Belief in Evolution undermines all beliefs, including Atheism

Richard Dawkins once claimed that Darwin made it possible for a person to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist. We hold not only that Atheism and Evolution are both wrong, but that they are also incompatible with each other.

The theory goes like this. I believe God made me and, along with Rene Descartes, that he isn’t generally trying to deceive me, what with him being good and all. Consequently, it is logical for me to accept that the body and brain he gave me to allow me to function and reason might actually be up to the job. I can trust my conclusions, because they are the result of a trustworthy machine, designed to produce trustworthy conclusions, including my conclusions about a trustworthy God and the trustworthy brain he gave me. This is a consistent worldview, and so could be right.

Darwin on the other hand gets a bit stuck. He believes his body and brain to be the result of natural selection – time, chance, and fortuitous mutation. He has the brain and reasoning he has, not because it enables him to get to know his Creator, but because it gives him a slim survival advantage over other things that don’t have quite the same arrangement, and for as long as it takes for something else to come along that has a different arrangement better suited to the prevailing conditions. So it is not immediately clear why an evolutionist would trust any of his conclusions about God or evolution – after all, they’re just the product of selective advantage that’s mostly about eating and breeding, and not about the nature of the universe and any creator at all, and in any case is just waiting to be bettered. This is a self-defeating worldview. If you believe it, you automatically have no good reason to.

Or, as Darwin himself put it- “With me, the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?”

And that of course, would include any convictions about evolution in the mind of any man who has let Darwin make a monkey out of them…

 

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