It’s Tough Being An Evolutionist
Perhaps not for the evolutionist, Richard Dawkins. He has some bold things to say about those who don’t believe as he does. However I am learning that some scientists are having a rough road being accepted in their field but seeing clearly that what is being taught doesn’t follow their findings.
One such item on the list is the Noah flood. I found this week in my Bible that even Peter predicted that there would be a people that would not believe in the World Wide Flood. It wasn’t always this way. 1,800 years after Peter had written his epistles, the flood of Noah was generally accepted, and up until about 1800 A.D. the interpretation of geology that was taught in the great universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Yale, was based on flood geology. About this time, the theories of Hutton, Lyell, and others initiated a revolution in the interpretation of historical geology. This fulfills Peter’s prophecy:
2 Peter 3:3-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
“knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.”
Besides the Richard Dawkins quote above right, he later adds another element:
- I don’t withdraw a word of my initial statement. But I do now think it may have been incomplete. There is perhaps a fifth category, which may belong under “insane” but which can be more sympathetically characterized by a word like tormented, bullied, or brainwashed. Sincere people who are not ignorant, not stupid, and not wicked can be cruelly torn, almost in two, between the massive evidence of science on the one hand, and their understanding of what their holy book tells them on the other. I think this is one of the truly bad things religion can do to a human mind. There is wickedness here, but it is the wickedness of the institution and what it does to a believing victim, not wickedness on the part of the victim himself.
In the video below, John Heffner goes through a David Letterman like list of “Top Ten” reasons why, because of the advances of science, it’s becoming harder and harder to be an evolutionist. I don’t know if he couldn’t be more humble as well, but the list was informative. Not that he was snarky in any way, but it’s hard to tell the facts and not be a little overwhelmed at the attacks Bible believers get as we face actual facts contradicting what is taught as science.