Why fight for evolution?

Today’s post may ramble a bit. Fairly warned ye be.

I had never intended to start an evolution/creation blog, but that seems to be the direction the blog has taken for the present. That’s fine with me; I’m certain that exciting happenings in science will tug at my fancy. For now, it’s evolution, and as I regard victory in the war on evolution as vital for our continued survival, I’m happy to give it center stage for a time.

That may have seemed like idle hyperbole. Certainly it’s important to protect evolutionary theory from the ideological attacks on it, in this country (the US) and in all others. If we fail, the US stands to fall behind the rest of the world in scientific competency. Not only that, but if the soldiers of religious wingnuttery are able to censor science, what’s to prevent their influence from entering other areas of public life? What’s to stop them from outlawing homosexuality, or undermining religious freedoms? All these are nontrivial concerns, but none of them threaten our survival as a species.

I fight so hard for evolution not only for the theory itself, but for its necessary implications. The fact that humans share a common ancestor with all other life makes one long-held notion virtually untenable: that humans are somehow above and separate from the rest of life. Evolution makes it uncomfortably difficult to believe that humans were made “in God’s own image.” We are a part of the life of this world, we came to be in the same way as anything else, and we are subject to the same laws of nature as anything else. It is unspeakably vital that we all grasp this fact, and soon.

Again, the urgency with which I advocate this idea may seem strange. What harm is there in some people’s believing that humans are somehow exalted over other organisms? The danger is in the actions such a belief permits. If humans are exalted over all other life, than we are free to do what we will with all other life. In fact, “civilized” humans have done whatever they would with all other life for thousands of years, and the results are all around us. Fisheries are collapsing, vast areas of forest are destroyed daily, the products of agriculture and industry are driving global temperatures up, and estimates hold that dozens of species are driven extinct every day. This is a direct result of the idea that the world was made for us, and that we were made to make what we would of the world.

Accepting the more humble origin of humanity does not utterly banish this notion, but it does make it difficult to maintain. If we are simply a natural outgrowth of the processes that shaped this planet, it is hardly possible to justify our treating it as our personal property.

I fight, because fighting for evolution means fighting for humanity.

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12 Responses to “Why fight for evolution?”

  1. cdavidparsons Says:

    When fighting for evolution, you are actually persecuting the Creator of all, Jesus, the Christ.

    THE BIGGER PICTURE IN THE DEBATE ON DARWINISM IS NOT INTELLIGENT DESIGN.

    The reason is elementary: the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents leave out the Triune God, Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Hence, Richard Dawkins can make the case for “aliens” seeding the earth.

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    The text begins simply enough, tracing the history of Darwin from an impressionable youth influenced by atheists and agnostics on every hand to a full-fledged agnostic in his own right. The matter may be summed up by the inclusion of Darwin’s sentiment regarding the Creator. In a bitter denial of Christianity, Darwin complained that he “could hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so, the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished. And this is a damnable doctrine.” Darwin charged his original belief in God to the “constant inculcation” (instruction or indoctrination) in a belief in God” during his childhood, which was as difficult to cast down as “for a monkey to throw off its instinctive fear and hatred of a snake…. Darwin purposed in his heart that he would no longer retain God in his knowledge. And the scientific illiterate upstart sought to entrap the innocents in the classroom in his web of deceit.

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  2. soulbiscuit Says:

    Thanks for the post, Mr. Parsons.

    When fighting for evolution, you are actually persecuting the Creator of all, Jesus, the Christ.

    I’m sure you’re aware that, for a claim to be scientific, there must be evidence in support of it. What evidence do you have that Jesus is the creator of all? What do you say to Christians like Ken Miller who have no problem with evolution?

    The reason is elementary: the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents leave out the Triune God, Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Hence, Richard Dawkins can make the case for “aliens” seeding the earth.

    The Discovery Institute leave God out so they can sneak their theory into classrooms. And you have quotemined Richard Dawkins. He was never “made the case” for aliens seeding the Earth. He only acknowledged the possibility, as any good scientist would.

    The Quest for Right, a series of 7 textbooks created for the public schools, represents the ultimate marriage between an in-depth knowledge of biblical phenomena and natural and physical sciences.

    You have failed in the first sentence, I’m afraid. The very fact that you have “married” physical science and “biblical phenomena” means that your textbook series can never be used in US public schools.

    The several volumes have accomplished that which, heretofore, was deemed impossible: to level the playing field between those who desire a return to physical science in the classroom and those who embrace the theory of evolution.

    Perhaps you can explain to me why the theory of evolution is not science.

    The text begins simply enough, tracing the history of Darwin from an impressionable youth influenced by atheists and agnostics on every hand to a full-fledged agnostic in his own right. …

    Darwin’s beliefs have nothing to do with the veracity of evolutionary theory. It worries me that I have to remind you of this, since you claim to have composed a series of science textbooks.

    Once past the history of the Darwinist movement, the architecture of the quantum atom is explored in great detail. This is breathtakingly new!

    What does the structure of the atom have to do with evolutionary theory?

    What qualifies you to overturn the work of generations of physicists?

    The book is a virtual smorgasbord of good things to taste: a few of the entertaining subjects include: …

    Few if any of those subjects have anything to do with evolution. They also appear to have very little to do with established science. What do you mean by “magical” math?

    You then claim that this book is equally useful in the public classroom, and in the seminary. Um what? Are you planning to publish these in the US? You have heard of the Constitution, have you not?

    If I had any inkling that any American public school would ever use these books, I would be abjectly terrified. They seem a gross misrepresentation of what is meant by science, and an attempt to indoctrinate children with distrust of any scientists whose findings (which are based on reality) happen to contradict a literal interpretation of scripture.

    I will be checking out your site, however. I need to find out more about this one.

  3. Pennie Says:

    “Quest for Right turns the tide by providing an authoritative and enlightening scientific explanation of natural phenomena which will ultimately dethrone the unprofitable Darwinian view.”

    “unprofitable”?

    Freudian slip?

  4. cdavidparsons Says:

    Or course, you casting down a book which you haven’t read. That speaks volumes about your agenda. It is time to be “abjectly terrified.”

  5. Matt Says:

    I wouldn’t be too worried. This particular buffoon seems to do nothing but trolls around wordpress blogs, pasting in spam for his shoddy products whenever he can.

  6. soulbiscuit Says:

    Or course, you casting down a book which you haven’t read. That speaks volumes about your agenda. It is time to be “abjectly terrified.”

    The summary material on your website bespeaks no scientific literacy whatever. This indicates to me that you are casting aspersions at sound scientific theory, even though you clearly do not fully understand it.

    I wouldn’t be too worried. This particular buffoon seems to do nothing but trolls around wordpress blogs, pasting in spam for his shoddy products whenever he can.

    Aw, I was beginning to think I was special!

  7. twilit Says:

    I like this blog. Reminds me that there are other sensible people out there in this country.

  8. neoprose Says:

    After being directed to your blog from this thread:

    http://www.richarddawkins.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=908282#p908282

    I was indeed also a little disgusted by the sheer arrogance of this charlatan, spreading his unconstitutional and severely detrimental to modern existence, rot.

    It is sad to see theomite spammers flooding the internet.

    Nice blog.🙂

  9. soulbiscuit Says:

    I was indeed also a little disgusted by the sheer arrogance of this charlatan, spreading his unconstitutional and severely detrimental to modern existence, rot.

    Thankfully, his rot is so rotten (and insane) that I don’t see it catching on, even in CreoLand. In fact, people like him are the greatest evidence for intelligent design: they demonstrate that God put them here to amuse the rest of us.

    I like this blog. Reminds me that there are other sensible people out there in this country.

    Nice blog.

    Thanks!

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  11. Sirius Says:

    Oh my.

    You’ve decided that man is no more than an animal or a fungus, have you? We’re not above it all. We’re a product of evolution and just as subject to possible extinction as any other critter.

    You’ve forgotten to take into account sapience. I don’t often give Richard Dawkins any credit, but at least he’s been wise enough to recognize that there’s something about humanity that’s different. He supposes that we’re the first creatures who might transcend evolution, since our intellect gives us a severe advantage over natural selection.

    The rest of your post is tiresome screed. Your attempts to wave the flag of eco-nuttery are laughable at best.

    –Sirius Knott

    –Sirius Knott

  12. soulbiscuit Says:

    You’ve decided that man is no more than an animal or a fungus, have you? We’re not above it all. We’re a product of evolution and just as subject to possible extinction as any other critter.

    Of course humans are different from other animals, but that doesn’t mean we are not animals ourselves. There is nothing in the definition of “animal” that excludes humans.

    Of course we are subject to possibe extinction! What do you think excludes us from it? If a giant meteorite slams into Earth, sets half of it on fire and blankets the rest of it in darkness, we’ll go extinct with every other large animal. Ditto if we kill off all the fisheries, cut down too many forests, etc.

    If you don’t agree with the above, try actually posting an argument instead of another list of unsupported assertions.

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