Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lincoln vs. Darwin: Two Birthdays, Two-Hundred Years Ago

This is an interesting little article from somewhere. Thanks Valerie.

Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were two very influential men, who shared little in common except their birthdays. They were both born on February 12, 1809 – 200 years ago this past Thursday. That’s right. Lincoln, the American president, and Darwin, the English naturalist, came into the world on the same day!
Lincoln and Darwin came from opposite sides of the Atlantic, and they shared an opposite world view. One of them believed that “all men are created equal”, while the other believed that no man was created – period. Each man taught and promoted and fought for his respective “cause”. And the influence of both men has been widespread and far-reaching – even into the 21st century.

Let’s take a closer look at “equality”. Most evolutionists in America say they believe in equality, but is that consistent with the theory they espouse? The truth is, you can’t really believe that “all men are created equal” unless you believe in a Creator God. If we were to change the wording to, “all men evolved equally”, would it be true? Would it work? Such a statement doesn’t even fit the evolutionary theory! There is no equality in evolution. Rather there is “natural selection” and “survival of the fittest” – processes which do not treat all creatures equal or give them all the same opportunity to survive and thrive. Are we Americans OK with that? Well, Karl Marx, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin liked the idea of eliminating “inferior” peoples just as “natural selection” eliminates the weak, the diseased, and the problematic. They were, at least in part, inspired by Darwinian theory. And even here in America many are fine with eliminating unwanted babies or unwanted elderly (you know, we’re just giving “natural selection” a little help!) Friends, we must face the fact that belief in evolution gives rise to inequality.

The good news about Darwinism is that in a just-published Gallup Poll, it was found that only 39% of Americans believe in the evolutionary theory as it is normally taught in our schools and universities. Just 39%! A majority of Americans still believe in “intelligent design” by an Almighty, compassionate God. This, in spite of evolution being taught as the only viable explanation for our origins. Even in Darwin’s own Great Britain, half of them still believe in a Creator God and 43% said they believe in a “young earth”! I am guardedly optimistic that as the evolutionary theory enters its third century, we are not buying it. We are giving it a big thumbs down! It doesn’t sound right, look right, feel right, or work right in everyday life. Perhaps God is granting us success in our warfare against this false teaching: “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
I think it’s safe to say that our nation and world are better off today because of Abraham Lincoln. I wish I could say the same for Charles Darwin ...

Rich Howell