ.
Evolutionists define the humans by the bones, scalps and primitive tools while Religion defines the humans by intellect although Religion is using other words to describe the intellect.
The defined age of the bones and scalps which are of the shape close to the shape of the modern human is considered by evolutionists to be the age of the humans while Religion defines the age of the humans as it is indicated in the Bible when the intellect was implanted in a living species.
A number of distinguished physical features which – in the opinion of evolutionists – are characteristics of modern humans such as large scalp, relatively lightly built skeleton adapted to walking on two legs, skull with a short base and a high braincase, small or absent brow ridge, and chin on the lower jaw are defining the humans in the mind of evolutionists.
Based on the shapes of the unearthed bones and scalps, evolutionists define various “human” species. Thus they have for example Homo Erectus two million years old, Homo Heidelbergensis half-million years old and Homo Sapiens just a few dozen thousand years old.
In addition to the bones and scalps, evolutionists define the humans by primitive tools that were found together with the bones and scalps as it is done for example in the post here at TOI entitled “Humans may first have learned to harness fire in Israel 350,000 years ago” – see at https://www.timesofisrael.com/humans-learned-to-harness-fire-in-israel-350000-years-ago-new-study-says/#ixzz3LnNreaEv
The post says:
“An examination of flints from the Tabun Cave, a rich site located 24 kilometers (15 miles) south of Haifa with evidence of half a million years of human habitation, helped pinpoint the date that humans mastered the use of fire, the research claims.”
But why human habitation? Rather it is just habitation of some living species since there is no any sign that those species had any intellect.
Indeed, there are no proofs – even hypothetical – that those bones and scalps which even mastered the use of fire were a home for any intellect. The unearthed bones and scalps, together with primitive tools, have indeed proved the evolution but the evolution of … bones and scalps, and primitive tools – not the evolution of something with the intellect that is the humans.
The intellect after it was implanted into some body makes this body a human one, and the implanted intellect begins its own evolution as the evolution of the humans. Thus the evolution of the humans had begun after the humans were created, and the humans were created when the intellect was implanted into a non-human body to which the unearthed bones and scalps may belong.
The intellect is defined as the power or faculty of the mind by which one knows or understands, as distinguished from that by which one feels and that by which one wills; the faculty of thinking and acquiring knowledge. The principle distinguishing characteristic of the intellect is the ability to uncover the existing invisible and to build the imagined future.
There is only one source of information on when the intellect was implanted into some body and this source is the Torah. Some of us the humans may not trust this source but there are no other competing sources with information on when and how the intellect was implanted into some body. The Torah says that 5775 years ago the following happened:
“God said: Let us make man in our image, as our likeness, and let them (him) have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the animals and over the land and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. And God created man in His image; in the image of God He created him, Male and female He created them. And God blessed them and God said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and conquer it.”
Judeo-Christian world defines God as the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority. The intellect is a must for any creative work including the creation of moral (spiritual) order. That means that God is the intellect independently of any of his images an individual human may believe in (from the human-like Supreme Being to the Nature). If we the humans were created in the image and likeness of something with the intellect, the intellect becomes the fundamental distinguishing feature of us the humans – not our bones and scalps. Therefore, we the humans were created less than six millenniums ago. And since then, we are in the process of evolution as the humans. Thus 5775 years ago we the humans joined the multi-million-year evolution of our bones and scalps.
Many people are skeptical of all information presented in the Torah/Bible. However, until they support their skepticism by facts, we have only one way to define the age of the intellect and the age of as the humans and this way is the Biblical one.