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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
December 2003 - 2[12]:48-R

In the News: Evolution of Religion
by Brad Harrub, Ph.D.

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They only have one goal left. That single goal is to teach your children and grandchildren that religion is merely a product of evolution—a manmade creation that humans ignorantly sustain today. In short, evolutionists suggest that they have a materialistic answer for everything. As E.O. Wilson noted: “The final decisive edge enjoyed by scientific naturalism will come from its capacity to explain traditional religion, its chief competitor, as a wholly material phenomenon. Theology is not likely to survive as an independent intellectual discipline” (1995, p. 192).

Think about it. Evolutionists offer a hypothesis of why we walk on two legs, why we crawled out of the ocean to become land-dwelling creatures, why we lost so much hair, why we have such large brain—and now they are focusing on the last icon that stands in the way of a completely materialistic/atheistic society: how to explain away God.

We need to make young people aware that evolutiontists have dug in their heels and refuse to give way—even if the evidence points in another direction. As Scott C. Todd admitted: “Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic” (1999, 401:423). Richard Lewontin lamented: “We cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door” (1997, p. 31, emp. added).

Try as they will, evolutionists never will be able to explain away religion or an Almighty Creator! But they are extremely effective at confusing young people. And what many do not understand is that evolutionists today are not taking aim at the cross and Jesus Christ. They are smart enough to know that such tactics would cause an uprising among faithful Christians all across this nation. Instead, they are focusing on the foundation in which that cross resides. Little by little they are undermining everything that the New Testament teaches, and yet they are doing it in such a way that Christians today do not even realize it until it is too late. The next time you hear the “latest and greatest” theory from science, ask yourself how it fits in with God’s Word—including Genesis 1.

REFERENCES

Lewontin, Richard (1997), “Billions and Billions of Demons,” The New York Review, p. 31, January 9.

Todd, Scott C. (1999), “A View from Kansas on that Evolution Debate,” Nature, 401:423, September 30.

Wilson, Edward O. (1995), On Human Nature (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).



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