Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Evolution is often defined as change over time (from a common ancestor to current organisms). However, all too often organisms do not change as much as our Darwinian friends would want them to.
Take plants like cycads, for instance. They haven’t changed since dino days.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Charles Darwin’s ideas have had bad consequences. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
Bad ideas tend to have bad consequences. Darwinian evolution with its struggle for existence has a sordid track record. Evolution inspired the harsh totalitarian regimes of the 20th century, led to the Second World War, causing great destruction and loss of life.
It inspired racism, eugenics and the holocaust.
But that is not all. A trial in the United States emphasises another rotten fruit of Darwinism: the idea that man is just an animal has led to millions of abortions. Recently, the Washington Post reported:
“A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but was acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.”
Dr. Gosnell killed the babies after they were born. Although this does not differ substantially from killing babies before they are born, it shows that in an evolution-based worldview humans do not have any intrinsic value.
As the Lord Jesus said, a bad tree cannot bring good fruit.
Dennis, Brady. 2013. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell convicted of murder in deaths of three infants. The Washington Post (13 May).
Saturday, 18 May 2013
El Greco: Christ carrying His cross (1580). Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
It is not always easy to follow Christ. The cost of discipleship can be very high, especially in some parts of the world.
Recently, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a Lebanese Christian to a six-year prison sentence and 600 lashes for converting a female co-worker, who later fled to Sweden.
The court sentenced a Saudi man, who was also involved in the lady’s conversion, to two years in prison and 200 lashes.
The men obviously gave the woman some Christian books to read.
Steffan, Melissa. 2013. Saudi Arabia Punishes Two Christians for Converting Coworker. Christianity Today (17 May).
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Pope Francis says rejecting God has led to the current economic crisis. Image courtesy of Casa Rosada, via Wikipedia.
Speaking to four new ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis discussed the reasons for the worldwide financial and economic crisis. He pointed out, “Human beings … are nowadays considered as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away. We have started down the path of a disposable culture.”
He went on to say that this attitude stems from “a rejection of ethics, a rejection of God.”
It is not too difficult to agree with him.
Pope to New Ambassadors: Financial Crisis Rooted in Rejection of Ethics. Vatican Information Service 16 May 2013.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
While animals do not evolve, some machines might have evolved (but not randomly).
It is exceedingly difficult to find any real evidence for Darwinian evolution. However, if we look at lifeless objects, for instance horseless chariots (as they used to be known at one time), we do see enormous changes.
The problem with these changes is that they are not random. Engineers have made intelligent changes to existing machines.
That is actually called intelligent design.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Blind Darwinian mechanisms cannot produce intelligent beings.
On Mother’s Day it is good to think about the origin of motherhood.
Darwinian evolution fails to give a credible explanation of why there are both mothers and fathers. It would have needed a miracle to get a male ape-like human ancestor to evolve at exactly the same time as a female ape-like ancestor, so that leaves absolutely no room for evolution. Actually, a similar chain of improbabilities goes way back to the first sexually reproducing organisms.
The Bible presents a much more credible explanation. According to Genesis 1:27-28 (NIV):
“God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Friday, 10 May 2013
Stephen Hawking boycotts Israel. Image courtesy of NASA.
Science is not the only thing that scientists do. Professor Stephen Hawking was supposed to attend a scientific conference in Israel but he cancelled his coming at the last moment. Initially, the University of Cambridge issued a statement, explaining that he was not well enough to travel. However, he later admitted that his real reason was a desire to boycott Israel.
Professor Hawking is not the only scientist who has used his scientific credentials to dabble with politics or other non-scientific issues. Richard Dawkins has hardly spent any time in a laboratory in decades but has focused on spreading the gospel of atheism. Recently, PZ Myers has defended abortion.
The Hawking case shows that anti-Semitism has definitely not fallen into a black hole.
Plosker, Simon. 2013. Stephen Hawking’s Media Mess. The Times of Israel. (9 May).