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Let us continue with Deadman:
|See, Darwin wrote in his autobiography that a man can undoubtedly be an "ardent Theist & an evolutionist" (he mentions Kingsley and Asa Gray as examples of such). |
And yet, Darwin unfortunately couldn't cite himself in support of that claim, could he? Oh, no no. He dropped out of Christianity AND theism and wound up, AFAIK, dying as an agnostic.
And as his own words from the christianity.net link made very clear, that dropping out was directly related to his evolution beliefs and their implications, which caused him to first drop the Old Testament historical claims, and then the New Testament historical claims (including those about Jesus Christ), and then theism itself.
(And of course, we've already seen Wilson dropping out of Christianity and theism by his own admission, not to mention Dawkins of course.)
Oh sure sure, evolution-beliefs don't cause everybody to drop out of Christianity and become deists/agnostics/atheists.
By the sheer grace and power of God, many Christians are spared from that fate. But NOT because evolution is compatible with Christianity, as we shall see.
Most importantly, as we've already seen, people ARE slipping through the cracks, losing their faith because evolution is incompatible with Christianity---and if you lose your Christian faith, if like Darwin you can't even believe in Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the Cross anymore, what will happen to you after you die???
So, we must needs continue examining this issue. Too much at stake, honestly. After all, you and I can't hide behind Asa Gray's skirts on Judgment Day!
Therefore, Deadman, let us proceed to the main incompatibilities and hash them out. You said,
|The view that evolution is inherently antireligious is simply false.|
However, I did not say that our topic would be "Evolution is Incompatible with Religion."
After all, if you are a deist, or an agnostic, or an atheist, (yes the 7th circuit court of appeals made clear that atheism is a religion too), you'll have LOADS of fun with evolution. Those three belief-systems are right up the ole evo-alley for sure..
But I said that "Evolution is Incompatible with Christianity." That's the difference. THAT stark reality is what ain't goin' away anytime soon.
And now, let's start off with FOUR very serious, very documented, reasons why evolution is incompatible with Christianity.
1. In biblical Christianity, God is the REQUIRED explanation for the origins and existence of all biological objects (plants, animals, humans, etc) on earth, and He is the REQUIRED explanation for the origins and existence of the stars, the planets, the sun, the moon, and all other cosmological objects -- indeed, the entire universe. The Bible is very clear on this point.
(See Genesis 1:1, Genesis chapters 1 and 2, and see Colossians 1:16, for example. Also see John chapter 1:3 --- "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.")
In contrast, evolution specifically denies that God is the REQUIRED explanation for said origins.
|"People seem to think that Christianity and evolution do or can go together. But I suggest this is only possible for the intellectually schizophrenic.|
Biological theory does not require or allow any sort of divine guidance for the evolutionary process..."
---David Olroyd, professor, School of Science and Technology Studies, University of New South Wales in Australia, speaking to The Weekend Review (Aus), Mar. 20-21, 1993.
|"First, Darwinism rejects all supernatural phenomena and causations. The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the adaptedness and diversity of the world solely materialistically. |
"It no longer requires God as creator or designer (although one is certainly still free to believe in God even if one accepts evolution)."
---evolutionist Ernst Mayr, "Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought", SciAm July 2000.
Okay, let's stop there for a moment. There are three more very serious incompatibilities between evolution and Christianity. The next post will display them.