Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Opus 2022-077: How Many Tornados Does it Take...

A key concept that ties liberals together is evolution.  I am hearing it from psychologists and they talk about the evolution of the mind.  Currently I am listening to a discussion hosted by Jordan Peterson and joined by Steven Pinker and Jonathan Haidt.  I had never heard of either of them but I find that our local libraries have their books.  They are all steeped in evolution and it is their fall back position.  What was fascinating was the referral to Pascal’s “God shaped vacuum” and the inference that it somehow evolved.  They admitted that it existed but somehow felt that it improved our survival somehow.  

Evolution is a world view that is necessary if you are going to elevate the primacy of man and discard the existence of the God of the Bible.  It is supposed to be factual and yet even on this podcast of three scholars they could not agree on how it worked.  Where I come from that is called brainstorming and imagination, not scientific research.  They are unaware of the conflict.

As a philosophical concept evolution seems very useful as a word for change and variety.  As a principle in micro-evolution is can be of value in science.  As a scientific fact it is bogus.  Keep in mind two important bits of information:  First, there is not enough time for evolution to have happened.  One of my favorite comments on this is offered by Michael Crichton in one of his novels.  I concede that it is a novel but Crichton believed in evolution and I believe was a trained medical doctor so it isn’t like it is coming from Facebook.

“And to imagine all those things happen purely by chance is like imagining that a tornado can hit a junkyard and assemble the parts of a working 747 airplane.” p. 227
Second, all the links are missing.  Yes they have found a few things that have scales and feathers and I found reference recently of a fish skeleton that seemed to have fingers, but those are the results of thousands, possibly millions, of changes that are totally missing from the evidence.  I would also question the interpretation of what the fossils show.

In spite of that they keep believing.  And at the same time claiming Christians are against science and reason.

Crichton, Michael.  The Lost World.  New York:  Ballantine Books, 1995.

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