Humans are no more the inevitable result from the ancestral human-chimp ape (my Christianity notwithstanding) in a pure sense than the tuatara alone of the sphenodonts surviving would be. Indeed, the survival of Man at present poses such problems that I am content to see the hand of the Biblical God, who favored the younger shifty Jacob over his older brother Esau and has a record of His supporting the weak and the underdog in it. And the Biblical God is a figure of violent brutal wrath, and well, I hardly need to recount the savagery of His Image, now do I? But the Biblical God is also love, and well, I hardly need to recount the love of His Image, now do I?
God is Absolute Perfection, where Man lives in a world of horrors both natural and of Man's own creation. Yet the God of both the Tanach and the New Testament shows love and wrathfulness, and Man is the Imago Dei and too has love and savagery. Yet thin, gracile Man surviving in a world of gigantic animals such as the American Lion or the Irish Elk which would be a challenge to the Westerners of today presents both irony and paradox. The evidence clearly points to the ancestral animal to the modern human and the modern common and pygmy chimpanzees as one and the same, and it also points to only two surviving species of chimpanzee and one surviving Man-like creature. And that the ancestral genus Homo were simply a particular specialization of the apes into full-fledged terrestrial bipedalism. Yet a single member of the genus, its sole surviving representative, managed to expand itself globally because God in that manner He so loves chose the weakest and thinnest of them to survive into the modern age.
Hence to me, Creation and Evolution do not have to be contradictory. The animals over 4.5 billion years eventually gave rise to the apes and thence to Man, and God chose Man for His own design, which I need not question. The really infuriating thing is when other people of mine own religion make outright denial of the genetic, fossil, and modern-day resemblance of Man and the Apes (recognized even by Carolus Linneaus who named the chimpanzee Homo sylvestris and by the tribes of Indonesia, who call the Orangutan "Forest-Man") integral components of the Faith, the Trinity (along with banning gays and outlawing abortion) around which the Faith revolves not such weighty issues as how to define the Trinity in the modern globalized age when knowledge of other Triads is clear and certain and how to make the Church which has stood for 2,000 years and its Tradition an aspect of the modern world yet still the Church. >.> This is one reason I am disgusted with American Christianity, they cannot even see the parallels in the science with the actions of the God of the Bible as they zealously defend Him from assaults of their own imagining. >.>