Herring or Black-Backed Gulls or…? Image from http://birdingnewfoundland.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/ At a recent talk by Professor Bill Clegg about science and faith (‘Age Old Enemies or Natural Allies’) I challenged him over his equation of creationism with fixity of species, which is something I have done previously in a talk he gave at Newcastle University a few… Read more »
Doubting Darwin’s Disciples
In his second letter, the apostle Peter warns that one sign of the last days will be when people mock and deny the global flood of Noah’s day (and virtually every culture and tribe in the world retains memories of this event) and teach that everything goes on as it always has (in other words, uniformitarianism), which is exactly what we see in the development over the last two centuries of a belief that is stated as scientific fact, namely that the rock layers we see in the earth’s crust are allegedly proof of slow deposition over long periods of time, and that the fossils within them are the record of gradual change also over long periods of time. At least one of those who propagated this kind of approach, Lyell, openly stated that it was designed to overthrow the bible’s teaching on the flood and the history of the earth. The fundamental assumption behind this approach has been utterly disproven by scientific experiments, yet this fixed dogma and its corollaries are taught in schools, universities, churches and nature documentaries the world over. Historically, modern science and the scientific method were largely born out of not just Christianity, but what we today would call full-blown creationism, and a major driver for the development of the scientific method that has so revolutionized our world was the belief in the effects of the Fall as described in Genesis 3. Thus, when humanists and evolutionists try to shut out even a vestige of creationism, they are cutting off the very roots of the science they claim to champion as the vindication of their own position (and a huge range of scientific disciplines and sub-areas were founded by creationists). It is no surprise, then, to find that evolutionary belief has often been a hindrance, rather than a help to real science, delaying effective treatments through false beliefs such as vestigial organs and junk DNA. A number of major advancements, such as MRI scanners, originated from creationists, and creationist scientists remain at the cutting edge of a number of fields of science. However, the deleterious effects of Darwinism are not just felt in science, but also in society (it provides a basis for all sorts of erosions of meaning and respect for life and is a primary engine towards and for atheism), and in the church, theologically and spiritually. Firstly it causes over time a degeneration in faith in God and opens the door to all sorts of compromises, because if God cannot report accurately on how he created, then it naturally undermines faith in God and His word. Completely contrary to repeated claims from theistic evolutionists, the bible’s focus is precisely on how and when God created, not why he created. Secondly, and perhaps even more fundamentally, it calls into severe question the moral character of God in an even more radical way because to believe in evolution, or even just long ages, of necessity involves – if we are to continue to believe in God – God choosing to create in a manner that involves millions of generations of pain, suffering and violence, making him a sadistic and schizophrenic monster.