We as humans get hung up on the question did man descend from apes? I think a more important question that does not get as much publicity is, Why did humans evolve? I have only read one reading that suggested why humans evolved. The theory talks about a void that may exist and the change comes about randomly in order to fill the void.
The following is a thought that the scientist Ernst Mayr suggest in his book, “What Evolution Is?” The situation may have been that the chimpanzees were perhaps having a shortage of food as the African environment was changing. The trees were not as dense and fruit became less plentiful therefore the chimpanzees had to come down out of the trees in order to diversify their food supply. This perhaps led to the bipedal stance that they adopted.
The longer periods of time being on the ground put the chimpanzees at risk. The chimpanzees could not out run their predators. It is this thought of trying to outsmart their predators that may have caused the brain size to increase as the chimpanzees were struggling to survive. This situation of survival may be the greatest impetus for causing genetic change in living organisms.
The summation is that perhaps it was an environmental change which caused the evolution of man as it has for some many other changes that we have seen in the living organism. It is fascinating to keep in mind that the same DNA strand is the building block for both plants and animals. It just depends on which switches are triggered.
The difference between humans and all the other animals is that man has a conscience and this can be thought as your soul. Animals do not have a conscience. This is the decisive difference between man and animals.
This thought process makes this scenario more acceptable to a believer for two reasons. First the creation process occurs through the laws of nature and the idea of man being different from the rest of the animal kingdom is defined as a conscience. This allows me to be a creationist and still accept the idea of evolution.