If you have any doubt on the absurdity of evolution, just pay attention to how the notion is applied in everyday life. People speak incessantly — and usually in tones of awe — about how this or that is evolving or has evolved.

The computer has evolved, we’re told, and it’s still evolving. So is the Internet, and modems, and news blogs — and everything else associate with this tool. Fountain pens are evolving, according to the catalogs that I like to browse through. Language is evolving; laws are evolving; cars are evolving. (The Federal Government, as we all know, is devolving.)

The problem, needless to say, is that these things did not evolve; they were created. The computer was invented by men, developed and improved over a period of time — perhaps beginning with the Chinese invention of the abacus, depending on how far back you want to go. A medical doctor invented a bizarre machine that could be programmed to perform useless mathematical calculations, the forerunner of today’s computer.

But the good doctor’s invention did not evolve into the desktops and laptops of today. It was developed into the modern computer by human beings. It was made useful by a host of pioneer software programmers. It was improved and marketed by IBM. It was thoroughly screwed up by Microsoft, and turned into a useless toy by MacIntrash — but human minds and purpose were behind every development of today’s computer.

Now, a Darwinist will quibble here that we’re discussing inanimate objects rather than living beings. Inanimate objects, they will point out, are produced by an external force — in this case, the actions of mankind. Living species, on the other hand, have not been produced by any external force except that of “evolution,” according to the Darwinist. But this external force is the threat of death (Darwinism is the religion of death — more fully addressed in another post), so the external “force” is the existence of death.

The underlying absurdity is the notion that something has simply come into existence by random chance, and the everyday use of the theory of evolution merely highlights the  absurdity. “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could” — even Julie Andrews knew this in The Sound of Music. Everything — whether sentient being or inanimate object — everything that exists was brought into existence by some external force.

And that very act of bringing is what forces mankind to recognize that there is a creator behind everything that exists. More than this, it also forces us to recognize that things are created with a plan, not by random accident. The Darwinist claims that Death is behind every species, driving them with the whip of fear: “evolve or die!” The Christian, however, knows that Love goes before every element of the universe, leading us with the caress of promise: “follow Me and live!”

 

  3 Responses to “Evolution in Everyday Life”

  1. “And, of course, even if you could prove that life (for example) arises automatically out of some particular arrangement of atoms —we haven’t proved it, and we are no nearer proving it than we ever were —the question would still remain to be asked, what power it was which ordained that such an arrangment of atoms should result in the birth of a quite new order of existence.” Monsignor Ronald Knox

    • Excellent quotation. It returns us to the inescapable basic laws of the universe: 1) nothing can come from nothing; and 2) anything that occurs because of some law (such as the laws of physics) automatically requires that there be a Law Giver who exists above and apart from the universe. These conclusions are self-evident; it requires willful self-blindness to ignore them.

  2. Beautifully said! I especially like your final paragraph.

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