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Evaluations of Darwin’s speculations

Macroevolution, the belief that one species can evolve into a totally different species, is often assumed to be true because it’s taught in public schools, many scientists back it, and those who buy into it either hate the idea of God’s involvement in creation or they want to minimize his influence. Scientists have also made the assumption that since microevolution, or changes within a species occurring because of what is already present in that species’ genes, is common then that must mean macroevolution is possible. Even Darwin called the idea of macroevolution a theory and it’s a theory which did not originate with him, but he became the most prominent figure to espouse the idea.  Here’s what he said about this theory:

“When on board H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America … On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question [of origin of species] by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it. After five years’ work I allowed myself to speculate on the subject, and drew up some short notes; …

In the five succeeding chapters, the most apparent and gravest difficulties in accepting the theory will be given: namely, first, the difficulties of transitions, …” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶¶1, 8 (emphasis mine).

Darwin also acknowledged his theory was not the only possible explanation of species–“Furthermore, I am convinced that natural selection has been the most important, but not the exclusive, means of modification.” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶9 (emphasis mine).

In essence, Darwin took the facts he observed and twisted the facts to suit his own personal beliefs. Although he grew up in a Christian home, he rebelled against what he was taught. It might be possible that he blamed God for his mother’s death in his early childhood. But here are some other statements made by Darwin in comparison to the Bible:

  • “Although much remains obscure, and will long remain obscure, I can entertain no doubt, after the most deliberate study and dispassionate judgment of which I am capable, that the view which most naturalists until recently entertained, and which I formerly entertained–namely, that each species has been independently created–is erroneous.” Origin of Species, Introduction, ¶9 (emphasis mine)
  • Genesis 1 says God created each species individually after its own kind.
  • Darwin said, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
  • According to the Bible, there are many problems which science cannot solve.  Science cannot deal with the sin in one’s heart, it does not always heal sickness, nor can it resist devilish forces.  Only God through Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:9), heal every disease (Psalm 103:2-3), and give us victory over evil spirits (Luke 10:19).
  • Darwin said, “In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.”
  • Although adapting oneself to one’s environment helps one survive, the Bible is filled with examples of God defending the weak against those who are stronger in spite of adapting (e.g. David vs. Goliath, Moses vs. Pharoah, Elijah vs. Ahab and Jezebel, etc.).  It is ultimately God who determines whether a nation stands or falls (Jeremiah 18:7-8).
  • Darwin said, ” Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress”
  • God clearly states in his word that man will become worse in his sinfulness (2 Timothy 3:1-5).  God will have to punish man with plagues and ultimately destroy sinful man and the earth because of man’s ever-increasing evil (Revelation 6-20).
  • Darwin said, “I am a strong advocate for free thought on all subjects, yet it appears to me (whether rightly or wrongly) that direct arguments against christianity & theism produce hardly any effect on the public; & freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follow[s] from the advance of science. It has, therefore, been always my object to avoid writing on religion, & I have confined myself to science. I may, however, have been unduly biased by the pain which it would give some members of my family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion”
  • Darwin claimed to have avoided direct attacks on religion, but his theories are just that.  Science can help man understand certain things about his world, however “[t]he fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  And Darwin was a fool indeed.  God can reveal much more about science to those who seek him out than people like Darwin who want to avoid him altogether.

Darwin had the wisdom of this world which is foolishness with God.  His theories will one day be  shown openly to be complete folderol, poppycock, and utterly bogus.  He was a man who was “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) and those who follow his beliefs are like him.

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13 thoughts on “Evaluations of Darwin’s speculations

  1. “Darwin had the wisdom of this world which is foolishness with God. His theories will one day be shown openly to be complete folderol, poppycock, and utterly bogus.”
    Idiots, fools and morons have been saying that since the day Darwin’s book was published. Add one moron to the list that apparently thinks science to be the work of the devil…

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  2. You don’t understand the concept of a scientific theory. A scientific theory has been rigorously tested time and again, modified to best reflect the available evidence. Just like gravity is a theory and that germs cause disease is a theory … well, you get the general idea.
    In short, the evidence for evolution is so staggeringly overwhelming that it is only those who hold a large misunderstanding of it that claim it is not true.

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  3. Dan,

    I don’t think science in general is the work of the devil. Darwin’s version of false science is. Genuine science is truthful and would support statements made in the Bible. False science makes presumptions that are contrary to God’s truth, then twists the facts to support its lies.

    Matt,

    Scientific theory is not always rigorously tested time and again to reflect the best available evidence. There is no evidence whatsoever in existence that shows that man existed in an earlier form than his present form. Scientists who hold to Darwin’s theories have dug up bones of animals (in many instances bones of apes) and then have concluded that since they are human-like, they must be man’s ancestors. They want evolution to be true so much that they will lie if they have to in order to dupe people into supporting them. If you tell a lie to a person long enough, they will tend to believe it if they are not the type to try to investigate on their own.

    In short, evolution is a cleverly orchestrated syllogism founded on the type of thinking that says “Since men and apes are very similar in their characteristics, they must have had the same ancestor.” It then proceeds to attempt to prove the syllogism.

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  4. Yes, just keep telling yourself that it’s not real, or it’s false, or whatever you like. Clasping your hands over your ears and shouting ‘La la la la’ isn’t goning to make it go away, you sacrimonious idiot.

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  5. Maybe the Earth is the center of the Universe, right. The Bible says that the Earth was created ~6000 years ago, is flat and the center of the Universe – that’s the word of God speaking!
    God said it, you believe it, that settles it – right?
    At the risk of repeating myself – yes, you ARE an idiot.

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  6. Sure it does. As to geocentrism:

    One is Ecclesiastes 1:5:
    The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
    Another is in Joshua 10, 12–13, where the Sun and Moon are said to stop in the sky:[7]
    Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
    In Psalm 104, 5 (according to King James Version numbering) this verse is found:
    [God] (w)ho laid the foundations of the Earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
    A suggestion that the Earth is stationary is Isaiah 66:1:
    Thus saith the Lord: Heaven is my throne, and the earth my footstool.
    And another in Chronicles 16:30
    Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

    So, I’m wondering… have read the Bible as carefully as you think?

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  7. Actually, that’s pretty funny – you don’t even realize that Flat-Earthers and Geocentrists used references to the Bible to support their arguments, and that Galileo was convicted because, *gasp*, he argued that the Earth rotated around the Sun and not the other way around!

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  8. What’s funny is that you’ve quoted scriptures that have nothing to do with the Earth being flat or the center of the universe. I’m well aware that people in earlier times misquoted the Bible to argue their point. People misquote scriptures a lot to promote their wrong way of thinking–just like you have above.

    Even today when it’s dawn, we call it the sunrise or the sun coming up and at dusk we call it the sunset or the sun going down. These are simply references to where the sun is in relation to where we see it on the horizon or where we see it in the sky (duh!). So why criticize Biblical writers?

    The references to the earth not being moved means that it occupies the same path in the universe. In other words, the Earth never travels to Jupiter’s coordinates.

    “It is he [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:” (Isaiah 40:22, note: ancient Hebrew didn’t have a word for sphere, so “circle” was used)

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  9. Ah, so the earlier flat-earthers misquoted the Bible, but you’re quoting it properly. Right.
    Somehow, I think that those flat-earthers would be the ones insulting your knowledge of the Bible, if we could go back in time and talk to them. Similarly, it seems very likely that, in 1 or 2 hundred years, Biblical scholars will be calling references like yours, to Timothy at the top of this thread, as misquoted and misrepresenting Christianity.
    Either way, both you and the flat-earthers are quoting scripture to argue things that have nothing to do with scripture, and are not the point of the scriptures in the first place. They were speaking about what it means to be human, and were quite right in many respects, but knew hardly anything about science. Are we to fault them for that? No. And I don’t fault you for giving a d#?* about religion – it’s a very noble thing.
    But I do think that you’re a moron for using the Bible as a science textbook. If you want to talk about what it means to be human, quote the Bible all you want. If you want to talk about ecology, evolution, and medicine, then please, put your Bible away and stop hating science and scientists, okay?

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  10. I don’t hate science or scientists. Just because someone has several degrees behind their name and promotes theories doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be questioned or corrected if they’re wrong. It’s not my fault Darwin got his facts twisted. He didn’t do his homework correctly.

    Since God created Earth, its creatures, and nature, the Bible gives us the basics on understanding how everything works and for what purpose, whether natural or spiritual. God set things in motion and has a hand in everything that pertains to man, whether natural or spiritual, including the sciences. Even when he discusses one subject in the Bible, if we listen carefully we learn things from him about other subjects in the process. So, no, I will not put down my Bible when it comes to science.

    “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)

    “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. … The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:99, 130)

    “When he prepared the heavens, I [wisdom] was there: when he set a compass (circle, circuit) upon the face of the depth:” (Proverbs 8:27)

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