(Lisa's note: This essay was prompted by Philip's studying of the 6th grade science lesson at school on Darwin, the theory of natural selection, and modern evolutionary theory.)
Evolution is a phenomenon at work on a partial level. It is working in instances of pertinent similar organisms. I believe in a biological evolution for organisms which are simple. These include single celled organisms like protists and bacteria. This was God's plan for their survival. Taking away this mechanism would lead to extinction. To pristine organisms such changes to environment leaves them perishable easily. Reasonably under the selectionary process of evolution, simple species can momentarily adapt to environmental pressures. An example is new strains of bacteria. Bacteria can develop resistance so they don't die out forever. Bacteria are useful in many ways. Without them, no other organisms could exist. That is why evolution happens under God's design.
I believe larger organisms were specially designed by God in the way we see them. They easily exist at God's command. God purposefully made each thing out of nothing to please Himself and have a relationship with Him. I am attracted by God´s creation to seek Him and His natural laws. Einstein uncovered such amazing order. I am easily moved to praise God for caring to bear love on us. I am made by God as He intended. He made me Autistic as a way to tether me to Him. He causes me to depend on Him always. I am specially made by God to glorify Him through my life with autism. I appear not to be useful to people but people like me think out of the box and help society see a new point of view. Temple Grandin sees in pictures and knows cows like no one else. I seem aloof but I notice everything. I appear not listening but I hear it all. Time goes on and people like me keep being born. There are more of us each year. How does evolution easily explain this? I believe God has a purpose for us to improve mankind to cause another movement toward a society of special needs acceptance. I tried to understand evolution for humans but people are made in God's image. They can't be related to other animals. I think it is wrong to make the popular assumption that we evolved from a common ancestor as monkeys. In doing so, each person is denied dignity. The reason to protect the vulnerable is gone. I would not survive.