What makes evolution important? What is the value of evolution? Richard Dawkins explained, ‘…although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.‘ 1 Atheism becomes ‘respectable’ because of Darwin. It is now possible to believe there is no Creator God, and it is not faith without evidence. It is faith (atheism), with evidence (evolution).
In the book of Genesis, chapter 11, verses 1-9 an interesting historical event is recorded. People gathered at a plain in Babylonia. They decided not only to build a city, but also a tower (they disobeyed God’s command in Genesis 1:28, to ‘fill the earth’). That tower was to reach to heaven, which is logically impossible. They wanted a society without God, a secular society. That is what we see today. All over the earth there are efforts to build Babels, cities and societies without God. That is where Darwin fits in, because ‘Darwin’s real achievement was to remove the whole idea of God as the creator of organisms from the sphere of rational discussion.‘ 2 He supposedly made it possible to have cities and societies that are free from God.
Another reason evolution is so important is that it makes it possible to be one’s own god. The devil told Eve in the garden of Eden, if she ate the forbidden fruit, she would become like God. 3 That is good news for people who don’t like God. They don’t need to heed what the real God says. You can be your own god: decide what is best, and live as you like without fear of the future, because the real God has been replaced by a human god. All this is based upon the supposed truth of evolution, namely that the Bible lied about creation. God is not the Creator, so man can become his own god.
Evolution is the foundation of atheism. To be an atheist is to be well informed about evolution. Atheism, they say, is for logical, rational people, who understand that evolution is true. There is no need to cling to the ancient idea of a Creator God. Evolution deleted God (they imagine), although Darwin never proved that evolution is true, ’The origin of species – Darwin’s problem – remains unsolved.‘ 4 That does not deter people. They need to cling to evolution to justify their atheism, the celebration of the immense feeling of freedom from God.
Evolution is mainstream in our time, because it is the essential cornerstone in the building of many towers of Babel around the world.
Question: do you think Darwinian evolution is true?
- R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, WW Norton and Company, 1996,1987,1986, p 6.
- WR Fix, The Bone Peddlers, Macmillan, New York, 1984, p213, cited by R Grigg, Charles Darwin’s mystery Illness, Creation 17(4):29-30, September 1995.
- Genesis 3:4
- SF Gilbert, JM Opitz, RA Raff, Resynthesizing Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, Developmental Biology 173 (1996):357-72, cited by J Wells, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, Regnery Publishing, Inc, 2006, p 57.