Is Creationism a Threat to Human Rights

Is Creationism a Threat to Human Rights? Part 2


by guest Al Mohler

President: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Louisville, KY


In part 1 of this series, Al Mohlerís article began to explain that the Council of Europe, the continent's central human rights body, has declared creationism to be a threat to human rights.† Part 2 now continues with the Councilís affirmation of Darwinian evolution as the reason for their concern about creationism:

"Creationists question the scientific character of certain items of knowledge and argue that the theory of evolution is only one interpretation among others," they argue.  "They accuse scientists of not providing enough evidence to establish the theory of evolution as scientifically valid. On the contrary, they defend their own statements as scientific. None of this stands up to objective analysis." 

So the initial cause of the offense is that creationists argue that evolution is only one theory among others.  Creationists also "question the scientific character of certain items of knowledge," they assert.  This rather awkward wording amounts to the charge that creationists deny the larger structure of naturalistic thought.  Any doubt about the meaning of that charge is removed when the text goes on to state:

We are witnessing a growth of modes of thought which, the better to impose religious dogma, are attacking the very core of the knowledge that we have patiently built up on nature, evolution, our origins and our place in the universe.


The Assembly has constantly insisted that science is of fundamental importance. Science has made possible considerable improvements in living and working conditions and is a not insignificant factor in economic, technological and social development. The theory of evolution has nothing to do with divine revelation but is built on facts.

That last sentence is truly amazing.  Evolution is simply based upon "facts," they claim -- a claim that would make most evolutionary scientists blush.

But the group's commitment to naturalistic evolution is unconditional.  The Council even suggests that the meaning and importance of evolution touches the totality of life and drives the development of societies:  "Evolution is not simply a matter of the evolution of humans and of populations. Denying it could have serious consequences for the development of our societies."

To be continued next week...[1]


[1] used by permission -

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