Darwin, Huxley, Spencer, and other early evolutionists did not start in that direction primarily because of scientific evidence, but because of emotional and spiritual bias against God, the Bible, and Christianity.
Holding such an attitude, it was easy for them to interpret physical evidence as favoring a materialistic explanation of things. Evolution became their substitute for God.1 Dr. Davidheiser, who received a PhD in zoology at John Hopkins University, explained in detail why belief in evolution is a faith: “Many phenomena have been observed so regularly to occur under certain conditions that they are taken for granted, and it is not realized that faith in the uniformity of nature is being exercised. But the situation is quite different with regard to the theory of evolution, for many alleged phenomena in the evolution of life are mysterious, and to accept them requires faith.” 2
Evolution, it has been said, requires of its devotees a higher degree of faith in the unknown than does creation. Evolutionary doctrine is based on a long series of assumptions, many of them groundless and the others uncertain. Each of these assumptions is treated as if proved as soon as the writer or speaker goes on to the next step. The result is something like building a house at the top of a structure of straws.
But over time, any worldview which is not true will unravel because of the accumulation of counterevidence or the discoveries of contradictions and inconsistencies within the worldview itself. This unraveling will continue until only the core is left; a blind faith with only imaginary connections to the real world. This has happened to many false religions in the past, as well as so-called scientific methods, such as alchemy, and is happening to the belief in evolution today. Dr. William Dembski says: “Darwin’s idea was a good idea while it lasted. But with advances in technology as well as the information and life sciences (especially molecular biology), the Darwinian magic gig is now up. It’s time to lay aside the tricks — the smokescreens and the hand-waving, the just-so stories and the stonewalling, the bluster and the bluffing — and to explain scientifically what people have known all along, namely why you can’t get design without a designer.” 3
1 Why Scientists Accept Evolution (Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Book House, 1966), by Robert T. Clark and James D. Bales.
2 Evolution and Christian Faith (Nutley, NJ.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1969), by Bolton Davidheiser.
3 The Design Revolution (IVP, 2004), by Dr. William Dembski.
4 Of Molecules and Man (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1966) by Francis H.C. Crick
5 More Magazine, August 2005.
6 Letter to Editor in Creation Research Society Quarterly (Vol 8. 1971) by T. Robert Ingram
7 Billions of Missing Links (Harvest House, 2007), by Geoffrey Simmons, M.D.