Education and Current Events
We're Not in Oz Anymore
August 12 the Kansas Board of Education deleted the mandatory teaching
of evolution as part of the state's science curriculum. Not
surprisingly this decision enraged and frightened the evolutionist
establishment. With the complicity of their allies in the media the
evolutionists began a campaign of ridicule and fear mongering. Painting
a picture of education descending into a new Dark Age, the
evolutionists predicted the most dire of consequences if their religion
of evolution were to cease to be the mandatory religion in Kansas'
If the Creation/Evolution controversy were truly a debate about some aspect of science, most people would never have even heard about it. How many of you have heard of the debate that has been going on for years over whether light is a wave or particle or the decades long dispute about plate tectonics? You have probably never even heard about these issues and hundreds of others like them, because these are genuine scientific disputes. The Creation and Evolution controversy is not. The conflict here is between two conflicting religions and between them there can be no peace, because the evolution taught in American schools today is totally anti-God in every respect.
"In the evolutionary system of thought there is no longer need or room for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it, including our human selves, mind and soul, as well as brain and body. So did religion." Julian Huxley, Address at Darwin Centennial Convocation, Nov. 27, 1959, p.252
"We owe to the Origin of Species the overthrow of the myth of Creation." C.D. Darlington, "Origin of Darwinism", Scientific American, May 1959, p. 66.
"[Evolution is] above all verification, as well as being immune from any subsequent contradiction by experience." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man, 1965, p 2
These are typical of the attitudes in evolutionary thought and teaching today.In a backhanded salute to the rise in Creationist influence, Time magazine's cover story of August 23, 1999 was another in a long line of tired old rehashings of the "proofs" of human evolution, but how the article began is what is most significant about it. Its opening line was "Despite the protests of creationists". The article was really nothing more than a pretext to ridicule creationists, but a few years ago the evolutionists wouldn't have even bothered to do that. This article is really an acknowledgement of the increased influence that the Creation movement has attained.
The contempt for any semblance of fairness is clearly seen in the Viewpoint essay by Stephen Gould that appeared in the same issue of Time. What was not stated in the essay was that Gould is an atheistic, Marxist who believes that all religions are false, "an opiate of the people". Gould maintains a fašade of fairness toward religion, writing that science and religion should each be "master of its own domain" and that no factual discovery of science can lead to an ethical conclusion. Even stating that the fact of evolution is as well documented as the life of Julius Caesar. These statements are all utter nonsense.
Both religion and science seek to describe the truth about the real world, their mutual domain is reality. If the conclusions they reach are truly at odds, then one must be right and the other has to be wrong. For instance if it were true that humans are nothing more than highly evolved apes, then the Genesis story of our divine creation is nonsense. So which is true? Here is where Gould's claim that religion and science occupy different domains falls apart. For the question of origins is one that has a factual answer, we are either hairless apes or were created in the image of God. That distinction will determine how we see ourselves and the world.
The willful blindness of evolutionists could not be better illustrated than in Gould's absurd statement that evolution is as well documented as the life of Julius Caesar. Where are the eyewitness accounts of evolution? They exist in abundance for the life of Caesar. All evolutionists can do is invent stories about the ancient world, stories they have to keep changing as true science finds the facts that contradict their stories. For nothing in true science has ever contradicted the Bible, the only conflict is between the Bible and the religion of evolution. That is where the real conflict exists, not between true science and the Bible.
Perhaps the saddest part of this whole drama is in the number of people who identify themselves as Christian, but fall all over themselves in supporting every opinion, speculation or hypothesis emanating from the evolutionists. The foremost of these apologists for the evolutionist establishment is a "Progressive Creationist" named Hugh Ross from California. In a letter dated September 1, 1999, he stated that "I am appalled to learn what the recent Kansas Board of Education decided about the teaching of creation and evolution in the state's public schools". Ross' ignorance of the facts is illustrated here in that the Board said nothing about creation; it only eliminated the mandatory teaching of evolution. He goes on to say "no better tool exists for stimulating students to study science than to address controversial questions head on". But anyone familiar with how the origins issue is actually handled in most public school science classes knows that there is no head on addressing of this issue.
There is only a one-sided indoctrination with the religion of evolution. Ross then goes on to state that his model of origins "banishes the false either-or, all-or-nothing dilemma, the impossible choice between accepting the record of nature and rejecting the words of the Bible or vice versa". The reality is however that there never has been a dilemma, because there is no conflict between the record of nature and the words of the Bible. The only conflict is between the pagan religion of evolution and the words of the Creator. What is unfortunate is that compromisers like Ross are able to fool and confuse so many Christians with their invented theologies like "Progressive Creation".
Whether the Kansas decision will stand is unknown. The evolutionists thru ridicule and legal action will try to reverse it. What is known is that it is part of a rising tide of opposition to evolution, also seen in other states such as Alabama and New Mexico, to the mandatory indoctrination in the religion of evolution in the public schools. The ACLU and similar organizations oppose religion in the classroom, unless it is their state mandated religion of evolution. What can be known for certain is that the believers in the religion of evolution will never give up, neither can we.