We Are Radical

Bringing radical thoughts worth pondering (A blog of poriruachurch.com)

Creation or Evolution

As he witnessed the frantic attempts of the religious leaders in the 19th century to reconcile the biblical account of creation with the theory of evolution, Thomas Huxley scornfully dismissed the Bible as “…so marvellously flexible that it could be made to mean whatever its users might wish it to mean!” Some 50 years later during the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial,” the press heaped ridicule upon the attempts of William Jennings Bryan and the creationists to defend Genesis by equating the “days” of creation with the vast “ages” of geology.

Time and again, the Bible has suffered when it was “defended” by those who sought to reinterpret it in the light of current evolutionary teaching. Such misguided efforts at compromise have stemmed from a failure to recognise that the theory of evolution is the mortal enemy of Christianity. On the other hand, many leading proponents of this theory openly acknowledge that evolutionary doctrine is the cornerstone of today’s most virulent anti-Christian systems of thought. Consider some of Christianity’s most uncompromising enemies–Atheism, Communism, etc.–in the light of some of the following comments by leading evolutionists.

Atheism

In the evolutionary system of thought there is no longer need for the supernatural. The earth was not created; it evolved–so did religion. Evolutionary man no longer takes refuge from his loneliness by creeping for shelter into the arms of a divinised father figure whom he himself has created. -Sir Julian Huxley

Communism

In an age of social Darwinism the combination of the ideas of struggles, of historical evolution, and of progress proved irresistible. In urging these lessons Marx and Engels set the pattern of all subsequent Marxist polemics by using what may be called the evolutionist’s double standard; “when you do it, it’s wrong, because you are the past; when we do it, it’s right, for we are the future.” The mood–borrowed from science–is that of a mighty ruthlessness. History, like nature, is tough. -Jacques Barzun

Social Darwinism

To see evolutionary measures and tribal morality being applied vigorously to the affairs of a great modern nation we must turn again to Germany of 1942. We see Hitler devoutly convinced that evolution produces the only real basis for a national policy.…The means he adopted to secure the destiny of his race and people were organised slaughter, which has drenched Europe in blood.…Such conduct is highly immoral as measured by every scale of ethics, yet Germany justifies it; it is consistent with tribal or evolutionary morality. Germany has reverted to the tribal past and is demonstrating to the world, in their naked ferocity, the methods of evolution. -Sir Arthur Keith

Situation Ethics

An ethical system that bases its premises on absolute pronouncements will not usually be acceptable to those who view human nature by evolutionary criteria. -Arno G. Motulsky

(Quotations are from The Troubled Waters of Evolution by H. M. Morris.)

Some evolutionists may protest that they accept the Bible as the word of God and reject all of the above views. However, this is possible only for those who are able to ignore the implications of the theory. One of the greatest modern evolutionists, Sir Arthur Keith, wrote in his book Evolution and Ethics, “The law of Christ is incompatible with the law of evolution–as far as the law of evolution has worked hitherto. Nay, the two laws are at war with each other, the law of Christ can never prevail until the law of evolution is destroyed.”

Jesus said, “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit” (Matt.7:18).

Rex Banks, Enduring Words, February 1982

Advertisements

About Porirua Church

We are the Lord's church that meets in Porirua, New Zealand. Visit poriruachurch.com.

Information

This entry was posted on 01/02/1982 by in Apologetics.
%d bloggers like this: