With seeing multiple daughters through college, I’ve found myself taking notice more and more of how sad the situation is in higher education when it comes to science and philosophy. What is so sad is how the belief in evolution has become entrenched in education, and that the very tenets of science are tossed aside by those in control of higher ed. The people I am referring to are the “anti-theists”.
I don’t have so much a problem with “atheists” as the “anti-theists” because the atheists (people with no belief in God) are not proselytizing their beliefs as do the anti-theists (people vehemently against the belief in God).
Our school systems teach evolutionary science as if it were as solidly true as mathematics, when in reality it has more holes than a sponge. How did Darwinian evolution ever become so entrenched, especially when Darwin himself was barely supportive of his own theories.
Darwin’s missing link, the ever elusive “transitional species” that have yet to be unearthed was a real problem for him.
“Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms?” Charles Darwin
Next, the Cambrian explosion, the evidence in the fossil record that points in the opposite direction from naturalistic evolution was another troubling problem as well.
“The several difficulties here discussed, namely our not finding in the successive formations infinitely numerous transitional links between the many species which now exist or have existed; the sudden manner in which whole groups of species appear in our European formations; the almost entire absence, as at present known, of fossiliferous formations beneath the Silurian strata, are all undoubtedly of the gravest nature.” Charles Darwin
Darwin was also quite aware of what is now called “irreducible complexity”, even before the recent incredible advances in microbiology have proven that naturalistic evolution cannot account for the many complex systems found in nature – systems so complex that minor changes over time cannot sustain progressive favorable transition.
“To suppose that the eye, with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” Charles Darwin
Reading this, one might think Darwin wasn’t a Darwinist. In one sense, he wasn’t. His theories were just that and were not considered scientific truth by the scientific community at large for some time. His theories formed the basis for modern naturalism, which is really where the problem lies. C. S. Lewis defines the problem aptly.
“Does the whole vast structure of modern naturalism depend not on positive evidence but simply on an a priori metaphysical prejudice? Was it devised not to get in facts but to keep out God?” C. S. Lewis
With no real evidence to prove their theories, the anti-theists must resort to forcing their position since they cannot convince otherwise. Finding enough cohorts in their community they have been very successful in bullying their agenda into educational systems worldwide. For them, truth is not important, and in fact undesirable if it does not support their predilection to oneself.
“The atheist can appeal to nothing absolute, nothing objectively true for all people, it is just mere opinion enforced by might. The Christian appeals to a standard outside himself/herself in which truth and qualitative values can be made sense of.” Peter Huff
C. S. Lewis calls out their claims very clearly for what they are worth – myths. Here he very logically points out the flaw in their reasoning. How can naturalistic evolution, where everything magically comes together by chance (given enough eons of time… like the monkeys and the typewriters), ever be trusted if our very own reasoning is rooted in pure, dumb luck?
“ … the Myth asks me to believe that reason is simply the unforeseen and unintended by-product of a mindless process at one stage of its endless and aimless becoming. The content of the Myth thus knocks from under me the only ground on which I could possibly believe the Myth to be true. If my own mind is a product of the irrational—if what seem my clearest reasoning are only the way in which a creature conditioned as I am is bound to feel—how shall I trust my mind when it tells me about Evolution?” C. S. Lewis
Yet, with these arguments abound, the staunch materalist still does not see past the myth. I have to believe that many who go down this path of study, with sound reasoning and an otherwise sharp mind, simply do not want to believe anything else, and therefore perpetuate the myth by eventually convincing themselves it is true even when pure logic stares them square in the face. A prime example of this is Carl Sagan, probably the most liked of all recent anti-theists.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” Carl Sagan
Seems pretty ironic, right? To warn others against being “bamboozled” when you are one of those being “bamboozled” and don’t even realize it. Maybe it’s not so ironic. Maybe it’s just what “naturally” happens when you worship “nature” and reject the only thing worthy of worship, the God that created you and that loves you.
“God exists whether or not men may choose to believe in Him. The reason why many people do not believe in God is not so much that it is intellectually impossible to believe in God, but because belief in God forces that thoughtful person to face the fact that he is accountable to such a God.” – Robert A. Laidlaw