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. 227Second, 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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