Closing out the holiday season in an ironically traditional style, the PBS-sponsored website It's Okay To Be Smart posted a dozen short videos called "The 12 Days of Evolution" on YouTube, completing the set just in time for post-Christmas viewing. The "12 Days of Christmas" is an 18th century folk song celebrating the days between Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany. That day commemorates the successful quest of the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12) to find and worship the infant Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. These 12 video gifts — conveniently embedded as clickable finches in Darwin's beard — encourage viewers to reject God's Word from its beginning. Substituting fallible man's evolutionary explanation of origins for God's account undermines the foundation for faith in Jesus Christ — our Creator (Colossians 1:16–17) who came to live among man and to die, purchasing our salvation (1 Peter 1:18; Hebrews 2:9).
Perhaps you rang in the new year with the "12 Days of Evolution." Perhaps it has raised some concerns among your friends and family. In this article we'll briefly examine the deadly dozen and even some truths within them. And we'll provide quick links to many articles and videos addressing their evolutionary claims. This handy reference guide will equip you to pass on this gift of truth: We don't have to check our brains at the door to trust God's Word from the very first verse and to put our faith and eternal hope in God's Son Jesus Christ, our Creator and Savior.
The Deadly Dozen
"The 12 Days of Evolution" deceptively uses observable facts to support unverifiable evolutionary claims. Thus biologist Dr. Joe Hanson, the narrator, makes evolutionary assertions appear undeniable. On his website’s many other videos he presents a variety of scientific topics. Some cover observational science — things that scientists can repeatedly observe and test using the scientific method. Others present unverifiable evolutionary ideas as if they were truly testable and verifiable rather than just the worldview-based conclusions of historical science, a historical science that rejects God's eyewitness account of the unobservable past.