I’m simply blown away by the arrogance of the evolutionists, and probably because they accuse the other side of arrogance that they themselves show in full force. Both sides are FAITH based when it comes to the origin of things, yet they argue about science…
But the charge goes quite a bit further than that, claiming that science — and consequently, the theory of evolution — is entirely “faith-based,” or at the very least, just as faith-based as the belief that the universe poofed into existence a few thousand years ago, exactly according to the synopsis set forth in Genesis 1.
Through this blog, I’ve met some of the people who propagate such an idea. They’re the same folks who describe evolution as a “religion” and call scientists like Richard Dawkins and P.Z. Myers “high priests.” Despite anyone’s efforts to educate them into oblivion, these views seem to have only intensified over the years — surely based in no small part on Ray Comfort’s mind-numbingly bad movie “Evolution vs. God” (in which Comfort accuses biology students of having “blind faith” in their textbooks and professors).
To my knowledge, the response by those on the side of science and reason has always been to deny such faith-baiting accusations, and to explain what differentiates scientific assumptions from the tenets that animate and embody religious faith. But I’ve never been one for toeing the party line. So, without further ado, I give up, and I admit it: I have faith in evolution.
Specifically, I have faith that the vast evidence for common descent — in many different, independent lines of inquiry — is there because common descent occurred, and not because God put it there to deliberately mislead us. Similarly, I have faith that the many different radiometric dating tests that we can do consistently dates fossils and rocks as billions of years old because they are billions of years old, and not because God just wanted us to think that.
I also have faith that the steady progression of life forms we find in the fossil record going back billions of years is there because there was a steady progression of life forms over the ages, and not because, well, that’s just the way it is, so stop thinking about it so much (or because a catastrophic flood somehow neatly sorted all life largely according to the sequences predicted by the theory of evolution).
I have faith that, when astronomers observe objects in space that are millions of lightyears away, they are seeing these objects as they existed millions of years ago, rather than seeing beautiful illusions that God conjured up because he couldn’t figure out how to make pretty things in space without lying to us.
I have faith that, when Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace first presented the theory of evolution by natural selection, their goal was to explain evidence that — even 150 years ago — was quite overwhelming and persuasive — not to attempt to disprove God with a theory that — if true … does not disprove God, any more than modern meteorology does. In the same way, I have faith that when scientists today continue to explore and validate the theory of evolution, they do so because testing hypotheses and predictions is part of their job, and not because they are part of a massive conspiracy to undermine faith in God with a theory that — again — doesn’t even actually do that. And I have faith that, when scientists present yet further evidence — both observed and experimental — confirming the theory of evolution, they do so because finding and sharing scientific evidence is part of their duties as scientists, and not because they are big, fat liars with their pants on fire.
I have faith that when scientists, scientific academies, educators, politicians, activists and citizens of all stripes oppose the teaching of anti-evolutionary ideas in science class, they do so because they believe science curricula should teach only that which is scientifically testable and falsifiable, and not because they hate God and want to make your children into little atheist foot soldiers.
I have faith that when “intelligent design” proponents fail to receive the academic recognition they believe they deserve, it is because they have failed to demonstrate that their position is scientifically tenable and fits the criteria of scientific inquiry — in short, because they have done bad science, and not because all of academia has connived to “expel” them.
So yes, I have “faith” in all these things. Now, is my “faith” in these matters every bit as reasonable and justifiable as those who have “faith” that they are the victims of a vast, worldwide conspiracy, one whose sole goal — despite the fact that it has involved many devout Christians over the years — is to ruthlessly usurp and destroy faith in God at every turn?
Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.