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So, why should we start off with an honest, extended discussion/debate of "Evolution Is Incompatible With Christianity"?
Because, first and foremost, that's the truth, as we shall see. †
Secondly, because of the damage that evolution is doing to the faith of Christians (in some cases, former faith, as it has already been lost). †
Evolution erodes and corrodes Christian faith. †Poisonously so. †Daniel Dennett was right: evolution is "The Universal Acid."
No, evolution is not always the entire gig of why people lose their faith (after all, you're talking about an entire constellation of causes there).
But evolution clearly seems to grease that overall slide downward. †It's a contributing corrosive factor, and it keeps on popping up in various personal testimonies. †Here's two examples.
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|"As were many persons from Alabama, I was a born-again Christian. †When I was fifteen, I entered the Southern Baptist Church with great fervor and interest in the fundamentalist religion. †I left at seventeen when I got to the University of Alabama and heard about evolutionary theory."|
---E.O. Wilson, The Humanist magazine, Sept. 1982
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|"Evolution played an even more central role in torpedoing (Richard) Dawkins' Anglican when he was 15. †Dawkins says he had always assumed that the intricacy of living things meant God must have designed them, just as the English philosopher William Paley argued in his 1802 book "Natural Theology."|
Then Dawkins began to learn about evolution, and he realized that biology could explain life's apparent design without the need for a deity.
"So finally it was Darwinism that did it for my religious faith," Dawkins said in an interview at Oxford University.
---Jeremy Manier, "The New Theology,", Chicago Tribune Online, Jan. 20, 2008
By the way, Manier's article also contains the sad story of Christian college professor (and theistic evolutionist) †Howard Van Till's fall from Christianity. †Might as well check that horror story out too:
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|"If your faith requires supernaturalism, or a God who wields overpowering control over nature, then yes, evolution will challenge that," says Van Till, who took early retirement from Calvin College in 1999.|
So since belief in the biblical Jesus automatically entails belief in supernaturalism (you know, supernatural miracles, including "overpowering control" of stormy winds and waves, and little things like, umm, rising from the dead), Van Till is effectively denying what the Bible clearly and foundationally said about Jesus himself. † †
At that point, you droppin' out of Christianity, folks. †You takin' the A-train straight to Eternal Hell-Fire on your Eternal Butt, and meanwhile thinkin' that you all enlightened, all scientific, and all cool on the tracks.
You gotta be kidding. †All you're doing is proving that Evolution is NOT compatible with Christianity.
And then there's the ultimate tragic back-sliding evolution example, Big Daddy Chuck Darwin himself, your patron saint.
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|"That evolution erodes religious belief seems almost too obvious to require argument. |
It destroyed the faith of Darwin himself, who moved from Christianity to agnosticism as a result of his discoveries and was immediately recognized as a huge threat by his reverent contemporaries."
---Jacob Weisberg, Slate.com, Aug. 10, 2005
The details of evolution's tragic erosion and destruction of Charles Darwin's faith can be found here:
So people we gotta get serious, I don't care what label you wear or don't wear. †Evolutionists from Eugenie Scott and her NCSE gang to the Freeman-Herron evolutionary biology textbook Evolutionary Analysis 4th edition are busy trying to sell you the snake-oiled scam that evolution is somehow compatible with Christianity, even though you can clearly see from the above examples that it is simply NOT compatible.
So that's why we have to talk about it. †Some of YOU, sitting right there, already know that evolution has done some serious corroding and eroding on YOUR personal or former Christian beliefs too. †In fact, some of you used to be Christians but now are NO longer Christians---and evolution is a factor in there somewhere. †
Shoot, every time some of you stick your evolutionist nose close to your keyboards, you keep getting faint whiffs of sulphur and brimstone. †Get a clue baby!!
This is a tragedy. †This is an emergency. †And it's happening to science-loving, God-loving youth and young adults right now. †We gotta at least talk about it, assuming you got the cajones for such discussion.
My next post will offer a short list of the primary reasons why evolution is not compatible with Christianity.