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Friday, April 19, 2013
Many Americans are worried. We see time-honored traditions and cherished beliefs falling like dominoes, and we wonder what's coming next. The American society that seemed so full of unity and promise at its founding is now staggering like a wounded albatross, pulled in myriad directions by forces that dilute our purpose and weaken our commitment to community. What brought us to this point? Where did we lose our way?
I believe that the current downward trend of America and mankind in general can be laid largely at the feet of Darwinian evolution, that grand theory that purports to take us to an increasingly advanced state of being. It is the acceptance and teaching of evolution that has made atheism respectable and numbed us to the absolute standards of a creationistic world view.
Properly understood, creationism and evolutionism stand in diametric opposition. If one is true, the other cannot be. Neither creationism nor evolutionism are sciences per se; both are belief systems about origins. Neither belief is testable by the scientific method, because we cannot travel backward in time.
Nor can there be any hybrid combination of the two beliefs. Creationism assumes God as a first and only cause, and evolution assumes matter/energy as eternally existent. Creationism posits that life can come only from life; evolution has life arising spontaneously from non-life. Creationism sees a fallen, decaying world; evolution sees life now increasing in quality and complexity. Those who try to combine the two beliefs don't have a good understanding of either.
If evolution is true, then there are no real and lasting societal values other than survival of the fittest. If evolution is true, ethics are situational and transitory, subject to institution, modification and elimination at the whim of those in power.
If evolution is true, then there are no moral absolutes. Expedience is the ultimate governor of all decisions, and the only moral right is that which advances the purposes of the most powerful. Nothing is right or wrong in and of itself. Only the perception and result of actions taken are important.
But if evolution is true, why do those who espouse the theory live as though it isn't? If evolution is true, why would human beings feel an obligation to protect the weak among us? If survival of the fittest is our creed, why do we spend billions to support those who make only negative contributions to society? Isn't a loving, caring attitude toward the weak among us detrimental to the objectives of evolution?
If evolution is true, why do we house incorrigible criminals or, even worse, release them to repeatedly prey on society? Why do we allow undeniably guilty mass murderers to live, even in prison? If there is no God and evolution is true, what force causes us to have pity on the dregs of society? Would it not make good evolutionary sense to simply do away with them? What place has pity within an evolutionary world view?
If evolution is true, why abort millions of babies before determining their potential to advance the cause of human evolution?
If evolution is true, then self-preservation should be innate and irresistible within us. Why then do we indulge in activities that needlessly endanger our health and shorten our lives? Why do we gorge ourselves on unhealthy food, drive like maniacs, climb dangerous mountains or fight a costly ground war when we have the ability to simply bomb an enemy nation back to the Stone Age?
For those with the courage to honestly investigate and consider it, evolutionism is a bankrupt belief system with no proof in the fossil record, even after more than two centuries of frantic searching. In all cases where we know its source, life comes from other life.
I'm not anti-science by any means, but we should be aware that the origins of our universe are not testable by a naturalistic scientific method, which by definition excludes all evidence of the supernatural. Belief in the theory of evolution as an explanation for origins is just that - a belief. It is a religion with one essential and non-negotiable sacrament: the denial of a supernatural creator.
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