Lesson 5 of the Truth Project is on “Science: What is True.” It is a two-part lesson, the first of which I attended last week, and finished up the second part today.
The first part of lesson 5 opens with an examination of God’s truth revealed in His creation.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. – Romans 1:18-20
In other words, the very universe around us (it’s majesty, it’s complexity, it’s obvious design) testifies to the reality and truth of God, so that even if humans claim no one told them about God, they are nevertheless without excuse, because creation itself has testified to them.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. – Romans 1:21-23, 25
Do we see this today? Some have exchanged the worship of God as the ultimate source, the ultimate truth, for the worship of the cosmos (remember Carl Sagan?) and man’s reason as the ultimate beginning and end.
Speaking of Carl Sagan, the Truth Project showed a clip of Sagan in an earlier lesson from Sagan’s PBS series “Cosmos” stating that “The cosmos is all there is, all there ever was, and all there ever will be.” Dr. Del Tackett, the host of the Truth Project, asks the question, “If the universe has ‘always been,’ then shouldn’t entropy have rendered it dead by now?”
This lesson also asks the questions, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” and “Why is anything in motion rather than everything still?” and “Why is there order rather than chaos?” and “Why is there life rather than deadness?” and “Why is there music?”
The lesson also reveals how evolutionists and materialists can come up with their fantastic theories to explain a universe without cause, when otherwise we would look at their claims and instantly recognize them for the foolishness they are: time. Quoting George Wald from “The origin of life” in Scientific American:
…Time is the hero of the plot…what we regard as impossible on the basis of human experience is meaningless here. Give so much time, the impossible becomes possible.
In other words, most of the claims of materialists don’t make sense, but if we throw in the key ingredient (billions of years of TIME), then in our minds the impossible somehow becomes possible. After all, millions or billions of years is beyond our human comprehension.
Also examined are some basic assumptions articulated by Sagan in Cosmos:
I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this cosmos
We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads. But to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both.
We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact.
We will see in the course of lesson 5 that assumption 2a is a lie (materialists will not pursue the truth if it leads to God), and assumption 3 is a lie (the vast majority of evolution and materialism is speculation that is being marketed as fact).
Also examined is how the line between science and philosophy has become blurred in the past century. Science attempts to understand the “particulars” of the universe (how it works, etc.) while philosophy is concerned with the “universals” or the big “why” of things. Science has gone beyond the investigation of how things work, to attempting to answer the philosophical “why” of the universe. And in doing so, it has lost it’s way, and a great deal of it’s credibility.
Evolutionists love to claim that Christians are opposed to “science” (they are NOT, they are simply opposed to science that tries to answer the big “why” based on speculation). Yet scientist Johannes Kepler, a creationist, said
The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God.
Some say evolution is no longer a theory but is established FACT. This means it has become recognized as a scientific LAW. Yet while science normally requires repeatable testing, observation and verification, evolution has somehow been given a free pass from these requirements. We have never observed evolution occurring, we have no recorded evidence that it occurred, and we have no tests that can make it occur. Yet we call it “fact.”
Lesson 5 also points out that evolutionists have not only moved science from the particulars to the universals, they have moved from the objective to the religious in their attitudes. Do you see anything “religious,” dogmatic, or judgmental in this statement from Richard Dawkins:
It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I’d rather not consider that).
I wonder if Dawkins realized that in making the value judgment implicit in the term “wicked” that he was dangerously close to showing his hand, and revealing that evolution is a religion to him?
Tackett points out another important truth about the creation/evolution debate. Contrary to the claims of evolutionists, creationists do not deny the evidence, they do not deny the fossil record or anything that science has showed us. Yet they reach a different conclusion. Tackett uses the analogy of a football game where one set of fans clearly sees a touchdown, where another set of fans clearly sees an “incomplete.” Only one is true, yet both are convinced of a different reality. Is bias and presupposition a factor? Evolutionists will never admit to bias or presupposition, but it is every bit as present as it is for the creationist.
Tackett also highlights the tremendous discipline it takes for the evolutionist to keep on believing in random progression, especially in the face of all the evidence to the contrary. Consider this quote from Francis Crick: “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.” In other words, no matter how much this looks like it was designed, keep telling yourself it evolved randomly.
Even Darwin had these unpleasant intrusions from reality: “I remember well the time when the thought of the eye made me cold all over, but I have got over this stage of the complaint, and now small trifling particulars of structure often make me very uncomfortable. The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail, whenever I gaze at it, makes me sick!” Remember what Romans 1 said above?
Part 2 of the lesson today examined a biological function a simple as blood clotting, and how it is evidence of design. What did organisms do until the function of blood clotting “evolved?” One tiny injury to the organism and it would bleed to death. What a wonder that any organisms survived long enough to “evolve” blood clotting. The odds are so high, it’d almost be considered a miracle…but that would assume a supernatural agent, which we must not even consider!
In fact, Crick essentially said so himself:
An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.
What a refreshing, if incomplete, admission of honesty!
Darwin also laid out the test of veracity for his own theory:
If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.
In fact, many scientists have become convinced that the gradual, successive changes posited by Darwin are in fact impossible. So they have come up with the theory of “directed panspermia” which finds that living cells are so complex that even the billions of theoretical years the earth has existed would not be enough time to evolve that kind of function and complexity, so the first living cell on earth must have been transported to earth from some other planet outside our solar system. (Haven’t I said before that evolution is “science fiction?”)
Scientists who are hopelessly devoted (enslaved?) to their religion of evolution face some tough choices when they are smacked in the face with the reality that the universe is far too complex to have come into existence without design. They are so desperate that they will come up with more and more outlandish theories in order to escape facing the one conclusion that is utterly unacceptable: that there is a Creator to which they are accountable.
Consider this statement from George Wald in Scientific American:
Most modern biologists, having reviewed with satisfaction the downfall of the spontaneous generation hypothesis, yet unwilling to accept the alternate belief in special creation, are left with nothing. I think a scientist has no choice but to approach the origin of life through a hypothesis of spontaneous generation.
The lesson examines irreducible complexity. This is where one part of an organism has no purpose or function without other parts, so there is no “evolutionary need” for the development of one part until others involved in the process develop, but they too have no need to exist without the others–so many parts would have had to spontaneously evolve at the same time and coincidentally work together to perform some useful function. Quite a stretch?
For an example, consider the simple mousetrap. Do any of it’s parts (the piece of wood, the spring, the trigger, the locking arm, the locking ring) serve any useful function without all the others? The simple mousetrap would perform no useful function without all the parts in the exact correct configuration.
Michael Behe in Darwin’s Black Box examines this unworkable problem for evolutionists and compares it to Darwin’s own test of veracity for his theory of evolution:
To Darwin, the cell was a “black box”–its inner workings were utterly mysterious to him. Now, the black box has been opened up and we know how it works. Applying Darwin’s test to the ultra-complex world of molecular machinery and cellular systems that have been discovered over the past 40 years, we can say that Darwin’s theory as “absolutely broken down.”
Another of Darwin’s veracity tests is examined:
…[T]he number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth, [must] be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graded organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.
That was 150 years ago. We have seen much more of the geologic column that had been discovered in Darwin’s time. So have we found those myriad transitional forms which prove evolution? Uh, no.
Even Stephen Jay Gould admits that, “The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of the fossils.”
Scientists have also come up with a new theory to explain evolution since Darwin’s theory obviously doesn’t cut the mustard: punctuated equilibrium. This theory basically posits that there was sudden, immediate change in organisms, that organisms remained stable for many years, and would suddenly evolve into new species, remain stable for many more generations, then suddenly evolve again.
I wonder what theoretically triggers such sudden changes. And I wonder how it happens that out of the alleged millions of years there has been life on earth, how it happened that two biologically compatible organisms, capable of complimentary reproduction, happened to exist at the same time to be able to reproduce and carry forward such spontaneous changes? But when you’re dealing with sci-fi, I guess anything is possible in the movies…and in evolution.
Why are evolution scientists so willing to come up with wild theories that just don’t hold up under the very laws of nature they claim to worship? I believe that it is because evolution is a form of worship. A worship of the universe, or a worship of man’s reason. And the motivation to hold onto that belief is not generated by scientific integrity, but by a religious and philosophical faith.
I believe the following revealing statement from Richard G. Bozarth in American Atheist demonstrates that evolution is a religiously dogmatic position:
Evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of God. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing.”
The theory of evolution is a religious, worldview-attack on Christianity.
Evolution is not science, but a philosophy, a religion–a religion that holds the universe or man’s reason as deity.
The Truth Project also quotes S. Lovtrup:
I believe that one day the Darwinian myth will be ranked the greatest deceit in the history of science. When this happens, many people will pose the question: How did this ever happen?
I couldn’t agree more.