Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is hailed in the mainstream scientific community as the unifying theory of the life sciences. He has been elevated to demigod status and given a place of esteem in the public arena, where any ideas outside his outdated theory are systematically and unfairly expelled. But Darwin wasn’t a god. He wasn’t even a demigod. He was a man whose speculations of long ages of death and mutation offered an anti-Creator explanation for the diversity of life observed on earth.

Darwin began as a biblical creationist, but slid into total atheism as he accepted the “proof” of Lyellian uniformitarianism, the geological ages, and a form of the so-called progressive creationism. It was not long before he became a committed theistic evolutionist, and ultimately a full-fledged atheist. His doctrine is as follows.

Life is Godless. “Darwinism removed the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion” ~ Sir Julian Huxley

Life is Purposeless. “Life has no higher purpose than to perpetuate the survival of DNA…life has no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference.” ~ Richard Dawkins

Life is Meaningless. “There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death… There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans.” ~ William Provine

How does this affect our world?  How does this affect American culture? In American schools, as Dr. Patti Nason explains, the danger of Darwin’s philosophy of evolution is seen in the erosion of sound science education and an alarming increase in lobbying efforts to curb critical thinking skills in the classroom. More and more state legislatures are wrestling with science education standards and finding that atheist organizations are pushing to eliminate any mention of evolution’s weaknesses in school.

The great men of science like Newton, Kepler, Maxwell, and others were unashamed to acknowledge design in nature. These are the men who founded the modern disciplines of scientific study, the work upon which all scientists stand today. And yet, while these patriarchs of modern science sought to extol the Creator through their work, few scientists follow in their footsteps, choosing rather to base their research upon unsubstantiated stories of accidental design. 

Scientists around the world celebrate the man who sought to demonstrate the inferiority of certain races by declaring them to be less than human. Remember, the title Darwin gave to his treatise on evolution was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Contrast this message with another famous birthday in the month of February: Abraham Lincoln, the man who fought to set the slaves free.

Article taken from Acts and Facts, February, 2009.

~ David Norris

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