Nearly every student who’s matriculated in our public school system in the last 60 years, has been thoroughly brain-washed with the “fact” of evolution. Every generation has its myths. Some are relatively harmless. This one is pernicious. It’s paraded as “scientific fact.” School text-books, educational TV, public television, children’s cartoons, and the media are in agreement on the subject. Anyone who deigns to extol “intelligent creation” immediately has his or her IQ questioned. A list of “who’s who” in science have written widely that evolution is “an incontrovertible fact” and to suggest otherwise is intellectual suicide.
It’s rarely presented as another theory, but rather offered as a settled matter, placing the whole phenomenal world, the realm of sense data, beneath the umbrella of naturalism, and relegating religion with noumenal world, of which we can know nothing. Evolution permeates every discipline of study, particularly the physical, biological and the social sciences. American science has become messianic. Scientists are glad to serve as the “high priests” of this mythology.
The 19th century popularized this theory as Charles Darwin and T.H. Huxley lent their names to the work of Sir Charles Lyell, the champion of uniformitarian geology. Lyell actually “paved the road” for Darwinism. Few know that Darwin attended Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a clergyman. How did a “believer in Christ” and creation slide to agnosticism, as the chief apostle of evolutionism? According to his own writings, as his interest in natural science grew, his belief diminished. He jettisoned his faith in the miraculous before he had formulated his hypothesis of evolution. Evolution filled the vacuum that was created by his departure of faith in the God of Creation. This occurs daily in the hallowed halls of higher education, at the hands of “the apostles of evolution,” making no pretense of neutrality. Stephan J. Gould, a chief spokesman for evolutionary zealots, pronounced, “evolution to be as well documented as any phenomenon in science, as strongly as the earth’s revolution around the sun.” No one in human history has actually documented a single example of macro-evolution.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist/cosmologist, is the newest evolutionary “poster boy” of our time. He recalls that at age nine, the “universe called him.” He’s a clone of the late Carl Sagan, author of the “Cosmos” series. An avowed antagonist of “intelligent design,” Sagan concluded in grade school, too, he saw no sign that divine origin existed. Tyson argues that many great historical scientists belief in intelligent design, limited their scientific inquiries, to the detriment of scientific advancement. How would he know that?
Chance and fate reign. Looking for a puddle of ooze on Mars. Trapped in the surety of uncertainty, based on a categorical denial of biblical revelation. Dr. William L. Strauss, Jr., professor of physical anthropology at John Hopkins University, commented, “The direct, or fossil, evidence is relatively scanty and largely incomplete, too frequently consisting of mere fragments or even only teeth.” One professor of vertebrate paleontology at Princeton University opined, “What we need are more competent fossils. We have plenty of competent anthropologists, but not nearly enough specimens.” They have fertile imaginations. Evolution persists not because it’s a sound theory, but because it bolsters the humanistic faith which modern man has foolishly adopted to ignore and deny God’s creative design.
The rise of modern science didn’t conflict with science, and actually rested upon a Christian worldview. Scientists such as J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of atomic energy, stated straightforwardly, that modern science was born out of a Christian worldview. Alfred North Whitehead, notable British mathematician and philosopher, before his death in 1947, too, affirmed this view, and said, “Christianity is the mother of science because of the medieval insistence on the rationality of God,” he further asserted his confidence, “in the intelligible rationality of a personal God.” Though neither were Christians, they likely would’ve had disdain for Stephen Hawking’s recrudescent atheism in the scientific realm.
Despite the fact that no scientist has come remotely near demonstrating an unbroken line of evolution with certainty, we’re left to believe that someone from the scientific media was providing live coverage, reporting on the evolutionary process. That’s harder to believe than the creative act itself. Over time, so many inner contradictions have surfaced, yet the brainwashing persists. Evolutionary science is just as religious as religion itself. Someone comically observed that the assumption of the spontaneous origin of life is about as reasonable as an explosion in a printing shop morphed into a twenty-four volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
There’ll be no surcease to the skirmish between staunch evolutionists and committed creationists. Both hinge on faith. The Christian explanation of the origin of reality in the fiat creation of God, deserves careful consideration, and space in the classroom, just as the evolutionary theory. One-time head of the Department of Geology, at the University of California, and evolutionist, wrote, “Many a false theory gets crystallized by time and absorbed into the body of scientific doctrine through lack of adequate criticism when it is formulated.” Creationists think this describes the status of evolution, especially in the classrooms in America. There’s no soft option to confront this institutionalized imbalance.
Early scientists like Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, and Blaise Pascal, who contributed important laboratory work on the equilibrium of fluids, held in common the belief that God had dominion over creation, and that neither science, nor man, were autonomous. In the early days of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, founded in 1662, most of its members were professing Christians. Robert Boyle, Michael Faraday, whose crowning discovery was the induction of electric current, were early members. Most were convinced that a Christian base didn’t hinder scientific pursuit, rather it advanced discovery. That’s contrary to Tyson’s conclusion. Albert Einstein, no evangelical, was quoted in the London Observer, April 5, 1964, “I cannot believe that God plays dice with the Cosmos.” And they chide us for worshipping God! What do you think?
Mike Pyatt is a Natrona County resident. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org