Chapter 31 - Why do men believe in Evolution?

One of the worlds leading atheists finally conceded that there has to be some intelligent design.

Antony Flew, who became an atheist at 15, debated at Oxford in the 1950s. He promoted atheism through prestigious works such as his landmark 1984 book, The Presumption of Atheism.

Over time, Flew became a very successful atheist. Overall, he wrote ten books against belief in God, as well as many other works. His works were among the most widely reprinted in all of philosophy. One thing that helped him was that many people assumed, without really looking into it, that science evidence suggested that God does not exist.

So, why did he change his mind when he was eighty-one years old?  Not because he fears the eternal consequences of a lifetime spent promoting atheism. He insists that he still doesn't believe in heaven or hell. Rather, Flew was convinced by modern science findings. He was amazed by the language that is written into the DNA of every cell of each of our bodies. He said, "What I think the DNA material has done is show that intelligence must have been involved in getting these extraordinarily diverse elements together. The enormous complexity by which the results were achieved look to me like the work of intelligence."

Science does not support evolution in any way.  In fact, science does more to prove that evolution is not possible than the other way around.

Irreducible Complexity... Modern science has shown that some aspects of Darwinian theory are actually impossible.

Take the Flagellum, for example. It is a molecular machine that has 41 integrated parts of which it cannot function without a single one of those parts. This machine has a very specific purpose and would be unable to function if even one of it's parts were missing. The idea that it somehow performed this very specific function before it had all of the necessary components defies logic...

In Darwins day and age, they did not have the tools or the ability to see these machines, or have any idea how they work. And, in Darwins own words: "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organism existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down."

Darwin acknowledged that if someone identified a biological system that could not have been constructed in incremental steps, over long periods of time, then his theory would be invalid.

Machines like the Flagellum cannot be explained away by Darwinian processes and, in fact, Darwins failed predictions have falsified his own theory.

It's modern science that has invalidated the theory of evolution! Anyone who clings to the centuries old theory without considering the modern scientific facts which prove it false, are simply proving that intelligence is not the foundation for their belief, but that it's motivated by things other than science fact.

So, why do people choose to believe what science shows to be fallacy?  

It should come as no surprise that adamant devotees of evolution often insist on public assertions and unfounded statements, displays that sometimes hide the real reason for the naturalistic (evolutionary) commitment.  One such unflinching devotee was the great agnostic philosopher, Aldous Huxley.  Late in his life he offered open discussion on this very issue when he wrote:

  • Does the world as a whole possess the value and meaning that we constantly attribute to certain parts of it (such as human beings and their works): and, if so, what is the nature of that value and meaning?  This is a question which, a few years ago, I should not even have posed.  For, like so many of my contemporaries, I took it for granted that there was no meaning.  This was partly due to the fact that I shared a common belief that the scientific picture of an abstraction from reality was a true picture of reality as a whole; partly also to other, nonintellectual reasons.  I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption.
  • ...for myself as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation.  The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality.  We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom...
  • ...justifying ourselves in our political and erotic revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning whatsoever.

Men who believe evolution typically do not want to believe in God; don't want the world to have a meaning above the greatness of his own will.  It's that simple.  Some don't want to admit that they are not the most important, significant and intelligent species in the universe.  Others, knowing our own conceit, acknowledge that we probably aren't the most intelligent or powerful but don't want to have to admit that there's something that knows us better than we know ourselves.  It is mans invention; created so we don't have to worry about things like morality or feel guilty for our demented pleasures and self indulgences.  Who in the world wants to feel guilt, of all things?  It feels terrible!  It's much more comfortable to assume there is no meaning, no morals, no reason for guilt.  After all, it is our will that decides how and upon what subjects we shall use our magnificent intelligence!  Right?

Naturalistic evolution concerns itself with no meaningful dignity or future accountability.

Darwinism undermines both the idea that man is made in the image of God and the idea that man is a unique rational being.  Furthermore, if Darwinism is correct, it is unlikely that any other support for the idea of human dignity will be found.

But wait!  There's no way the scientific community as a whole would let the perverse ideas of these people become the basis for the "fact" of evolution we teach our children in our schools!

Consider the admission of Dr. Lynn Margulis, who is recognized as a knowledgeable member of the "establishment":

  • More and more ... today's universities and professional societies guard their knowledge.  Collusively, the university biology curriculum, the textbook publishers, the National Science Foundation review committees, the Graduate Record examiners, and the various microbiological, evolutionary, and zoological societies map out domains of the known and knowable; they distinguish required from forbidden knowledge, subtly punishing the trespassers with rejection and oblivion; they award the faithful liturgists by granting degrees and dispersing funds and fellowships.

It follows naturally that the only way for evolution to triumph is to remove the alternative!  Look at the activities of organizations like the ACLU and others.  We don't want to confuse our poor children with phrases like "In God we trust" or "Under God" or things as preposterous as the Ten Commandments.  We must acknowledge that we are supreme and that our infallible intelligence and the power of our tremendous will is all that is needed to save us from ourselves!  God forbid we actually acknowledge a need for God!

Anything but God will do!

Nature Magazine, September 1999; "Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such a hypothesis is excluded because it is not naturalistic".  So even if everything we find shows us that there had to be a "maker" and all the data shows that the bible is true, they will simply discard that because is doesn't fit with their line of thinking.  They care nothing for truth, they simply want to prove their ideas even if they have to fudge the numbers to do so.

What you believe colors your whole life, your world view, your attitude, and how you make moral decisions.  Our view of the world is what guides us in everything we do.  Look at Hitler, Carl Marx, serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer, etc... They all believed in evolution and had no moral values so they became truly evil.

Either there is a God, who is what He says He is, and did what He said He did, or there is not.  What do you believe?  If we don't believe in God, something like evolution has to take the place of our faith.  We inherently know the existence of God (Romans 1); there is no excuse!  We are, after all, created beings; created in the image of God.  Deciding we don't believe does not erase the fact that He does exist and that we will one day answer to Him.  We will never find an alternative that fits, either scientifically or philosophically.  There is no substitute for the truth.

The bible tells us that men will essentially become idiots when they refuse to accept the simple truth of Gods word:  Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers , walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

Scoffers in the last days walking after their own lusts, unwilling to acknowledge the supremacy of God, willingly ignorant, and intentionally hiding information about the flood!  They don't want to give up their lifestyle or hear "thou shalt not", so they deny that God even exists and use whatever means they can concoct to prove a lie is truth in order to justify themselves.

Scientific American, September 1999; Scientists are more atheistic than ever before.

Be as willing to believe the bible by faith as you are to believe your science text book without proof!

A final thought...

Natural Selection means that the best evolutionary form of a species is the one that survives, right?

If Natural Selection is true, and around 8% of the world is Atheist, and another 5% are non-religious but believe in some kind of universal spirit or higher power, then Natural Selection is telling us that we should believe in God. 92% of the world believes in God, whether it's Jesus or another god.

So those who believe in Natural Selection, and don't believe in God, are those who Natural Selection will kill off.

Ironic, don'cha think?

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