Let’s disregard, for a time, the frequent presentation of empirical evidence in support of Evolution. Creationists would sooner believe texts penned by primitive Men claiming to be speaking the Word of God. Instead, let’s focus on the wording of a crucial Biblical verse
In the argument for Creation, Genesis 2:7, which states “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness . . .” is the most commonly stated point. It seems, however, that people of this mindset take the wording quite literally. This is done in spite of the fact that The Book has gone through a multitude of translations across both languages and dialects. Furthermore, Aramaic and Latin, two of the original languages of the Bible, have been considered dead for quite some time.
In fact, there are at least 18 words in Latin for the English word image, depending on the nature in which it is used. This strongly suggests that several synonyms and near-synonyms for image likely bear similarity in definition to the original word used. The multitude of translations and the fact that Latin and Aramaic are dead languages, along with the imperfect syntax of the English translation, all point to the likelihood of error stemming from simplification.
The term image does not necessarily only refer to physical appearances. It can simply imply that we were to be set apart from the animals in such a way that the divine is set apart from the secular.
Among these traits is the gift of free will. God chose to create the Earth and all who dwell upon it, just as we can choose what careers to pursue or what time of day to take a walk. Admittedly, many animals do have some sense of free will, but most are restricted primarily to instinct. In the animal kingdom, a bout of irrationality is chalked up to a neurological disease. While with humans, it’s either a personality disorder or just brushed off as “he’s having one of his moments,” depending on the frequency and severity. We are instilled with instinct, yet we can consciously override it, often with minimal effort. This allows us to act with both logic and emotion, or choose to disregard one or the other entirely.
The more prominent of these, and a bit more to the point of the argument, is our ability to build. Granted, we cannot create from nothingness in such a way that God did with the land and the seas. We have managed to create amino acids by bombarding artificial primordial ooze with electrical currents, but the science is still quite primitive. However, just as God made Man from dust and breathed life into him from His own lungs, we can erect monuments and towers from sand and stone, spilling forth our own strength of body and mind to manifest something far greater than the particulate from which it was formed.
Another point is the ability to devise and understand multiple languages and dialects. Upon the collapse of the Tower of Babel, before which there existed but one language, it is said that other languages sprang up as God’s way of keeping Man from further conspiring toward reaching Heaven premortem. What this means is that God is able to create, and in a sense learn, new languages. Humans are the only species known to speak multiple languages, and as such, we have the ability to learn them.
The point here is more our ability to learn new skills with reasonable ease. Also, the development of language demonstrates our ability to create intellectual constructs. Free will also speaks to this point, indicating that we may choose to dismiss an idea or methodology in lieu of a better one. And what we deem better may only be so simply because “the other way just doesn’t feel right.”
In all of these ways were we created in God’s image, resembling Him in strengths and traits though destined to forever pursue His divinity and perfection. (In fact, it could be that we were designed to be able to achieve species-wide divinity, but it is a gift that must be earned rather than simply given.) What all of this points to, though, is the ability to grow as a species. We are able to reshape the world around us and have done so upon a large portion of its land.
As such, certain traits have been necessitated, while others have become unneeded. Among the unneeded were fur-covered bodies, as we had learned to use the furs of animals and to make fire, and prehensile tails and opposable toes, as our ability to create tools kept us from needing to flee across forest canopies. The development of tools, leading to the construction of artificial dwellings and thus communities, necessitated a pinkie better fit to work in cooperation with the thumb than that of the apes. (Apes and other lesser primates have been shown to be able to make and use tools, though to a much more primitive extent than humans, in a natural setting.) The growth of the human brain due to increased innate abilities necessitated a shorter gestation period as well as wider hips for females. The former then necessitated a stronger nurturing instinct in parents, fortified by the look of innocence, love and need in an infant’s somewhat abnormally large eyes.
Returning to a Biblical sense, God created Man to have dominion over the creatures of the world. Since we are imbued with the ability to mold and reshape the world, building upon it from its materials, it is perfectly reasonable that He would design us to change to suit these developments. In doing so, we are able to genetically adhere to our own changes, primary, secondary and beyond, and thus maintain that dominance.
In other words, the source material used to argue against Evolution can easily be construted to agree with this scientific principle.