DID you miss it? Charles Darwin’s birthday on 12th February was celebrated by his fans around the world as International Darwin Day. The darwinday.org. website invited people to “Celebrate the birthday of a man whose intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and hunger for truth continues to inspire millions of people all over the world.”
‘TAKE COURAGE FROM DARWIN’
A special Darwin Day lecture was held in London. The theme was “Taking courage from Darwin to fight the hubris of faith,” and the speaker was Professor Richard Dawkins. The event was chaired by Professor Alice Roberts, who is suceeeding him as Chair of Humanists UK, and who presented him with a Darwin Day Medal.1
Prof. Dawkins accused theologians of “making stuff up”, then went on to admit: “We don’t know what the common ancestor of humans and chimps looked like…. How did life begin? I don’t know — nobody knows. I wish we did. How and when did language evolve? We don’t know.” He said: “If you are a theologian ignorance is something to be shamelessly washed away by making something up.”
After stating that the universe had evolved from “nothing”, Prof. Dawkins freely admitted that there are problems science has still not been able to solve, including the origin of consciousness and the laws of physics, and “why there is something rather than nothing.” He followed these admissions with the statement: “Religion has contributed literally zero to what we know…. However improbable the naturalistic answer to the riddle of existence, the theistic alternative is even more so.” He showed a picture of Sir Isaac Newton on the screen, but conveniently ignored the fact that Newton, like all our pioneer scientists, was a firm believer in a Creator-God.
NO NEW EVIDENCE
His 48-minute lecture, read from a script, was quite dull and uninspiring, interspersed with a few sarcastic comments about theists, which raised a few laughs from the audience. However, the lecture provided no new evidence in support of evolution, and was mainly an attack on those who opposed a naturalistic view of origins. Prof. Dawkins’ claim that theologians “make stuff up” was ironic in view of the fact that evolutionists constantly do this to support their theory! He ended his lecture with his depressing “atheist creed” (left). This is the logical conclusion of a Darwinistic view of life!
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CHURCH
Maybe it’s really no surprise that, in spite of relentless evolutionary propaganda, many people are still not persuaded that Darwin’s theory is true (see front page). Will the Church grasp the opportunity to respond to this widespread scepticism and point people to the better and more logical alternative — “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1: 1)? Or will Church leaders continue to pretend that evolution is compatible with the Gospel? (see Denton quote on opposite page). There are now more resources available than ever before, and more and more qualified people willing to speak in support of the Biblical view and expose the serious scientific flaws in evolution. Let’s pray that God will open the eyes of both believers and unbelievers to see the unchanging truth of His word.
You can view the lecture at https://tinyurl.com/y6mah73x
1000 SCIENTISTS DISSENT
An on-line letter, called Dissent from Darwin, has been signed by over 1,000 scientists, including many from highly respected institutions. These scientists say: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”