Evolution And Faith

Faith or Evolution BYU Studies are soliciting ABSTRACTS for a special issue on EVOLUTION AND FAITH, which will come out next year. (An abstract is a brief summery of research on a particular subject.)

Since BYU just installed a permanent display of the evolution of humankind in their Bean Museum and because  the theory of evolution is taught at BYU as the primary inception of mankind, a dear friend of mine suggested I submit an abstract for this special issue.  I have great respect for him. He taught for the Church Education System, was in the Stake Presidency with me, was a Mission President, and an executive secretary for a General Authority.  At his suggestion, I have prepared the following abstract.

My Expertise

Since I am not a biologist, how can I share anything meaningful about evolution?  We will see!  My expertise is precise timing – having helped with the development of GPS and official atomic time for the USA and the world.  I have witnessed a billion-fold improvement in the accuracy and stability of timekeeping, as the world moved from astronomical time to atomic time starting in 1967 with the redefinition of the “second” in terms of the Cs-133 hyperfine quantum transition.  It has been exciting to be part of this community.

My ORAL HISTORY has been recorded by the IEEE.1 (The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.) For this Abstract, I have applied my scientific background as a time metrologist to the theory of evolution.

The Theory of Organic Evolution

Every scientist knows a theory or hypothesis cannot be proven true.  Data consistency does not prove it true.  Data correlation does not provide validation.  But a theory or hypothesis can be proven false, if reliable falsification data exist.  This falsification standard is very powerful in determining the TRUTH, since it does provide proof of what is not true.  This gauge can be applied to Darwin’s theory of organic evolution.

The theory of organic evolution, as generally held in the world view, includes humans being evolved from lower forms of life. Contrary to what most people believe, there is no reliable data for cross-kinds of evolution.  However, it is an incontrovertible fact that organisms have changed or evolved  within a kind, which could be seen as God’s design in helping any kind adapt to its environment. (Genesis 1:21-25) For instance a bird evolves within its kind to better adapt to its surroundings, as Darwin observed with finches on the Galápagos Islands.

Most of the world believes Darwin’s theory of organic evolution to be true, which supports the theory that a species can evolve into a different kind. Yet, there is no data to support cross-kinds of evolution.  That being the case, evolution of humanity from lower forms of life is false has enormous implications. If false, this is a massive world-wide deceit. What is the truth?


In 1980, Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould stated that “Neo-Darwinism ‘is effectively dead, despite its persistence as textbook orthodoxy,’ the weight of critical opinion in biology has grown steadily with each passing year.”2

In 2009, Dr. Stephen C. Meyer was asked to testify before the Texas State Board of Education, who was considering a provision “that would encourage teachers to inform students of both strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories.”3  He had a binder with 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in which biologists described significant problems with the traditional theory of organic evolution.4

Darwin gave a copy of the Origin to  Louis Agassiz, an 18th century Swiss biologist and geologist, who was considered to be the greatest natural scientist of the time – and asked him to read it with an open mind. As Meyer reports, Agassiz “concluded that the fossil record, particularly the record of the explosion of Cambrian animal life, posed an insuperable difficulty for Darwin’s theory.”5  In other words, reliable data contradict Darwin’s theory – proving the theory false.

Yet, the masses have adopted the theory.

The consequences of this world-wide deceit are enormous!  Mainly because the theory of organic evolution promotes atheism with the survival of the fittest mentality.  A recent survey showed that 93% of the leading American scientists believed the Bible to be a myth.  The world’s books and education systems are filled with the theory of organic evolution with the belief consequences that there is no God, the Bible story is a myth, there is no moral standard, and when you are dead, you’re dead!  Many have lost their faith in God because of this theory, and the growth of atheism is on the rise.

Faith In God and Creationism

The scriptural creation account is referencing periods of “time,” and not specific hours or “days” as we think of them. (2 Peter 3:8; Alma 40:8; Abraham 3:4-9). We learn from the Book of Abraham that the Lord created everything spiritually first, and then physically. So, as the Lord is creating this earth, He has as much time as he needs with each phase of creation, to prepare this earth as a fit habitation for His Children. In the Abraham account it says that the Gods “watched those things they had ordered until they obeyed…” (Abraham 4:12, 18, 21)

So, the discussion of evolution as most texts and teachers unfortunately teach is flawed from the outset, and it leads people away from the truths which would help them progress toward their true “divine” potential.  The scriptures repeatedly make the point that we are children of God (He is our Father, we pray to our Father in Heaven, etc.).  Our faith in Him motivates us to become like Him, as Jesus taught (Matthew 5:48; 3 Nephi 12:48), increasing in love, in compassion, in honesty, in charity, in chastity, in righteousness, etc. as we keep His commandments.  Most importantly, keep the first two great commandments, and learn to love like Heavenly Father and Jesus love us.  If everyone would do that, it would solve all the world’s problems!

It’s About Time

I have written a book, It’s About Time, Harmonizing Science and Religion, which uses the best scientists, their books, and the data associated there with to bring about this harmony.  Since Darwin’s theory of evolution is contrary to creationism, Chapter 6 falsifies the theory of organic evolution.  Additionally, as prophesied by Joseph in Egypt (2 Nephi 3:11) and by the Prophet Nephi (1 Nephi 13:38-41), the book provides data validating the Bible from the Book of Mormon,6 as well as sharing scientific data validating Noah’s flood and the Adamic family – the Clovis Culture.This validation is tied to 1,800 data points — three key phrases that are shown to have evolved from the Adamic language.

Chapters 20-25 of the book explain the difference between man’s time and God’s TIME with experimental data to support the information shared.  I was the nation’s timekeeper for most of my 32 years in Boulder, CO, -at NBS/NIST, and in 1968 wrote the algorithm for generating official time from an ensemble of atomic clocks for the USA and helped with the algorithm for international time (UTC).  As far as I know, with improvements by colleagues, those algorithms are still generating official time for the USA and the world.

It is a fact that the truths of true science and true religion cannot contradict.  God is the Master Scientist as well as the author of His Perfect Plan of Happiness, which perpetuates His glorious gospel message opening the door for us to come to Him and a fullness of joy.  As the Book of Mormon so profoundly shares, “Adam fell that man might be, and men are that the might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2:25), and Christ perfectly overcame the effects of the “fall” — conquering death and hell.  If there were no “fall,” there would be no need for an atonement.  Hence, we see that Darwin’s theory of evolution is actually anti-Christ.  Since there is an infinite atonement, the fall, the “natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam… unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit…” (Mosiah 3:19)

David W Allan

  1. https://ethw.org/Oral-History:David_W._Allan
  2. Gould, Is a New and General Theory of Evolution Emerging? p. 120
  3. Steven Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt; The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, p. xi
  4. Steven Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt; The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, p x, xi
  5. Steven Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt p. 6
  6. https://ItsAboutTimeBook.com
  7. https://www.ldsliving.com/The-Powerful-Book-of-Mormon-Phrase-We-Always-See-but-Never-Think-About/s/81070