All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
- John 1.3
For the universe of all things is not under itself or within itself: for it is irrational and impossible to make a statement to this effect, namely, that the universe is above the totality of itself, when, in fact, it is defined by the ultimate causative Power, which is beyond everything and defines everything...
- Eriugena, Periphyseon, Irish, 9th century
Evolution appeals to many people as an explanation for the beginnings, nature, and final state of the cosmos. That’s not news, I know; it’s just curious.
It strikes me as curious, anyway, that so many apparently clear-thinking people can believe in and stake their careers and lives on the flimsy, contradictory, incongruent, and otherwise unsupportable doctrines such a worldview requires.
Take, for example, the doctrine of the eternality of matter. Evolution teaches that matter, in some form at least, is eternal. Now I wonder how the evolutionist knows that? Of course, he doesn’t know it, he simply believes it to be so.
Even if matter were eternal, evolutionists would have to posit this doctrine as an act of faith, because they cannot prove it by the methods of science or reason, which are, in the evolutionary scheme of things, the only reliable tests for truth (see on, doctrine of science).
Or consider the doctrine of chance: Chance, in evolutionary thinking, is unknowable, unpredictable, all-powerful, and as often as not works to the detriment and destruction of matter as to its improvement.
I wonder how evolutionists know that?
Now if I were to teach children in my charge, say at a school, that just outside the doors, and looming over them all day long, lurks an all-powerful force, completely indifferent to their wellbeing or concerns, altogether unknowable and uncontrollable, that will just as soon devour as delight them, do you think their parents might report me to the school board?
Believing in chance, as evolutionists do, flies in the face of another doctrine, the doctrine of order, and its corollary, the doctrine of knowledge. Because the universe is orderly it is therefore knowable.
But how do you square that belief with the belief in chance?
Finally, take the doctrine of science, which insists that science is the only reliable means of knowing truth. Science alone gives us truth. Whatever is not arrived at via the scientific method is not true.
I’d like to see that belief demonstrated by the scientific method.
Evolution is a form of religion, a naturalistic religion which worships the human mind as the final arbiter of truth, and which reserves the right to declare the limits and uses of reality, according to the tenets of human thought.
Don’t get me wrong, science is a great gift. But scientists, trusting in their own best ideas, have come up with some pretty dastardly and destructive notions, leading to some pretty disastrous consequences. Science is a religion as likely to destroy as to ennoble.
Does it take an Irishman to remind the world that matter can neither spawn itself, define itself, sustain itself, or give any rhyme or reason for its existence, much less compose “The Messiah” or write Hamlet?
That there is a greater Being overruling all creation is clear from the most casual observation of a flower, a bee, or the unchanging pattern of the night sky.
What does it say about the force of Christian conviction that we continue to allow such false beliefs to rule our land, shape our children, and determine the moral composition of our culture?
Surely, if only we were more curious – and more obedient – we might show the world, in the Kingdom of God, a worldview far superior to, and more workable than, the religion of evolution?
Psalm 145.1-3, 10-12 (Brother James’ Air: “The Lord’s My Shepherd”)
I will extol You, God, my King, and ever praise Your Name!
I bless You, Lord, for everything, each day and e’er the same!
Great are You, Lord; my praise I bring; unsearchable Your fame!
Your works shall thank You; all Your saints shall praise and bless You, Lord.
Your reign we bless without restraint; Your power fills our words.
Our children we shall educate in all Your splendor, Lord!
Lord, thank You for Your sovereign rule over all things – and over me with them!
We need to polish up our apologetics skills…
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Psalms to Pray for Today, Saturday, and Sunday
Morning: Psalm 119.97-104; Psalm 132
Evening: Psalm 56
Morning: Psalm 119.105-112; Psalm 133
Evening: Psalm 57
Morning: Psalm 113-120; Psalm 134
Evening: Psalm 58
T. M. Moore, Principal
All Psalms for singing from The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Eriugena, pp. 72, 73.