Logic Train: God Vs. Evolution

Time to ride the Logic Train kiddies!

Why the right is really afraid of science:

(courtesy whiteninjacomics.com)

In truth, I wish it were something to laugh at, but unfortunately, it seems that a majority of Republicans actually don’t believe in evolution, and even some liberals and independants, so if you thought we were through with this following the Scope’s Monkey Trial, or that this was all just a few political blowhards tossing some red meat to the extremists, prepare for a big sigh of disappointment.

As my buddy Cernig points out, it really is a sad thing. As he explains, it’s essentially what you would expect from a society that encourages lazy thought, to throw up your hands in the air and say “screw it, I’m not gonna sit there and do no schoolin’ and read me some books and learn what the hell is goin’ on in the world around me.”

It is pretty easy. There are a lot of things that go on around us that aren’t inherently easy to comprehend, and simply saying, “God made it all,” is a pretty easy out. But there is a danger behind this philosophy as well. For one, it negates both the science that has come to the theory of evolution, which, strangely enough, is the same methodology that has resulted in everything from the pills your doctor prescribes to the cell phone you manage to talk on every time you get in front of me in traffic.

And I’m not just talking scientific method either. Sure, just about everything we use today comes from the same basic intellectual philosophy that has resulted in the theory of evolution. But that particular branch of science, biology, is also negated as well. What is the point of Deoxyribonucleic Acid if God made us from scratch and we haven’t changed one wit since the beginning? There’s no point. There’s also no point for me to grow hair in some of the places that I grow hair upon, and yet I do. According to the created in God’s image theory, there is no explanation from this, but only in evolution’s design can we understand that some of my more inconvenient hairs are throwbacks to my primal ancestors.

I’m not a particularly religious person, but I’m not an atheist. I believe in a God, not necessarily that Jesus Christ was the messiah, but hey, I’m open to the possibility. If anything I’m open minded. And while I’ve gone through fits of spirituality and a lack thereof throughout the course of my life, I have always thought of it as simply this. If there is a God, then he/she/it has chosen to put us upon this planet (which he put here through the vehicle of the Big Bang) through the vehicle of evolution.

It’s an idea that I adopted very early on whilst watching Donald in Mathemagicland which has a quote from none other than Galileo;

“Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.”

But then, this is someone who has always shown a certain level of skepticism towards the bible. It’s not like I’m a Jesus hater or anything, it’s just because I know the Bible was written by people. And whether you think God is perfect or not, one thing you have to admit is that people, unanimously, are imperfect. So while the Bible is intended to be the word of God, it has gone through a people filter, and who’s to say all of those people who contributed are necessarily trustworthy?

But, let’s give you the benny o’ doubt, and assume that all the people who contributed to the Bible actually were trustworthy upstanding folks, who’s to say they actually understood what it was they were seeing and reporting to the rest of us?

Logic Train about to pull out, hop on board.

If people are flawed and capable of imperfection, then it is reasonable to assume that even when confronted with perfection, their interpretation of such will also be flawed. Ergo; the Bible, by its very nature of being the construct of imperfect beings, is in and of itself flawed.

Now, I’m not trying to say that religion is a bad thing. Indeed I’ve always held the highest regard for faith in general, and believe that religious industry aside, religion can do quite a bit of good in the world. But this argument is not one of those examples. This isn’t a holy war, it’s a war of willful ignorance, and one that can actually have a detrimental affect on society. In the immediate, it throws into suspect all discoveries that are related to evolution, which by its very nature, is closely tied to genetics–a field of study that is becoming increasingly relevent in todays medical field.

But on the macroscopic scale it has the potential to discredit scientific methodology completely, the very basis for most things we use in society now. Forget finding alternative fuels, or being able to combat climate change or even how to better communication. It is almost unthinkable to live without any of the advances that science has offered us. And yet, there seems to be a suicidally desperate demographic out there just itchin’ to find out.

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