Evolution - A Faith Commitment
Now you'll note I've qualified the statement by the phrase "those who thoroughly understand the theory." I do so to distinguish the true adherents from those who follow it without thinking because it's the "in" thing to do; it's the majority belief, and they don't want to be out of the main stream or worse - appear ignorant, or as John C. Lennox puts it, they
Such people who know little about evolution apart from the fact that it supposedly tells us where we came from and it's what scientists believe, should read articles like Reclaiming The Intellectual and Moral High Ground - which will inform them both on claims made regarding evolution - and why they're incorrect. If they still believe in evolution, then they appear to have a faith commitment as do other adherents to the Evolutionary faith.
So now that we understand about whom I'm speaking the question becomes how can I defend such a claim? Simply - by the fact that those believe in evolution exhibit the same signs and behaviors as those who follow any other religious faith. As the saying goes, if it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, a quacks like a duck - it's probably a duck. There are a number of such tell tale signs, let me just give you a few off the top of my head:
I don't have time to discuss each of these, so I'll focus on the one that is of particular interest to us because the adherents of evolution claim that it's science. According to both the Scientific Method, and particularly Karl Popper (a scientist and philosopher) for a theory to be science, it must be refutable. In his own words:
Thus if you truly want to claim something is science, there must be some conceivable test that would prove the theory is not true. If no such test is even conceivable, then the event or theory is non-scientific. This is clearly the case for evolution. They won't tell you that, but if you follow evolutionists for any amount of time you'll note that there is nothing that will, in their opinion, ever refute the theory of evolution. The final proof: for evidence that doesn't fit, they'll make up another story about why the evidence really does fit, and why evolution is still true.
In the interest of space, let me give you just two examples.
1. Out of Order Fossils
Cleary this hasn't changed Bill Nye's opinion, and I dare say it hasn't changed the minds of the many evangelists of evolution.
2. The Cambrian Explosion
Celebrated Paleontologist Jay Gould noted: "Nothing Distressed Darwin more than the Cambrian Explosion."5 That is because of the problem indicated above. Darwin himself acknowledged the problem saying:
In other words, evidence of simple pre-Cambrian creatures should exist; it doesn't and Darwin hasn't a clue why not. Clear evidence, but his faith commitment won't let him draw the proper conclusion. The standard answer for evolution's supporters has been that the creatures did exist, but we just can't find the evidence of them in the fossil record. That answer no longer flies, because now scientists have found the tiniest (microscopic embryos) of the most fragile animals (soft sponges) contained in the fossil record in the fossil beds of Chengjiang, China. And they too are of highly complex animals, not the simple animals predicted by Darwinian evolution.
The significance of this find can not be overstated. As philosopher of science Stephen Meyer puts it:
The point: if such claimed pre-cursors to the complex Cambrian animals existed, in the same manner that scientists have found microscopic, soft sponge embryos; likewise they should have found the theorized hard-shelled precursors. They have not. The precursors simply aren't there. Not because it was impossible for them to have been preserved. We have not found them because they are simply not there.
But this makes no difference to the evolutionist. Why? Because their commitment to evolution is not based on science. It's based on faith. Just like the fact that there is evil in the world does not break the faith of Christians who believe that there is a holy, just God who loves us and will judge such evil; neither does the inconvenient truths of out of sequence fossils and complex animals with no ancestors deter the evolutionist from the belief that evolution is true. Both are faith commitments. Never mind the evidence of the Cambrian and out of sequence fossils invalidates the theory of evolution, while the resurrection of Jesus Christ validates the Christian religion. As evolutionists will tell you, evolution is more than a theory. Indeed it is, it's a firm faith commitment. And evolutionists who deny it are fooling only themselves; anyone else who looks objectively at the evidence can see evolution doesn't have a leg - or a pre-Cambrian fossil - to stand on.
Duane Caldwell | posted 5/11/2014
1 As it turned out I elected to post some of the evidences first so that the evidence would be integrated with and be a part of the site, such as the picture of the DNA molecule linked to the evidence of the the information bearing properties of DNA, and the information Coded in the chemical structure of DNA - all universally recognized by scientists.
2 Theologians will tell you that anything that takes the place of God in your life is an idol, and that is true, but I'm not focusing on the moral or theological implications here, I'm merely making the diagnosis at this point.
3 Lennox, John C. Seven Days that Divide the World Grand Rapids,MI: Zondervan, 2011 p. 31
4 Popper, Karl referenced from "Science as Falsification"
5, 6, 7 Darwin's Dilemma, DVD Documentary, Illustra Media, 2009