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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Stephen C Meyer

I'm reading it!

Meanwhile, here's an article from someone who has read it:

Does it sound like the ravings of an ignoramus or a lunatic?

There are two (main) groups of us in the anti-Darwin camp: those who started here because of their faith in scripture, whether Islamic or Christian (or whatever); and those who have arrived here because the neo-Darwinian account strains credulity to breaking. I grew up assuming that Darwin was right and only began to doubt the orthodoxy when I read Uncommon Dissent (Intellectuals who find Darwinism Unconvincing).

Does it matter? Why should I get into a muck sweat about your world view and what underpins it?

I think it does matter, and for two reasons. Firstly, Truth matters - axiomatic for me. Secondly, although you may be living your largely blameless life oblivious of the implications of Darwinian evolution, some of those most enthusiastic for the theory have been prominent among those responsible for the horrors of the 20th century - materialistic, collectivist, totalitarian perpetrators of mass murder.

The victims of Eugenics (a direct outgrowth of Darwinism) were followed to the grave by countless tens of millions done to death by Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and lesser monsters who explicitly owed their scientific materialist philosophy to Darwin among others.

Darwin was not a monster. He was a conscientious scientist, who pointed out the falsifiability of his ideas.

All those who believe that they have a fault-free blue-print for Heaven on Earth are, if they get into power, going to be ruthless. I include the Inquisition and the Christian religious warriors of centuries gone by as well as the National Socialists and International Socialists of the last century and today's Jihadists. They are going to be ruthless whether their actions are supported by divine scriptures or by what they call science.

Science is the Daughter of Christianity. Out of Christianity also grew Democracy. The Christian belief in Original Sin leads inevitably to the conclusion that no human is good enough to be in untrammelled power over his fellows. Thank God for the Reformation, for Methodism and for Thomas Jefferson!

Some of you will groan when I declare my anxiety about another lot of dodgy scientists whose blue-print for the future may (God forbid) lead them to ruthless solutions to overpopulation.

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