As a follow-up to my previous blog, “The Missing Link,” I am posting an article by John Clayton, my favorite apologist. You can find his website with much more information by clicking here or on Does God Exist? in my blogroll.
One mistake that many people make is to assume that thinking, logic, problem solving, and reasoning are unique to man. When the Bible describes man’s uniqueness, it always is centered around spiritual characteristics and creativity–not around intelligence, thinking, tool use, and logic. It is important to understand that seeing an animal do something that is intelligent or requires logic does not mean that the animal is a human or is equal to a human in any way. On February 23, 2007 a report was released about researchers in Senegal who have observed chimpanzees making weapons for hunting. In the April 2007 issue of Scientific American (page 64) there is a detailed article on ravens using logic to solve problems, and the article says that the raven’s “abilities approach or even surpass those of the great apes.” If you read the material and look at the evidence there is little doubt that animals think, solve problems, make tools, use logic, and have a social structure. These are not the things that make humans unique. Man’s spiritual characteristics are what make man special, and these are a reflection of our unique creation in the image of God.