While organisms do
change through time, this quality of life is driven by a
complex cellular machinery. To
assume that the sophisticated systems within the cell could have arisen by
pure chance requires a tremendous amount of faith in statistical
improbability. Our world has many features that
testify to the existence of an
intelligent designer. God's handiwork is readily evident in nature,
and therefore, it may indeed require less faith to believe in God than the
possibility that complex structures could simply develop by themselves.
Evolution is a theory of
desperation for those that refuse to accept the obvious -- we were created
for a purpose. To believe in evolution requires faith because the origin of
life and the production of new information through
mutation has not been demonstrated under any conceivable circumstance.
Is evolution then a science or a religion?
Many have stated it is the latter. Evolution has unquestionably been spawned
by atheistic philosophy, and is the key instrument
used by secular humanism to explain the existence of humans independent of
"Humanism is the
belief that man shapes his own destiny. It is a constructive philosophy, a
nontheistic religion, a way of life." American Humanist Association,
full-fledged alternative to Christianity…Evolution is a religion.
This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution
Michael Ruse. Saving Darwinism from the Darwinians. National Post
(May 13, 2000). pB-3.
“As the creationists
claim, belief in modern evolution makes atheists of people. One can
have a religious view that is compatible with evolution only if the
religious view is indistinguishable from atheism.”
Will Provine, No Free Will. Catching Up with the Vision, Ed. By
Margaret W. Rossiter (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999) pS123.
“…evolution is the backbone of biology and biology is thus in the peculiar
position of being a science founded on unproven theory. Is it then a
science or a faith? Belief in the theory of evolution is thus
exactly parallel to belief in special creation. Both are concepts
which the believers know to be true, but neither, up to the present, has
been capable of proof.” L.H. Matthews, "Introduction to Origin
of the Species, by Charles Darwin (1971 edition), pp. x, xi.
[The theory of
evolution] "forms a satisfactory faith on which to base our
interpretation of nature." Harrison Matthews. Introduction to Origin
of Species (1977 edition) p. xxii.
"In fact [subsequent to the publication
of Darwin's book, Origin of Species], evolution became, in a sense, a
scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and many are
prepared to `bend' their observations to fit with it. . To my mind, the
theory does not stand up at all . . If living matter is not, then, caused
by the interplay of atoms, natural forces, and radiation, how has it come
into being? . . I think, however, that we must go further than this and
admit that the only acceptable explanation is Creation. I know that this
is anathema to physicists, as indeed it is to me, but we must not reject a
theory that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it."
H.S. Lipson, "A Physicist Looks at Evolution," Physics Bulletin, Vol. 31,
p. 138 (1980) [emphasis his].
“The theory of
evolution is impossible. At base, in spite of appearances, no one any
longer believes in it….Evolution is a kind of dogma which the priests no
longer believe, but which they maintain for their people.” Paul Lemoine. Encyclopedie Francaise 1937
edition. (President of the Geological Society of France and director of
the Natural History Museum in Paris.)
[The Big Bang]
“…represents the instantaneous suspension of physical laws, the sudden,
abrupt flash of lawlessness that allowed something to come out of nothing.
It represents a true miracle---transcending physical principles….”
Paul Davies, The Edge of Infinity (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981),
“We have all heard of
The Origin of Species, although few of us have had time to read it…A
casual perusal of the classic made me understand the rage of Paul
Feyerabend…I agree with him that Darwinism contains ‘wicked lies’; it is
not a ‘natural law’ formulated on the basis of factual evidence, but a
dogma, reflecting the dominating social philosophy of the last century.”
Kenneth J. Hsu, "Sedimentary Petrology and Biologic Evolution," Journal
of Sedimentary Petrology 56 (September 1986): p730.
“I find it as
difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence
of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to
comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.” Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun as quoted
by James Perloff, Tornado in a Junkyard (Arlington, Massachusetts:
Refuge Books, 1999), p. 253.
[The Big Bang] “…is
only a myth that attempts to say how the universe came into being….”
Hannes Alfvén “The Big Bang Never Happened,” Discover 9 (June
1988), p. 78.
doctrine is itself one of the strangest phenomena of humanity…a system
destitute of any shadow of proof, and supported merely by vague analogies
and figures of speech….Now no one pretends that they rest on facts
actually observed, for no one has ever observed the production of even one
species….Let the reader take up either of Darwin's great books, or
Spencer's ‘Biology,’ and merely ask himself as he reads each paragraph,
‘What is assumed here and what is proved?’ and he will find the whole
fabric melt away like a vision….We thus see that evolution as an
hypothesis has no basis in experience or in scientific fact, and that its
imagined series of transmutations has breaks which cannot be filled.” Sir William Dawson, The Story of Earth and
Man. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1887, pp. 317, 322, 330, 339.
[Darwin, speaking about
Huxley:] "My good and kind agent for the propagation of the Gospel, the
devil's gospel." Robert T. Clark and James D. Bales, "Why Scientists
Accept Evolution", 1988, p. 45.
"Darwin wrote in his
autobiography: `I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish
Christianity to be true ..." M. Grano, "The Faith of Darwinism",
Encounter, November 1959, p. 48
"The fact of evolution
is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of
being a science founded on an unproved theory - is it then a science or
faith?" L.N. Matthews, "Introduction" to Charles Darwin, Origin of
the Species, pp. x, xi (1971 edition)
biology is being carried out by people whose faith is in, almost, the deity
of Darwin. Colin Patterson, The Listener (Senior paleontologist at the
British Museum of Natural History, London.)
warns of a danger: 'A theory, even a scientific theory, may become an
intellectual fashion, a substitute for religion, an entrenched dogma.' This
has certainly been true of evolutionary theory." Colin Patterson,
"Evolution", 1977, p. 150.
"The irony is
devastating. The main purpose of Darwinism was to drive every last trace of
an incredible God from biology. But the theory replaces God with an even
more incredible deity - omnipotent chance." T. Rosazak, "Unfinished
Animal", 1975, p. 101-102.
"Evolution is sometimes
the key mythological element in a philosophy that functions as a virtual
religion." E. Harrison, "Origin and Evolution of the Universe",
Encyclopaedia Britannica Macropaedia (1974) p1007.
A Belief in Evolution is
a basal doctrine in the Rationalists Liturgy."
Sir Arthur Keith. Darwinism and its Critics. (1935), p53
"It is therefore a
matter of faith on the part of the biologist that biogenesis did occur and
he can choose whatever method of biogenesis happens to suit him personally;
the evidence of what did happen is not available."
G.A. Kerkut. Implications of Evolution (1960), p150.
"... evolution became in
a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and
many are prepared to 'bend' their observations to fit with it ...
H.S. Lipson. A Physicist Looks at Evolution. Physics Bulletin, Vol. 31, p138
"The more one studies
paleontology, the more certain one becomes that evolution is based on faith
alone ... exactly the same sort of faith which it is necessary to have when
one encounters the great mysteries of religion." Louis Trenchard More,
quoted in "Science and the Two-tailed Dinosaur", p33
"The doctrine of
evolution is a newly invented system, a newly concerted doctrine, a newly
formed dogma, a new rising belief, which places itself over against the
Christian faith, and can only found its temple on the ruins of our Christian
confession." Dr. Abraham Kuyper, "Evolution" speech delivered in 1899.
"It is a religion of science that Darwinism chiefly held, and holds over
men's minds." Encounter, November 1959, p48 .
"Given the facts, our existence seems quite improbable—more miraculous,
perhaps, than the seven-day wonder of Genesis." Judith Hooper, "Perfect
Timing," New Age Journal, Vol. 11, (1985), p18
"The hypothesis that life has developed from inorganic matter is, at
present, still an article of faith." J.W.N. Sullivan, Limitations of
Science (1933), p95.
"Today the tables are turned. The modified, but still characteristically
Darwinian theory has itself become an orthodoxy, preached by its adherents
with religious fervor, and doubted, they feel, only by a few muddlers
imperfect in scientific faith." M. Grene, Faith of Darwinism,"
Encounter, November (1959), p49.
"Evolution requires plenty of faith; a faith in L-proteins that defy
chance formation; a faith in the formation of DNA codes which, if generated
spontaneously, would spell only pandemonium; a faith in a primitive
environment that, in reality, would fiendishly devour any chemical
precursors to life; a faith in experiments that prove nothing but the need
for intelligence in the beginning; a faith in a primitive ocean that would
not thicken, but would only haplessly dilute chemicals; a faith in natural
laws of thermodynamics and biogenesis that actually deny the possibility for
the spontaneous generation of life; a faith in future scientific revelations
that, when realized, always seem to present more dilemmas to the
evolutionists; faith in improbabilities that treasonously tell two
stories—one denying evolution, the other confirming the Creator; faith in
transformations that remain fixed; faith in mutations and natural selection
that add to a double negative for evolution; faith in fossils that
embarrassingly show fixity through time, regular absence of transitional
forms and striking testimony to a worldwide water deluge; a faith in time
which proves to only promote degradation in the absence of mind; and faith
in reductionism that ends up reducing the materialist's arguments to zero
and forcing the need to invoke a supernatural Creator." R.L. Wysong, The
Creation-Evolution Controversy (1981), p. 455.
"The facts must mold the theories, not the theories the facts . . I am
most critical of my biologist friends in this matter. Try telling a
biologist that, impartially judged among other accepted theories of science,
such as the theory of relativity, it seems to you that the theory of natural
selection has a very uncertain, hypothetical status, and watch his reaction.
I'll bet you that he gets red in the face. This is `religion,' not
`science,' with him." Burton, "The Human Side of the Physiologist:
Prejudice and Poetry," Physiologist 2 (1957).
"Darwinism is a creed not only with scientists committed to document the
all-purpose role of natural selection. It is a creed with masses of people
who have at best a vague notion of the mechanism of evolution as proposed by
Darwin, let alone as further complicated by his successors." S. Jaki,
Cosmos and Creator (1982).
"By calling evolution fact, the process of evolution is removed from
dispute; it is no longer merely a scientific construct, but now stands apart
from humankind and its perceptual frailties. Sagan apparently wishes to
accomplish what Peter Berger calls `objectification,' the attribution of
objective reality to a humanly produced concept . . With evolution no longer
regarded as a mere human construct, but now as a part of the natural order
of the cosmos, evolution becomes a sacred archetype against which human
actions can be weighed. Evolution is a sacred object or process in that it
becomes endowed with mysterious and awesome power." T. Lessl, Science
and the Sacred Cosmos: The Ideological Rhetoric of Carl Sagan," Quarterly
Journal of Speech, 71:178 (1985).