Evolution and Culture (Part One)

Evolution is one of the most widely accepted beliefs in our school systems today. It permeates our textbooks and is hammered into our minds as fact in almost every science classroom across the nation. How many times have you opened a science book and the first thing you read is something to the effect of "about 4.5 billion years ago…" or "the universe has changed since its conception over 10 billion years ago"?

The theory is taught as a one-sided truth, leaving no room in the students’ mind for question or doubt. It all makes sense, doesn’t it? They are scientists, after all. They can't be biased, can they? They know what they’re talking about, don’t they? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time secular humanism was wrong.

The point of these next few posts is to reveal to the reader the unspoken truths and evidences that evolutionists refuse to reveal on a large scale. It will also expose some of the flaws in the theory of evolution and demonstrate how evidence can be used to support creation.

The theory of evolution is a problem not only for adults and college students, but also for children from their very first year of school. Part of the reason many students today believe in evolution is because they have been taught it as fact since they first walked through school doors. Innocent first graders will believe almost anything you tell them. So, without any other influence, of course they will believe in evolution. Especially when they open their textbooks and the first thing they read is: "Earth has changed much since its formation 4.5 billion years ago. Some life on earth has adapted to these changes." (First Grade Merrill Science, 1989 p. 46) Then again, in second grade, students are taught the theory as an "obvious fact," almost in an attempt to make anyone who believes differently look uneducated.

This tactic has become more widely used by evolutionists in the last decade. Whereas before you could find many public debates between evolutionists and creationists, most atheists today are content to stay locked in their houses and mock creationists from afar. This is what is becoming known as a sort of "New Atheism," being spearheaded by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and those like them. Through them, the call of atheism has turned into a war-cry. They have entered a phase of radical evangelism, calling not only for the institution of their own religion, but the eradication of all others.

This has led to a very negative climate, where any dissension from Darwinism is not permitted. While the Bible tells us that Christians will face persecution (Mark 13:13, Matthew 5:10–12), the amount, and frequency that Christians are persecuted in science is greater now than ever thanks to this "New Atheism." The fact is, the current climate is not neutral. Just turn on the news or the Discovery Channel to see this as fact. Many of you who have stood up for your faith may have experienced similar things.

To be continued in Part Two...

Happy Trails,

Happy Darwin Day...?

February 12, 2009. Today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. But that isn't the reason countless atheists and evolutionists around the world are celebrating today. Today is much more important than just the man who helps abolish American slavery. Today is also the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.

2009 is also the 150th anniversary of Darwin's famous book "On the Origin of Species," and the secular culture is not letting us forget! Countless evolutionary organizations are promoting this day in hopes of making this a memorable day of atheistic evangelism. Some people are even calling today "Christmas for atheists." But this evangelism it isn't just limited to today. Many groups are making this entire year a year of praise for Darwinian orthodoxy. Museums (such as the Smithsonian) are opening new exhibits, TV specials are being shown, magazines published, and there are even parades, all in praise of the man who, according to Richard Dawkins, made it possible to be an "an intellectually fulfilled atheist." The religious determination of secular humanism and Darwin-worship (even billboards of praise) this year will no doubt be intimidating to many people, but as Christians this year represents something other than the promotion of evolutionary dogma. This year shows a unique opportunity for Christians around the world to present the Gospel message, and with even more urgency in the face of atheism.

Despite the fervent promotion of "Darwin Day," there are still many organizations who are celebrating God's creation as recorded in Genesis today, while pointing out the flaws of Darwin's theory. Just to quickly name a few:

As these articles and many more show, Christians have no reason to fear this year. We should not be discouraged by the militant fervor of some evolutionists, but rather should find courage and preach His word to the masses. Instead of making this a year of intellectual decay, let's make this a year of learning and growing spiritually by educating ourselves on the issues of the Creation/Evolution debate, and show the creation message "gently and respectfully" (1 Peter 3:15-16). You can do this in any number of ways, such as:

  1. Keeping up to date on the latest issues in creationism. Some groups have weekly articles featuring the latest Creation/Evolution news (such as AiG's weekly News to Note articles).
  2. Watching creation videos. These can be bought from almost any creationist organization. If you don't wish to purchase anything, there are also plenty of free video resources. AiG posts a new portion of one of their DVD's every week. Watching their talk "Origin of the Species: Was Darwin Right?" would be a great way to start educating yourself on Darwin's theory. CMI also has a "Creation Magazine Live!" feature. You could even borrow some videos from your local church!
  3. Tell your pastor/youth leader to visit The Creation Letter Project and sign the letter. I even encourage you to sign the letter and get involved!
  4. Find a group of people and friends and get involved! It could even be as simple as talking about current creation/evolution issues or even starting a mini Bible-study on Genesis and creation. Starting a small group is a great jumping-pad for actually talking to people about creationism vs. evolution. It is often easier to talk to someone when you have Godly friends to back you up.
  5. And most importantly, read the Bible. While creationists often stress the first book of the Bible, Genesis isn't the only place that talks about creation. Jesus Himself referred to Noah, as well as Adam and Eve.

Often it can be easy to get caught-up with the scientific aspects of the creation/evolution debate. We have to remember, though, that while the creation message is certainly important, it is not the true message of the Bible. The true message of the Bible is that the God of the universe became a man and died on the cross, bearing our sins. He then rose three days later, conquering death once and for all. And He offers life to all of us, if only we will trust Him to take away our sins as our Savior. What an amazing God we have, that he would die for us. This is what we are always trying to accomplish when learning and talking about creation: to always give glory to God.

Happy Trails,