Darwin’s Deadly Deception and the Devil’s Gospel

Darwin’s Deadly Deception and the Devil’s Gospel, Part 8


By Clint Bishard

Jesus Created Ministries

Last week, I finished by stating that some bad leaven had come into Charles Darwin’s life.  The bad leaven was the rejection of Noah’s Flood by the scientific community and the acceptance of Lyell’s uniformitarian geology.  This new geology was not a matter of science triumphing over the Bible, but a matter of the philosophy of naturalism taking over the scientific community and driving the starting assumptions.  For example, the geologic column is full of evidences for catastrophe, but these evidences were ignored in order to try and explain the present state of the earth by currently observable processes.  Thus a past global flood has no place in this new naturalistic philosophy.

I have spent much time emphasizing the place of geology in the background of Darwin, with good reason.  Darwin has been singled out more than any other as the one who thrust the philosophy of evolution onto the world (as noted in this article by myself).  Darwin was, and still is, verbally tarred and feathered by many for his views.  However, the naturalistic views of biology that Darwin put forward in the ‘Origin’ were just the outcrop of the naturalism already being accepted by virtually all of the scientific community and a lot of church before and during the days of Darwin (see Dr. Terry Mortenson’s book ‘The Great Turning Point’ for information on the few geologist of Darwin’s day remaining true to the Scriptures). 

Darwinian evolution is a product of naturalism much more than it is a cause.  It was the result of the compromises by the scientific community and the church.  These compromises are what set the stage for Darwin’s proposal that natural selection plus millions of years equaled biological evolution.  In other words, without the compromise of accepting millions of years of earth history in the laying down of the geologic column, no biological evolution would have been possible.  As Darwin clearly articulates in the ‘Origin’:

“I am well aware that this doctrine of natural selection, exemplified in the above imaginary instances, is open to the same objections which were first urged against Sir Charles Lyell's noble views on "the modern changes of the earth, as illustrative of geology;" but we now seldom hear the agencies which we see still at work, spoken of as trifling and insignificant, when used in explaining the excavation of the deepest valleys or the formation of long lines of inland cliffs.  Natural selection acts only by the preservation and accumulation of small inherited modifications, each profitable to the preserved being; and as modern geology has almost banished such views as the excavation of a great valley by a single diluvial wave, so will natural selection banish the belief of the continued creation of new organic beings, or of any great and sudden modification in their structure.”[1]

“The belief that species were immutable productions was almost unavoidable as long as the history of the world was thought to be of short duration.”[2]

In other words, Darwin stated that the whole philosophical idea that today’s more complex life forms have slowly developed from simpler life forms was impossible as long as man held to the Biblical timeframe of earth history.  Additionally, he stated that just as the views of naturalism have taken over geology and removed the explanation of the Flood, so likewise would his naturalistic explanations for the development of life takeover biology and remove the supernatural explanation for the origin of the different life forms.  I hope you will continue with me next week as we highlight some of the sad consequences of this naturalistic takeover of science.

[1] Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species and The Decent of Man, The Modern Library (New York: Random House, Inc.), pg. 74.

[2] Ibid, pg. 368.

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