Asking Evolutionists To Own All Their Theory

May 25, 2007

Stephen Webb, professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College has written a dead-on article in the latest issue of “First Things” Journal about the ultimate implications of Evolutionary theory and its proponents.

His first paragraph really lays down the hammer:

The dirty Darwinian secret is now out of the closet: If evolution is true, then it must be true about everything. Most Darwinians used to be very restrained about the relevance of their theory for cultural and moral issues, for obvious reasons. If evolution is true about everything, then randomness and competition are the foundations for the highest human ideals as well as the lowest organic life forms. Scientists have trouble enough restricting Darwinism to biology. What if that restriction is unscientific? What parents would want their children being taught that Darwinism explains not only speciation but also altruism?

In the rest of the article, he discusses the views of several biological and non-biological evolutionists. It appears that Evolutionists have finally braved the world of implication and reality. Instead of confining their theory to what may have happened in mankind’s history, they now bring the whole theory to where you and I live.

Now they are beginning to ask the questions that they should have asked a century ago: What makes us love, have babies, work at the jobs we do, go to church, give to the poor, spend our money or save it, go to war, value beauty and end our lives? They try to explain these things following two primary conceptual straight-edges:

1. What mankind holds onto makes us stronger
2. Anything which makes us weaker as a species eventually disappears.

What you get when you read the implications of evolutionists is that we are completely determined by our biological destiny and there isn’t a blasted thing we can do about it. They are more Calvinist than Calvin and less optimistic. Ultimately, we are determined only by our genetic makeup and the fittest will ultimately (and should ultimately) survive.

What they have failed for a century to admit is that there is no reason for any of us to recognize right or wrong. If we simply encourage everyone to do what they want to do, the resulting species of man will be stronger and more able to survive what the Universe will throw at it. It explains why the Turkish people in 1915 killed 2 million Armenians and why the Hutus and Tutsis used each other so sadistically in 1994. Apparently they needed to be “culled from the herd” as good evolutionary nomenclature would frame it.

If that sounds like a rude, brash and heartless paragraph, remember that it represents Evolution at its most bold and honest moment. There is no real reason to do anything to help another person unless that somehow biologically is your destiny. Then you have no choice but to help them. Don’t talk anyone out of suicide, unless you want to…and that isn’t anything you can claim as a virtue…you are simply helping out the survival of the human race. But perhaps you would allow another person to die because he ought to be eliminated from the human race as a weakling.

This, by the way, is the same logic used in World War 2 when the scientists in Germany proposed that all mental patients be incinerated along with those with spinal cord injuries. These were the weaklings diluting the purity of the Aryan Race. Selective attempts at Evolutionary manipulation have been condemned, but no one has ever explained what makes these genocidal experiments wrong by evolution standards. Aren’t the strong surviving? Aren’t the fittest proving it by their victory?

Christianity stands opposed to Evolution, not just on scientific grounds, but because it does not meet one basic minimum standard for the human race: It gives us no internal sense of hope or freedom. There is no hope in Evolution because we have no way of believing that our lives mean anything at all or that we aren’t one of the weaker parts that need to be eliminated. There is no freedom because our biology already determines how we will act, feel, think and decide.

Christianity says that God loves us, protects us and offers us a better way in relationship with Him. His rules are laid out to protect the weak and give hope to the hopeless. Darwinian Evolution would allow the weak to waste away.

Now that all the cards are on the table, which hand would you rather play: Evolution’s or God’s?



  1. If Darwinian theory – survival of the fittest – were true, think of all the wonderful people we would miss out on knowing or being entertained, inspired, and blessed by. Following is a short list:

    Jim Abbott – baseball player, Olympic gold medalist in 1988; one of only a few players who went straight from high school to major leagues. Born with only one hand.
    Tom Cruise – dyslexia
    Patty Duke – manic depressive
    Steven Hawking – Lou Gehrig’s Disease
    Lou Gehrig – same
    Marlee Matlin – Academy award-winning actress and stand-up comedian; became deaf in infancy due to Roseola infantum.
    Terrence Parkin – silver medalist in swimming at 2000 Sydney Olympics – born deaf
    Itzhak Perlman – contracted polio at age 4; walks with braces. One of the world’s best violinists.
    Patricial Polacco – writer. Diagnosed with dyslexia, dysnumeria and dysgraphia at the age of 14. Did not learn to read until well after she was 14.
    Christopher Reeve – actor – injured in horse riding accident, paralyzed from the neck down.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt – former President of the U.S. – paralyzed by polio in 1921; he directed the March of Dimes program that eventually funded an effective vaccine.
    Marla Runyan – first legally blind athlete to compete in an Olympics
    Heather Whitestone (1995 Miss America) – deafness

    There are so many, many more.

  2. God

  3. I agree with your analysis. Most people in life don’t buy into evolutionary theory for the very reason that we have deep-seated intuitions about the way reality actually operates and no amount of scientific “evidence” ever has or will ever have a bearing on their view. If we didn’t have these intuitions moral monsters could just as well be moral heroes and vice-versa; Sunsets and rainbows could be aesthetically repugnant; slavery and genocide could be tolerated or praiseworthy. There would’ve been no reason to fight and condemn the Nazis, for the notion of justice and absolute moral standards (that transcend time, space and cultures) would be simply socially-culturally relative, but people know deep down that that’s not true. One good way to pin down someone who holds to an evolutionary view is to show them the consequences of holding the view then work back to the principles that drive that outcome and show that it’s the principles that are flawed. Most people in our lives never take the time to think out the logical implications of the views they hold. I often wonder how it is that most college-age kid’s heads don’t explode when they go to one class, say an ethics class, and are told that the Nazis were acting like animals and then go off to their biology classes only to find out that we “are” animals.

  4. Thank you both for your comments. They are very insightful and well-written. Indeed, if the primary implications of Darwinism are genocide and narcissism, then as mankind realizes this, it must walk away from that philosophy.

  5. In my conversations with those who ascribe to some variation of evolution I’ve asked about motivation for personal behavior and responsibility within the social setting. invariably they default to a cosmic balance of sowing and reaping, often termed Karma or the universe balancing itself out. An atheistic “do unto others” if you will. Not surprisingly, where this cosmic balance comes from, they can not say.

    I find it odd that these individuals are willing to trust in an amoral, lifeless, universal cosmic scale of good deeds verse bad deeds instead of a loving and just God who wants the best for them. Go figure.

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