Origins of Life
Creation or Evolution?
Author Debunks Darwin's Theory of Evolution: "In the 144 years since Charles Darwin published his notorious book, The Origin of Species, his theory of evolution has come to be regarded by many as irrefutable fact."
Crumbling Icons: "...the authors chided biology professors for presenting speculative ideas as facts. 'Many generations have listened passively to these presentations,' they noted. 'We feel obligated, however, to warn our readers that these peaceful days are coming to an end and that we must prepare for strife.'...They urged their readers to 'avoid the usual practice of leading all discussions in such a way as to glorify Darwinian theory. With SOR students lurking in the class, frail scenarios will no longer be passively accepted.'"
Asking the "Big" Questions: "Each year at about this time millions of students across the country make their way back to campus to continue their unfettered pursuit of truth by asking life’s 'big' questions in a free and liberating educational context; right? Well, unfortunately this ideal isn’t always reached. In fact, sometimes it is even obstructed. As an example, read the following caution that comes from a recent syllabus for a science education class at a major U.S. university:
"Cautions about sources and topics Never cite a religious science source such as ICR, Answers in Genesis, or anything else like that. It is easy to recognize these groups. They are virulently anti-evolution. This caution also extends to the new ID (Intelligent Design) movement - another anti-evolutionary charade. These people are 95% wrong..."
Faith in Evolution - Essentialto the New World Order
Though evolution as the answer to the origin of life has never been proven, classrooms now teach it as truth. Since much social and environmental dogma is based on faith in evolution, our children need to know some of its serious flaws expressed by well known and respected secular scientists.
For example, Sir Frederick Hoyle, Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University, compared the absurdity of believing that life could result from time, chance, and properties in matter with believing that "a tornado sweeping through a junk yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the material therein."1 Listen to some of the other credible voices of science:2 (Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University)
The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary tree that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference...."
One problem biologists have faced is the apparent contradiction by evolution of the second law of thermodynamics [Entropy]. Systems should decay through time, giving less, not more order."3 (Dr. Roger Lewin, a well known evolutionist)
The origin of life appears to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have to be satisfied to get it going."4 (Francis Crick, Nobel prize winner for DNA discovery)
"We now have a quarter of a million fossil species, but the situation hasn't changed much.... ironically, we have even fewer examples of evolutionary transitions than we had in Darwin's time. By this I mean that some of the classic cases of Darwinian change in the fossil record, such as the evolution of the horse in North America, have had to be discarded..."5 (Dr. David Raup, Curator of Geology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago)
"Evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and many are prepared to "bend" their observation to fit with it... To my mind, the theory [of evolution] does not stand up at all."6 (Dr. H.S. Lipson, a British physicist)
Faith in evolution was essential to America's paradigm shift. First, it provided an alternative to biblical truth. Second, it built a much-needed "scientific" foundation for today's leap of faith into the new-paradigm view of the future. Many of today's most outspoken visionaries--Al Gore, Robert Muller, Marilyn Ferguson, etc.--base their hopes for the 21st Century on the spiritual evolution first popularized by the controversial Catholic priest and scientist, Teilhard deChardin. Notice how he fits everything into the context of his cosmic evolution:
"[Evolution] is a general postulate to which all theories, all hypotheses, all systems must henceforward bow and which they must satisfy in order to be thinkable and true. Evolution is a light which illuminates all facts, a trajectory which all lines of thought must follow."7
Quoting deChardin, Al Gore writes, "'The fate of mankind, as well as of religion, depends upon the emergence of a new faith in the future.' Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to resanctify the earth..."8
René Dubos, a board member of the futuristic organization Planetary Citizens, carries Gore's thoughts a step further. In A God Within (the book Lamar Alexander said "changed his thinking the most"9), Dubos writes,
"The earth is literally our mother, not only because we depend on her for nurture and shelter but even more because the human species has been shaped by her in the womb of evolution.... Our salvation depends upon our ability to create a religion of nature."
Dr. Thomas Sowel, economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, would disagree. Piercing the hollow visions of utopian dreamers, he writes:
"Dogmatic environmentalism, like fascism, communism and eugenics, appeals to the frustrated egotism of intellectuals who burn to tell lesser people how to live.... Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying."
Monkeys and atheists: "Thomas Huxley ("Darwin's bulldog") is said to have come up with the most famous defense of the atheist belief that life was created by chance, not God. In a debate at Oxford, he is reported to have stated that if enough monkeys randomly pressed typewriter keys for a long enough time, sooner or later Psalm 23 would emerge...."
Darwin in the Classroom: "After years of being marginalized, critics of
Darwin's theory seem to be gaining ground. What is going on? And why now? Two
developments have been paramount.
"First, there has been growing public recognition of the shoddy way evolution is actually taught in many schools. Thanks to the book Icons of Evolution by biologist Jonathan Wells, more people know about how biology textbooks perpetuate discredited "icons" of evolution that many biologists no longer accept as good science.... Teachers who do inform students about some of Darwinism's unresolved problems often face persecution by what can only be termed the Darwinian thought police....
"Science is supposed to prize open minds and critical thinking. Yet the theory of evolution is typically presented today completely uncritically, as a dogma to be accepted rather than as a theory to be explored and questioned. Is it any wonder that policymakers and the public are growing skeptical of such a one-sided approach?
"For years, Darwinists successfully shut down any public discussion of Darwinian evolution by stigmatizing every critic of Darwin as a Biblical literalist intent on injecting Genesis into biology class. While Darwinists still try that tactic, their charge is becoming increasingly implausible, even ludicrous. Far from being uneducated Bible-thumpers, the new critics of evolution hold doctorates in biology, biochemistry, mathematics and related disciplines from secular universities, and many of them teach or do research at American universities."
To avoid compromise with the kind of mythical thinking and earth-centered environmentalism that brings destruction, not healing, children should watch out for....
* Songs and poems that encourage earth worship.
* Classroom exercises or rituals that "empower" children to connect with Mother Earth, hear her voice, learn her wisdom and visualize her healing.
* Environmental programs that promote the lifestyles of pagan cultures.
* Native American chants and prayers to the Great Spirit.
* Buzzwords like connectedness--referring to spiritual oneness rather than biological interdependence--and reverence (suggesting a response reserved for the Creator Himself.
* A pledge of allegiance to the Earth. Many versions are in use.
To help your children understand both the national and the personal consequences of worshiping nature instead of God, read Romans 1:18-32, Deuteronomy 11:13-19, Isaiah 24, and Jeremiah 14:22 together. Take time to think about each message. Talk about the ways God shows His love by giving us these warnings.
Remember, God told man to take care of His beautiful planet.12 To do our part, we need to heed the Maker--not earthy spirits. When he put humans in charge of his creation,13 He wanted us to love and care for it as He would, not abuse it. He wants us to see the world through His watchful eyes and value all life as He does. His Word tells us how. It warns us against mistreating animals, wasting trees, and squandering His resources. Before the watchful eyes of the world, we need to model grateful appreciation for God's gifts.
An excerpt from Brave New Schools
1. Sir Frederick Hoyle, "Hoyle on Evolution," Nature (Novermber
12, 1981); 105.
2. 2. Stephen Jay Gould, "Evolution's Erratic Pace," Natural History (April 1977); 14.
3. Roger Lewin, "A downward slope to greater diversity," Science (September, 1974); 1239.
4. Francis Crick, "In the beginning..." Scientific American (February 1991); 125.
5. Dr. David Raup, "Conflicts between Darwin and Paleontology," Field Musumof Natural History Bulletin (January, 1979); 25.
6. H.S. Lipson, "A Physicist Looks at Evolution," Physics Bulletin (May 1980); 138..
7. Quoted by Henry M. Morris and Gary E. Parker, What is Creation Science? (El Cajon, CA: Master Books, 1982), 21.
8. Al Gore, Earth in the Balance (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1992), 263.
9. Lamar Alexander, Steps Along the Way: A Governor's Scrapbook (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986), 85.
10. René Dubos, A God Within A God Within: A Positive Approach to Man's Future as Part of the Natural World, (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972), 38, 41.
11. Thomas Sowell, "Revelations for the Anointed," Forbes (January 18, 1993); 65.
12. Genesis 2:15.
13. Genesis 1:19, 26.