Friday, July 14, 2006

Macroevolution as "Fact" Reeks of Hopelessness

Nothing brings out the ire of evolution believers more than a post about the negative social implications that such a belief as "macroevolution" brings into the hearts, minds, and souls of those who are erroneously led to believe that portion of the overall theory of evolution as fact.

I have often discussed the harm that "Darwinism as fact" has caused on the minds, hearts, souls and spirits of children in public schools for some time now. The arguments here, and at my message board have often been say the least.

Each side holds to their own camp and dogma. Need proof of the raging arguments? Just visit Dani's blogspot and read through the comments. The comment thread got so long that Dani posted "The Debate Continues" here!

I think that the article below tells us why Bible-believing Creation/Intelligent Design Theory Christians still need to fight against the "religion of Darwin."

Flannery shares this most important point:

The first implication of accepting evolution as fact is hopelessness.

Those who believe this shoddy theory (again, I am referring to the macroevolution extrapolation part of evolutionary theory, which, quite frankly is as dogmatic as any religion and requires faith without proof ) as fact are spreading hopelessness. The God of the Bible, Creation and Intelligent Design Theory at least give us hope. Hope now and in eternity. That's the one thing that Darwinism can never claim.

Atheistic Darwinism is soulless, spirit-denying, Godless, and rejects the reality of the Holy Spirit's indwelling in those who are born again in Christ. Darwinism spreads hopelessness because it unequivocally claims, "From the dust you have come, and to dust you shall return." End of story.

But Christians know better...


P.S. I hear that Ann Coulter's new book has a great section that refutes Darwinism. I'm only on the fifth chapter of Godless: The Church of Liberalism , but when I get to the Darwin section, I'll share some of it here! If you have read the Darwin chapters, please share what you read here!


Tom Flannery writes:

Saturday, July 1, 2006

Darwinism's bitter fruits

Posted: July 1, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Tom Flannery
© 2006

What happens to a society when its children are taught they evolved from the slime of some prebiotic soup through random chemical reactions in a chaotic, completely unsupervised universe that emerged from a chance explosion?

After decades of indoctrination into Darwin's theory of evolution, this question is no longer an academic one. The fruits of this experiment are evident everywhere we look, from staggering increases in the homicide and suicide rates among young people to a total disdain for human life.

Evolution is not only junk science, it is a pernicious social doctrine which produces a bitter harvest in the hearts and minds of its adherents. When children are taught this theory as fact (as most are today), it affects their entire belief system and outlook on life. The implications are devastating for individuals as well as for society at large.

The first implication of accepting evolution as fact is hopelessness.

There's a scene in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" in which Allen's character, comedian Alvin Singer, is recounting an episode from his childhood. In the flashback, little Alvy is refusing to return to school because he has learned in science class that the universe is expanding. He tells his mother this means the universe will one day explode and all life will cease to exist. His mother asks him what that has to do with the fact that he has stopped doing his homework, to which he replies: "What's the point?"

The scene is played strictly for laughs, but at the same time it makes a very insightful point. If it's true that we are living in a chaotic and completely unpredictable universe which will one day self-destruct, obliterating everyone and everything forever, then nothing we do or desire to accomplish has any meaning or purpose whatsoever. All we can hope is to live as long as we can and get as much as possible for ourselves out of life until we perish forever, along with everyone and everything else eventually.

Hard to get happy after that one.

Indeed, in the new introduction to the 30th-anniversary edition of his book "The Selfish Gene," evolutionist Richard Dawkins relates how that book's dismissal of any higher purpose in nature has had harrowing consequences in the lives of its readers. He mentions one person who went into "a series of bouts of depression" which lasted for more than a decade after reading it. Another young student was driven to tears by its assertion that life is "empty and purposeless."

Dawkins' response to such reactions is to basically shrug them off, asking if "any of us really tie our life's hopes to the ultimate fate of the cosmos" and answering, "of course we don't, not if we are sane."

Well, in fact, the two are inextricably linked. In a godless universe where nothing matters, or ever will, there is no place for hope or eternal love or lasting joy. We're all on a cruise ship heading toward the falls, and it's only a matter of time before we all go down together to an assured, irreversible and everlasting doom.

The best we can do, under those circumstances, is try to amuse ourselves as much as we can for the short amount of time we're here - which, tragically, is the conclusion that Woody Allen's death-obsessed character reaches at the end of another of his films, "Hannah and Her Sisters."

The second implication is the loss of truth, since truth must be based on a fixed standard that transcends time and popular opinion. Truth is something that never changes; it remains constant even when everything else is in flux.

Yet in a generation raised to accept evolution as fact, there is no room for truth nor any basis for absolute virtues or values. Truth cannot possibly exist in a world that came about as a result of chance explosions and chemical reactions, where everyone and everything arrived on the scene accidentally.

That's why modern society is doing everything it can to relegate the whole concept of truth to the dustbin of history. In our pluralistic, relativistic, multicultural, politically-correct age, holding to an authoritative standard of right and wrong is considered arcane.

Thus, whenever someone promotes family values, for instance, he is barraged by a chorus of angry voices demanding of him contemptuously: "Whose family?" In our society, everyone is supposed to make it up for themselves as they go along.

Finally, the loss of truth leads inevitably to the removal of all moral restraints. In a godless universe, we are accountable only to ourselves and the loftiest goal to which we can aspire is our own pleasure. As Dostoyevsky reasoned, everything is then permissible. There is no such thing as sin, no final judgment to worry about, no heaven or hell, and no life beyond this one. Jesus Christ, who claimed to be "the way, the truth and the life" (Jn. 14:6), was either a liar or a lunatic, and all religious endeavors are futile.

The first of the moral restraints to be disposed of is always the sanctity of human life. In a Darwinian world, natural selection is the ruling ethos and will always prevail, so the powerful must overwhelm and annihilate the powerless. We saw that clearly enough in the case of Terri Schiavo.

For as much fanfare as Darwin's book "The Origin of Species" has received over the past century and a half, precious little notice has been paid to its subtitle: "

The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life." The idea of a superior race eliminating all "inferiors" on the basis of evolutionary dogma originated not with Hitler, but with Darwin. Not surprisingly, this was an idea also enthusiastically embraced by the racist and eugenicist Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood.

Hitler was so enamored with Darwin's work that he considered dedicating his own book, "Mein Kampf," to him. His slaughter of six million Jews and millions of others in the death camps was a direct result of Darwin's influence on him.

The philosophy of Social Darwinism is also at the root of communism and apartheid, and it is still wreaking havoc worldwide. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the abortion holocaust, the taking of the most powerless and vulnerable lives of all by the blood-for-money abortion industry. Before evolution permeated our culture, it would have been virtually impossible to enact a law legalizing the mass extermination of unborn children in America. But in 1973, after decades of evolutionary proselytizing, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us the inhumane and unconstitutional Roe vs. Wade decision. Thirty-three years and well over 40 million dead babies later, there's still no end in sight to the carnage.

We've reached the point where partial-birth abortions continue unabated despite being opposed by a vast majority of Americans, and where Republicans in Congress had to struggle to pass a law banning the killing of live-born infants! Meanwhile, liberal politicians and media elites are pushing euthanasia and assisted suicide as the next steps down this slippery slope, hoping to rid society of more of those whom Hitler debased as the "useless eaters" (the elderly, disabled, etc.).

Call it the natural progression of natural selection.

Related special offer: "Tornado in A Junkyard: The Relentless Myth of Darwinism"

Tom Flannery writes a weekly political column called "The Good Fight" and a continuing religious column called "Why Believe the Bible?" for a hometown newspaper in Pennsylvania. His opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as Newsday, the Los Angeles Times, and Christian Networks Journal. He is a past recipient of the Eric Breindel Award for Outstanding Opinion Journalism from News Corp/The New York Post, in addition to winning six Amy Awards from the Amy Foundation.

To view this item online, visit Darwinism's bitter fruits


Dani said...

Thanks Christine!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Phronk said...

This is just silly. I'm sick of debating this stuff, but just one quick point:

Do you choose your beliefs? If someone told you, "believe that 2+2=5, and I'll give you a box full of candy", would you? You could say you would, but would actually believe it?

Similarly, saying "belief in God will fill you with happy joyful feelings of hope!" will have no influence on anyone's belief in God.

No, the it comes down to whether God actually exists or not. It comes down to whether creationism is true or not. In both cases, for better or for worse, the answer is "not".

In my humble yet educated opinion, of course.

Jody said...

Christine, as you read Ann Coulter's umm... "book" with one hand, I suggest you have compare the passages with this annotated critique of her umm... "work."

Take some time to explore what she says and what the science -- cross referenced, explained, checked -- actually says. I'll admit it takes a bit of work, but in the end you'll be much more educated for it.

Christinewjc said...

phronk said: "Do you choose your beliefs? If someone told you, "believe that 2+2=5, and I'll give you a box full of candy", would you? You could say you would, but would actually believe it?"

I choose to believe that Jesus Christ is who He says He is. The Son of God, our Savior and Lord. All else stems from that belief. Through answering Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am?" each person will formulate a belief about Him and thus formulate a worldview.

God's Word reveals that there is such a thing as absolute truth. We are meant to discover it. Since I believe in absolute truth, I would not "choose to believe" that 2+2=5 because I already know the absolute mathematical truth that 2+2=4.

You have chosen to raise your own "educated opinion" above God. As our Creator, His absolute timeless truths are revealed in His Word. You reject the authoritative, infallible, inerrant truth revealed in the Bible because you think that your knowledge here on earth surpasses that which is revealed in God's Word. Well guess what phronk. You, and your knowledge (scientific or otherwise) will forever be attempting to catch up to God's infinite wisdom and knowledge; whether you choose to believe He exists or not.

If you were truly humble, you most likely wouldn't have used the word "educated" to describe yourself in the same sentence with the word "humble".

God's Word even reveals why you think as you do.

Psa 14:1 [[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.]] The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

Pro 12:15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.

Pro 24:7 Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.

Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Pro 26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? [there is] more hope of a fool than of him.

Rom 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Christinewjc said...

Dear Jody,

Hi and welcome! I must say that I especially loved reading this part at the link:

"Coulter's failure to include these facts in her discussion of Piltdown man and Archaeoraptor distorts the truth about the two hoaxes.


Dani said...

Great Verses Christine!

I think I will post something soon about FOOLS and how they lack wisdom and understanding.

I am so grateful to God to be able to see clearly and no longer live in darkness, sin and confusion.