From the time of the Greeks men had sought for a way to explain away God.
By the way, if you do not want your quote to be "mined", don't say it. Those who accuse me of misusing quotes had better be able to prove it. Show us how a quote was taken out of context and we will listen, until then quit making baseless accusations.This is being written in series with -
There was a DVD released awhile back that was quite compelling - Collision - Is Christianity Good for the World? It details the debates and the behind the scenes dialogue and interaction between Atheist author Christopher Hitchens and pastor Douglas Wilson. I have discussed the movie before in a post entitled Upon conundrums, fools and thought processes
I hope you have read those two posts so that you will be prepared for this one. If you did read the Black Death post and scanned the comments, you will see a lot of commentary about how right or wrong Darwin was and what kind of man, etc. Frankly that doesn't amount to a hill of beans. What was John Gacy like when he wasn't raping and murdering little boys? What if Mao was a great joke-teller after a couple of rounds? What matters is the result of his actions. No one cares anymore whether Charles Darwin was a good guy. But what about what he did?
DARWINISM HAS BEEN DISASTROUS FOR THE WORLD!
Charles Darwin? He had an atheopathic grandfather, a hypocritical father and a wife who wanted to have a nice, neat Christianity and hoped that her husband would comply. Charles would occasionally give some lip service to the church to make life bearable and respectable for his wife, but he hated God and sought for ways to eradicate Him from society. His hate was not always a bright, burning flame. The untimely death of his daughter did not lead him to seek mercy for his sins but rather to despise a God he deemed unjust. Too much pride and too little guidance created the man who created the intellectual plague of the last two centuries. Had he grown up in a home of logic and authority and love and Godliness there may well have been another like William Wells who would get credit for the blight that is Darwinism, we will never know.
I wish Charles Darwin had seen God in the wondrous creation he studied and come to faith. No such luck. Darwin lived the life he lived and popularized an unproved hypothesis and millions of innocent humans have therefore been slaughtered. So he will just have to settle for part of the blame.
Edward Blyth actually proposed in detail the workings of natural selection and identified them as a part of God's creation and design. It is clear now that Darwin plagiarized Blyth more than any other source, as this site asserts with authority. So what that means is that if there had been no Darwin there might been another with the same foolishness. It was inevitable that the elitists of the time would find something to hang their atheistic hat on. Lamarck had been a swing and a miss, Darwin became a hit.
Prejudice, ignorance and folly. These are the ingredients of Darwinism. Prejudice is reflected in the elitist snobbery of a Richard Dawkins who would be sliced and diced neatly in a debate with Jonathan Sarfati or any other leading creationist scientist or, for that matter someone like David Berlinsky. Darwinists think they are so brilliant and yet their science is so messy and idiotic. Things just *poof* into existence by magic and then someone comes along and uses lyrical language to try to weave a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Prejudice against non-whites. Darwinists were dismissive of "The Negro" as a lesser form of almost human and therefore were fine with slavery and expected that they would be exterminated over time as less able life forms. Darwinists were prejudiced against anyone born with an affliction or birth defect. They suggested sterilization for "lesser" humans and the execution of anyone who did not "measure up" to the standards of Francis Galton and other Eugenicists. Eugenics was at the root of the Holocaust, as I demonstrated in my last post. It is historical fact. Government schools don't like to teach awkward things like this but by the turn of the 19th to 20th Century Eugenics was being widely accepted around Europe and America. Woodrow Wilson was inspired to segregate the military and Eugenics allowed for "Jim Crow" laws to be passed in the South. George Bernard Shaw proposed that every person come before a court to present an argument for why they should be allowed to live in society. Margaret Sanger spearheaded the drive to murder babies, especially black babies and babies born to the poor!
The world doesn't WANT to know about Islamic terrorists killing Christians in Iraq and Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. They prefer not to know about genocide in Africa and the dehumanization of little and not-so-little girls in Thailand and Russia and elsewhere. Slavery is still being practiced, just not in the USA. Piracy is a constant threat - across the ocean from us.
The world worries about Haiti for a couple of weeks and then looks away, while the poor wander the broken streets and seek food and shelter in the wreckage of what had been substandard housing before the disaster struck. An earthquake hits Eastern Europe and we notice for a day, then forget all the people in Serbia afraid to leave their ruined homes for fear even that will be snatched away from them.
Prejudice, ignorance and folly. What difference does it make if Darwin's prejudices were commonly held by his peers? His peers were not the ones who, like John Newton, devoted lives to ending slavery. Christians were involved in that. Elitists were busy being elite. They were busy being ignorant. Charles Lyell deliberately fudged his findings on the Niagara Falls erosion records in order to support his now ridiculous claim of Uniformitarianism. Haeckel made his phony charts. Darwin wrote his ignorant books. Oh, I will give them ignorance. Men of science of the 19th Century did not know much about the makeup of organisms, they did not know of DNA and could not comprehend the implications of information.
Ignorance continues to this day. What is artificial? Seriously? You cannot find a dictionary? Do you have no knowledge of root words? Artist. Artisan. Artifice. Artificial. Please...It is obvious that organisms are designed. It is painfully obvious. No one expects to sneeze and produce a Led Zep CD and yet somehow "science" tells us that matter and time made themselves, life made itself and information just appears our of thin air. Darwin's ignorance was at least understandable because he did not know what we know today. If you are a Darwinist today, ignorance is not something you can hide behind. You know better.
Do not listen to them when they tell you that you do not understand Naturalism. It is quite simple. Naturalists believe that all things just happened to happen. They are lousy philosophers. They steal their morality from Christians, but only part of it, the parts they like at the time. If all things simply evolved by natural forces what makes you think you have free will? Are you not just a haphazard compilation of atoms that happen to function to reproduce more like you? What is the basis for your reason, for your morality? From whence come your absolutes? You do not have a clue!
God created the world. God created authority. He established governance by rule of law. He created life and information and time and space and, heck, the ingredients for banana bread. God made everything and the evidence supports this. Organisms have too much information, too much inherent instinctive behavior that makes no sense in an evolutionary world, too much symbiosis, too much complexity and they have been static since we began observing them looking for evolution. Scientists bombard organisms with radiation, fiddle with their food and their environment and all kinds of things and never get anything to evolve.
Prejudice is elitist, it is mean-spirited and it is egotistical.
Ignorance is curable through education and thinking. But if you choose to remain ignorant, then you become a fool. Here is a commenter revealing ignorance to the point of folly:
""1) I expect to find a supernatural force, a God, who made the Universe and all within it.
2) I may or may not find a supernatural force is the best explanation for the Universe and all within it.
3) I will not find nor will I consider a supernatural force as an explanation for the Universe and all within it.
I've got news for you...these are worldviews!"
"A. Surely it's not hard to see that both (1) and (3) are not scientific. And since you've clearly subscribed to (1), you're engaging in mere pseudo-science on this blog. You're obviously blind to that, but that's your problem, nobody else's."
These are the words of someone who has taken ignorance to the point of folly. Any simple application of logic can see that all three are worldviews. It is also clear that Darwinists rigidly adhere to viewpoint number three. Number two is the philosophy of many, including a lot of the Intelligent Design folks. I have been converted to belief in worldview number one. No one goes forth on intellectual journeys without a worldview and if one cannot even know this about himself, how great is his folly!
Folly is the way of the naturalist. Folly is the way of the Darwinist. Folly sees that life consists of intricately and remarkably complex organic machines more exquisite in form and design than anything man can make and calls it an accident. Folly sees a Universe with logical laws and common design formats and calls it blind chance. Folly then believes he can reason with his accidental, illogical and purposeless mind? How can one even be sure of existence if everything is the result of randomness? What is a naturalist's touchstone?
Here is a good quote from the comments thread:
"Nazis didn't kill Jews using superior biological traits, but by mechanical means for which the shoe could as easily have been on the other foot (i.e. Jews using weapons, gas chambers etc. to kill Aryans). A group temporarily having superior military or other advantages is well outside what Darwin was describing."
"A conscious decision is not exempt from natural selection" (Highboy)
You still don't seem to understand the difference between artificial and natural selection. All I can do is encourage you to do some reading with an open mind instead of being in full defensive mode all the time."
Wait a minute, you are a naturalist? Do you not believe you arose via natural means? If man came about by natural means, then shoving Jews into ovens is no different than a wolf taking a fawn by the throat. Natural creatures doing what comes naturally. From whence comes this concept of "artificial" to the naturalist? Logically explain to me how you conceive of this...because if you will allow for anything other than natural occurrences then you are beginning to take those first logical steps towards acknowledging purpose and eventually an Initiator of that purpose. Tread carefully, my illogical friend!
You see, an artist or an artisan does something creative. Abstract thought, creativity, of what use are those to the survival of a species? Contemplating the meaning of the Universe conflicts with getting off your butt and hunting up dinner! Darwinists fail to see that our conscience, our creativity, our ability to consider abstract thoughts are gifts from God, they are slight impersonations of the original Thinker. Self-awareness is typical of vertebrates, certainly even fish let alone dogs...but we do not see any sign of abstract thinking by any living creatures other than man. We alone are three-part creatures designed to mimic our Maker - body, soul and spirit.
On the other hand, bees do intricate calculations on the fly in seconds with variables that would confound a Cray supercomputer. Organisms do things that we are still struggling to comprehend and are designed in ways that we copy and we have the audacity to deny that there is a Designer? That is tremendous folly.
"The fool hath said in his heart, 'there is no God.'"
Rocks aren't alive. Life is.
So think of them as separate. Rocks over here; life over there. (He starts well and then quickly goes astray)
Then along come Robert Hazen and his colleagues with their study, "Mineral Evolution," published in the American Mineralogist and all of a sudden categories shatter. I'm amazed. I hadn't thought of this, even remotely.
Here's what they found:
Operative word here? Story! There is no way Hazen can prove any of this and in fact what scientists say about stars is just more story. We do not see stars forming nor do we have any way to conceive of them forming except from the death of dying stars...but then how would those stars have formed? The formation of stars, like the formation of the Universe and the formation of life and the formation of information? These are all things Darwinists have no answers for other than stories...
Eventually a few of those stars blow up — that's how some stars die — and in a blaze of intense heat, we get the first 12 or so minerals: atoms forged by starbursts. Carbon, nitrogen, silicon, iron all come from stars. Dr. Hazen says the universe's original minerals include (and this is kind of cool) diamonds, as in Lucy in the Sky With… teeny bits of diamond dust floating in deep space.
So how did hard rocks get bent like pliable taffy, huh?
Not a bad number, 1,500.
But life is a great sculptor. One very early form of pond scum figured out how to exhale oxygen into the air, and soon (well, not THAT soon, but soon enough) our atmosphere had enough oxygen to create rust, to combine with organic chemicals to make creatures with shells and bones and those creatures died and became rocks. What is coral but a clump of dead skeletons? Look at the White Cliffs of Dover — that's a heap of dead plankton.
Remember we start with 1,500 minerals before life.
After life, the number jumps to 4,500.
Life begets rocks! Whoa!
Seriously? This is supposed to be science? Minerals are not elements. All the components of every mineral was present when the Earth was formed. This guy was not there when life was formed and he frankly is just throwing suppositions out there like they were facts. Do not be fooled by Darwinist Fairy Tales. Rocks don't make life. Rocks don't decide things, they do not create things, they have no power.
Rocks Of Ages
Oh please. Jesus Christ is the Rock of Ages. Is this an intentional slap in God's face or what?
More like the will of God and a world-wide flood provided vast layers of sedimentary rocks. Not life. Death and destruction due to sin. God caused the rains to fall and the subterranean waters to spout and the tectonic plates to subduct and the volcanoes and earthquakes and possibly threw in a comet while he was at it and the entire planet was remade. New atmosphere. New ecosystem. Fresh start. By the way, if you want to talk population a study of populations and a look at the number of people now living you would count back to almost exactly the time that Noah and his family stepped off of the Ark. Hmmm, yeah, we use REAL science that is testable and fasifiable to measure population growth patterns.
In our broadcast, (click the "Listen" button above to hear our dramatic version of this story), Professor Hazen says: "This is it. It's the coevolution of life and rocks. Rocks make life. Life makes rocks."
So who made the first rocks? Who made the first life? This is supposed to be SCIENCE?!
DANCE with each other? Hard to keep up with these new, complicated ideas provided by naturalistic atheistic science. Want to understand origins? I hope you dance! Hahahahahahahaha!
"Of course this makes sense?" 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
"held together by something like will???!!!" What will? Whose will? Hebrews 1:3 says that God is holding everything together - The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
I just didn't realize that the more life there is, the more rocks there are. Who knew? When you think about it, it seems so beautiful.
The more rocks in your head, you mean? When you think about it, it seems like a complete chump story intended for people with pea brains and no longing to actually understand things. A remarkably juvenile representation of a silly fairy tale.
Special thanks to Chris Impey of Arizona State University who mentions Bob Hazen's study in his new book How It Ends: From You To The Universe, (Norton, 2010). That's how I found out about it.
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.