Evolutionists, almost sarcastically, assert that:
If nothing else evolves on this planet, religion does.
But religious people—and more specifically creationists—fire back and hold a mirror up to the evolutionists:
“Evolutionists are having a lot of problems dealing with current studies in DNA research,” he [Jeffrey Tomkins] stated. “Their predictions based on their naturalistic presuppositions are consistently being overturned by scientific discovery. Because they cannot accept the idea of a Creator, they simply change their theory to adapt. The only thing that appears to be evolving is ‘evolution,’ and it’s becoming more and more absurd.”
- Scott, E. (1993). “Darwin Prosecuted: Darwin on Trial, by Phillip E. Johnson, 1991” in Creation/Evolution. National Center for Science Education, Volume. 13, No. 2, p. 44
- Haley, G. (2013). Groundbreaking Genetic Discoveries Challenge Ape to Human Evolutionary Theory. Christian News Network. Available http://christiannews.net/2013/06/17/groundbreaking-genetic-discoveries-challenge-ape-to-human-evolutionary-theory/. Last accessed 26th Jul 2014.
[Margaret] Hunter quoted a letter from the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology, which says “the Bible, in particular the historical books of the Old Testament, are as accurate historical documents as any that we have from antiquity and are in fact more accurate than many of the Egyptian, Mesopotamian, or Greek histories.”
Ultimately, says Hunter, “The Bible is not a book of mythical stories of made up people fighting made up enemies, but a factual history confirmed by archaeological evidence at least as far back as archaeology has been able to take it.”
Haley, G. (2013). ‘Less Than 1 in 479 Million’: Mathematician Calculates Impossibility of Contriving Creation Account. Christian News Network. Available http://christiannews.net/2013/11/18/less-than-1-in-479-million-mathematician-calculates-impossibility-of-contriving-creation-account/. Last accessed 26th Jul 2014.
The state often does more than just use the language of ethics for its purpose, however. It often promotes immorality in the name of freedom to distract people from their own enslavement. It encourages a definition of liberty as freedom from morality, and classifies sin as human rights. License to sin is defined as the essence of freedom. Such a people then fail to see their enslavement through high taxes, intrusive government, a lower standard of living because of the lower purchasing power of the government’s fiat money, and the abridgement of their historic liberties.
Rushdoony, M. (2013). “How Liberty is a Result of the Gospel” in Faith for All of Life, November/December 2013, p. 3.
Note that slavery occurred throughout the world, in all continents and affecting all people groups (“races”). But atheists attack only the Bible and the Christian west for a humanity-wide evil, whereas it was only the Christianized west that finally abolished this evil and spread this abolition throughout the world.
Cosner, L. (2010). Hoax ‘testimony’ and Hoax endorsement: Is eating shellfish still an abomination? Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/hoax-testimony-hoax-endorsement. Last accessed 26th Jul 2014.
RationalWiki interpreted the Miller-Urey experiment like this:
In the 1950s, several experiments by Stanley Miller and Harold Urey verified that the natural formation of amino acids, components of DNA, and other organic compounds out of inorganic materials was possible under the atmospheric conditions of Primordial Earth.
That interpretation assumes that the atmospheric conditions of a primordial earth have been proven. In any case, Monty White’s interpretation has more depth:
The famous experiment conducted by Stanley Miller in 1953 is often quoted as proof of this [that living organisms evolved from nonliving chemicals]. Yet the results of such experiments show nothing of the sort. These experiments, designed as they are by intelligent humans, show that under certain conditions, certain organic compounds can be formed from inorganic compounds.
In fact, what the intelligent scientists are actually saying is, “If I can just synthesize life in the laboratory, then I will have proven that no intelligence was necessary to form life in the beginning.” Their experiments are simply trying to prove the opposite—that an intelligence is required to create life.
My two cents
- RationalWiki (2013). Abiogenesis. Available http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Abiogenesis. Last accessed 30th Nov 2013.
- White, M. (2008). Hasn’t Evolution Been Proven True? Answers in Genesis. Available https://answersingenesis.org/theory-of-evolution/evidence/hasnt-evolution-been-proven-true/. Last accessed 3rd Aug 2013.
[Michael] Novak seems to think that there is such a thing as social justice “rightly understood.” I am not convinced that right-thinking people should use the term at all. The Left has destroyed it and now they own it. Anyway, what’s is wrong with plain old ‘justice’? How could justice fail to be social? ‘Social justice’ as currently used carries a load of leftist baggage.
Vallicella, B. (2012). What is Social Justice? Maverick Philosopher. Available http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2012/03/what-is-social-justice.html. Last accessed 19th Jul 2014.