I have been thinking much about this whole evolution thing. I have to stay on my toes because everytime and evolutionist, or Darwinist (which I recently learned is like an insult) comes here and visits they inform me of how much I don’t know. Then they take it upon themselves to ‘sit me down’ and instruct in the right way. Mrs. Heasley, my 10 grade biology teacher must not have done a very good job. Shame on her.
Let’s review, so far, what we have learned. First, we learned, from an atheist’s own mouth (or keyboard as it were) that evolution instills in a human no particular purpose whatsoever. Now a friend from another blog, Jeff, informed me that his life does in fact have a great deal of satisfaction and purpose but I’ll take him as a rare exception. Fact is, according to evolution, we are all trekking towards that great graveyard called the fossil-bed. Second, we learned that evolution has not yet been able to overcome death. Death has not been overcome–in fact, the average life expectancy hasn’t really been undone either. We might make it to 80, and some do live to be over 100; they are rare exceptions.
So far, Darwinian evolution is rather disappointing. I have no reason to go on living, and no reason to expect not to die. Here, I’d like to point out a third thing that evolution has not given us: Evolution has not given us a higher value of life. Or, to put it negatively, Darwinism has cheapened life. It has made life dispensible, valueless, cheap, expendible. It sounds terrible, but, sadly, it is only too true.
I’m willing to go out on a limb here and make a couple of statments that some folks may find rather offensive, but what choice is there? Darwinian Evolution has been the catalyst behind racial genocide (think Stalin, Hitler among others), human bondage (think slavery), and the deaths of untold millions of humans through abortion, eugenics, cloning, and euthanasia. These things are nothing more than survival of the fittest. Read this short essay for a glimpse of the ‘benefits’ of Darwinism: Eugenics (MORE ESSAYS ON THE ABOVE TOPICS).
Darwinian evolution has done nothing to created among human beings a more profound view of the grandness of life because it has taken away the most fundamental aspect of such an idea: That we were specially made in the image of a God who is Good. Consider this abstract from an essay on Darwinism and the Nazi’s:
Leading Nazis, and early 1900 influential German biologists, revealed in their writings that Darwin’s theory and publications had a major influence upon Nazi race policies. Hitler believed that the human gene pool could be improved by using selective breeding similar to how farmers breed superior cattle strains. In the formulation of their racial policies, Hitler’s government relied heavily upon Darwinism, especially the elaborations by Spencer and Haeckel. As a result, a central policy of Hitler’s administration was the development and implementation of policies designed to protect the ‘superior race’. This required at the very least preventing the ‘inferior races’ from mixing with those judged superior, in order to reduce contamination of the latter’s gene pool. The ‘superior race’ belief was based on the theory of group inequality within each species, a major presumption and requirement of Darwin’s original ‘survival of the fittest’ theory. This philosophy culminated in the ‘final solution’, the extermination of approximately six million Jews and four million other people who belonged to what German scientists judged as ‘inferior races’.
Now, to be fair, I must say this: Not all Darwinists are abortionists and not all abortionists are Darwinists (some are merely murderers; others are both). Furthermore, I would expect that even the most resolute Darwinist would denounce what happened in Germany and the Soviet Union in the last century. Nevertheless, we continue to see the structure of the whole ‘human life as an experiement’ built upon a foundation of Darwinian evolution whether it is genocide in Rwanda or abortion in America. It matters little.
To be sure, not all Darwinists are prone to such violence and not all have cheapened human life in the manner of a Hitler or a Stalin. I think what is frightening though is that if such structures were built once upon such a premise, isn’t it possible that such structures could be built again? What I mean is this: We all have a propensity for constructing the most evil we can out of the given resources. So what happens when life ultimately, because it is merely a struggle to keep a species alive, becomes meaningless because the value of the individual is rendered meaningless?
Furthermore, I don’t see any particular reason why Darwinists would try to combat such a philosophy. In what name can the Darwinist espouse a truly value filled picture of human life? Would it be based on mere humanism? Empathy? Altruism? Are human beings, sinners all, capable of constructing a ‘value of life’ philopshy on the foundation of something that necessarily devalues life? I sincerely doubt it, but I’m willing to be corrected.
If life is the meaningless rampage of our DNA through time and space how can there be any value on the individual? If life is the unguided process of the transfer of DNA from one generation to the next how can any individual hope to be of value? I read in A Case For a Creator by Lee Strobel that Stephen Hawking said, “We are such insignificant creatures on a minor planet of a very average star in the outer suburbs of one of a hundred thousand million galaxies. So it is difficult to believe in a God that would care about us or even notice our existence” (118). That is precisely the point I’m making: without God life is pure meaninglessness. Thus we can go about doing whatever we want in order that we cause our own survival; who else can save us? It seems to me, however, that even evolution is about survival (salvation?) of the species. It’s just that in evolution we do it ourselves without any help from anyone else, let alone a god.
Somehow that isn’t very encouraging considering the manner in which we treat each other. We’re like children at the lunch table saying, “Please tell little John to sit at another table because we don’t like him.” Human beings are beyond mean sometimes and if we treat each other like that at the lunch table as children then we go to war with each other kill one another as adults. No. Evolution has not taught us to value life or one another. It has taught us to survive by any means possible. It has taught us there is only one thing we can do: Make certain those few years between our first and last breath are survived. I don’t really think that is living.
On the other hand, someone said:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:16-21, NIV)
I just can’t look a child or another human in the face and tell them: You are meaningless. And yet, every time Darwinian evolution is propounded and propagandized that is exactly what people are told. God says differently. He says, You have value, so much value in fact, that I sent my Only Son to die for you. His Only Son, my friend Jon says, is a liar, and pteradactyl, and a fairy King. Hmm. I see Darwinian Evolution hasn’t given us creative minds either. Those are the same things the devil says.
Soli Deo Gloria!